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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 birthplace of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk autopilot runs a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • PX4, a pro-quality copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Dronecode Foundation
  • 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

Indoor Obstacle Avoidance with ArduCopter and TeraRanger sensors

Posted by Mateusz Sadowski on February 21, 2018 at 2:00am 2 Comments

At Terabee we did some intensive experiments with TeraRanger Tower and Pixhawk running ArduCopter. The purpose of the experiment was to explore the obstacle avoidance indoors using rangefinders only.

In our setup we used TeraRanger Tower with 8 sensors (in a…


Skydiddy startup

Posted by Jack Crossfire on February 20, 2018 at 3:54pm 1 Comment

Really impressive demos from Skydio in Redwood City. Quad copter startups have been hit or miss & it looks like the same pile of plastic scrap that every startup besides Apple produces, but what they showed here was exactly what I wanted to do for years, with ground vehicles. It looks like it could really navigate…


UAV/Drone thermal imaging camera for gas detection – Workswell GIS-320

Posted by Drone thermal camera on February 20, 2018 at 11:46am 1 Comment

Thermal imaging camera for gas detection

Under certain circumstances, infra-red cameras are highly suitable for detecting gas escapes and the presence of gas in the air. They can be also helpful during tests on improving environmental safety. A thermal camera can detect…


Using Intel Aero with UgCS

Posted by Kristaps Brass on February 20, 2018 at 6:22am 0 Comments

Intel Aero is a cool little drone for developers that can be configured for various tasks and applications.

Due to it's versatility it's also possible to use it with UgCS. In this guide we will explain how.

1. Install latest firmware on vehicle. We did our tests on version…


DX80 flashlight flight test on a drone

Posted by Hugues on February 18, 2018 at 10:11am 2 Comments


This is the follow up video showing a test flight of the monster 32000 lumen flashlight mounted on a drone (and remote operated via an ESP8266 wifi DIY solution).

Fore those interested, check my previous build video about mounting the DX80 flashlight on a drone : …


Low current drain battery monitor with pixhawk interface (10 cell)

Posted by Echo G on February 16, 2018 at 9:00am 5 Comments

In-flight monitoring of total battery voltage and individual cell voltage is important for accurately estimating flight time. Monitoring the cell voltages during flight and operating load conditions help to predict battery health and cell degradation. 
We designed a battery monitor board…

Agriculture Drones: How Are Drones Being Used for Farming? (Infographic)

Posted by Jet Flora on February 13, 2018 at 10:34pm 0 Comments

The use of drones in agriculture is the future. Heavy lift drones capable of crop dusting and drones equipped with multispectral sensors will change the way in which farming is done.

With greater refinements in drone technology and implementation, we will see the agricultural drone sector take off. According to Global Markets Insight Inc., the Agriculture Drones Market will be valued at $1 billion by 2024.

How are drones being used for farming? Check this Infographic from…


Background on the amazing Intel drone swarm demo at the Olympics

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 11, 2018 at 4:24pm 5 Comments

Here's some background on the amazing Intel drone displays at the Olympics. 

Wired article here

Intel video:…


Arctic campaigns

Posted by Martin Mueller on February 10, 2018 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

We are out for UAV field campaigns again. After one week of flying over sea ice of the Baltic sea in northern Finland we are now heading for Svalbard.…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here. The current round, the Vertical Horizontal one, is here

UAV news from sUAS News

Drone Photography in Whale Research

whale Randy Jay Braun and Stacy Garlington We have all seen fascinating aerial photographs of massive whales as they navigate through the waters of the world’s oceans. Since the release of the DJI Phantom quadcopter drone in 2013, humans have a completely capable and unexpected new tool to view and study such creatures in their natural marine habitats. […]

Next Step in the Microdrones and Trimble Partnership: Seamless Integration with Trimble Business Center Software

Rome, NY – As the preferred provider of Vertical Take Off and Landing drone systems to the Trimble network of geospatial dealers, Microdrones is pleased to report its progress on this partnership to date. Since October of 2016, Microdrones has signed more than 35 Trimble distributors worldwide. The Microdrones presence through Trimble now spans all seven continents, with a […]

Nine hours of flight for XTEK solar Lynx mapping drone

XTEK XTEK operates a Lynx fixed wing UAS manufactured by SRP in Arizona USA. The Lynx has a class-leading endurance of 3 hours from a 3.5 Kg hand launched mapping platform and is capable of performing deep stall landings. The Lynx represents exceptional bang for buck in the mapping of large acreage where endurance is a […]

My bid for AUVSI President 2018 – Patrick Egan

We as an industry community have a rare opportunity to work with both a new Presidential Administration that understands the nuances of the aviation business  (Trump Airlines and a Part 135 charter helicopter service), as well as a new FAA Administrator.  The current “leadership” contract is up for renewal, and there are many in the […]

Lithium-ion Batteries Key to Powering UAVs

By Felix Frisch, VP Marketing and Sales, Epsilor Electric Fuel Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are gaining more popularity in both the defense and civilian sectors thanks to their effectiveness and ease of operation when compared to manned aircraft. Battery-powered aerial vehicles are already in use for various functions of military intelligence, as well as for […]

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