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Stabilize mode Yaw Law

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Welcome to DIY Drones!

Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! Use the tabs and drop-down menus above to navigate the site.


This community is the home of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • ArduCopter, a fully-autonomous multicopter and heli UAV system
  • ArduPlane, a pro-level UAV system for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                    Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms

Blog Posts

CAD Drones Cloud - Open Source - Powered By Autodesk Fusion 360!

Posted by Joshua Johnson on July 30, 2014 at 10:47pm 1 Comment

Hello Diy Drones Universe,

This is Joshua Johnson here to discuss CAD Drones, LLC's long term project that will be the heart and soul of our Drone company that began a little over 5 months ago!  Right away we saw the potential in Cloud Computing related to the storage and Open Source collaboration of CAD Files and Autopilot Code related to Drones.  The future of…


Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone

Posted by Scott Penrose on July 30, 2014 at 8:30pm 5 Comments

Because it's a useful tool. And imagine what Louis XIV could have accomplished at Versailles if he'd had one

There’s been a lot of discussion and a tremendous amount of speculation lately about the nature of drones and their role in our society as useful tools and hobbyist toys.

Last year, while celebrating my birthday in…


Our multicopter flight controller has been chosen

Posted by UASys on July 30, 2014 at 7:00pm 2 Comments


Hi everyone!

It's the team from UASys again. We just wanted to give everyone an update on how we are going with our safe, practical and affordable multicopter design.  We’ve been looking at some pretty cool options with flight…


Terminator Was Not Open-source: How 3D printing and DIY drone community are changing perceptions.

Posted by Annelie Koller on July 30, 2014 at 12:00pm 1 Comment


DJI Phantom 1.5 - 24mm Battery Door by BrianSelfDesign

My blog post below is probably  preaching to the converted in this forum, but I am a female, creative technologist and new UAV enthusiast,  and I have been doing some research on the subject of UAV.  For myself and to a lot of…


A Simpler Option for Aerial Imagery

Posted by Taylor Glenn on July 30, 2014 at 12:00pm 13 Comments

Hello. As a long time lurker here, I'd like to share my latest project with the DIY Drones community.

In working with orthophoto generation from UAV imagery using the current crop of still-photo stitching based programs, I have found the process to be complicated and…


Congratulate us! website launched their own videos Map (created by MoviesOnMap)

Posted by MoviesOnMap on July 30, 2014 at 11:15am 0 Comments is very happy to announce the first "outdoor" implementation of the map from on the website of video's owner. Map on the contains only videos of QuadCam.

You can see all the videos by here:…


The Techstation

Posted by wayne garris on July 30, 2014 at 8:30am 8 Comments

Hey everyone,

 I have to admit, I am a little fed up with the "ground stations" available on the market today. First off, good luck seeing most laptops or tablets at all outdoors. Second, good luck modifying or repairing your laptop / tablet. It can be done but its usually a major pain with a good chance of breaking something.…


ODROID-W Raspberry Pi Clone

Posted by Tilman Griesel on July 30, 2014 at 6:09am 6 Comments

I saw this Raspberry Pi clone today the first time and will definitely try it in september. A lighter, smaller alternative to the rpi.

From the description:

ODROID-W is a miniature computing module which is fully compatible with all software…


HobbyKing Releases the Bixler 3!

Posted by Dave Smith on July 30, 2014 at 6:00am 6 Comments

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)

Bixler 3 

A few nice improvements, including a (slightly) larger wingspan, a plywood tray for the canopy, wheels, and flaps.

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)  

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF)


• Easy and fun to fly

• Plug and Fly -…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Drone Delivery Challenge, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Search for missing man marks Texas group’s resumption of drone use following court ruling

Search for missing man marks Texas group's resumption of drone use following court ruling

HOUSTON — A Texas-based group that had been embroiled in a legal fight over its use of drones in its searches for missing persons has resumed utilizing the unmanned aircraft. Texas Equuearch began using a drone Wednesday in its search…

3D Robotics buys interactive-toy maker Sifteo for undisclosed sum

3D Robotics buys interactive-toy maker Sifteo for undisclosed sum

Edie Sellers Leading consumer and hobbyist drone manufacturer 3D Robotics of Berkeley announced Tuesday that it has acquired San Francisco-based electronic-toy maker Sifteo for an undisclosed sum. According to a press release, the focus of the newly combined companies will…

PSDJ Comments on FAA Rule Interpretation on Model Aircraft

PSDJ Comments on FAA Rule Interpretation on Model Aircraft

During the monthly meeting in July, the board of directors of the Professional Society of Drone Journalists decided to take action and formally comment on the Federal Aviation Administration (of the United States) interpreting rules for model aircraft. Our full…

House of Lords launches inquiry into civil use of drones

House of Lords launches inquiry into civil use of drones

The House of Lords is holding an enquiry into the civil use of drones, to determine whether the conditions are right “for the industry to take off”. In a call for submissions, aimed at gathering expert written and oral evidence…

Why won’t the FAA let students fly drones?

Why won't the FAA let students fly drones?

By Carl Franzen From the the Seattle Space Needle to a fireworks show in Florida to Martha Stewart’s farm in upstate New York, it seems like small, privately-owned drones are popping up everywhere across America these days, providing us with previously unattainable, breathtaking aerial views. They’re…

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