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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
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You partner in composite manufacturing

Posted by Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov on April 3, 2020 at 6:26am 0 Comments

Many DIY flying projects require professional composite manufacturing.

I would like to introduce our company to you as a partner in the production of composite parts for UAV, ULA, satellites as good as a marine ship and boats.
The main direction of the activities of our company is services for the design,…

Using Drones to Maintain Social Distancing During a Lockdown

Posted by Utsav Chopra on April 2, 2020 at 3:30am 0 Comments

In the wake of the recent COVID-19 outbreak which has affected almost every nation, government organizations and law-enforcement agencies are in search of an effective solution to fight this pandemic with minimal human interaction.

Drones seem to be an appropriate solution to tackle this menace. Apart from the transportation of emergency medical & pharmaceutical supplies, health-kits and blood…


ArduCopter-Sitl for artificial intelligence

Posted by andre van calster on March 28, 2020 at 3:37am 3 Comments

This video demonstrates a modified ArduPilot-Gazebo simulation for artificial intelligence (AI). A ROS subscriber is implemented with a AI python script. A human walking actor is added in Gazebo to simulate a human obstacle. More details can be found at my…


4 Ways Drones Help Authorities & Businesses Fight COVID-19

Posted by Utsav Chopra on March 26, 2020 at 4:00am 1 Comment

COVID-19 i.e. the coronavirus disease has been aptly called the Black Swan of 2020 — a global contagion that will disrupt public health and the global economy. With social distancing…


Remote Drone Operations in times of Covid-19

Posted by on March 25, 2020 at 9:38pm 0 Comments

Many commercial drone operations rely on several people in the field: usually a pilot, a payload/camera operator and sometimes additional domain experts depending on the mission type. In times of a pandemic - as we have it with Covid-19 at the moment - you want to avoid people being outside or travel as much as possible. But some drone operations can't be postponed - for example inspection of critical infrastructure, Search & Rescue or curfew enforcement. In this situations staff in the…


Drone obstacle avoidance in 2003: 264 pixels and 8-bit processors

Posted by Geoffrey L. Barrows on March 19, 2020 at 8:18am 8 Comments

Figure 1: (left) Foam drone with optical flow sensor mounted under a wing, Summer 2001. (right) Foam drone with optical flow sensors for attempted obstacle avoidance, Summer 2002.

Today it is universally acknowledged that drones operating close to the ground need some sort of obstacle avoidance. What I am about to tell is the story of our own…



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Using AirSim to train an autonomous racing drone

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2020 at 11:45am 0 Comments

Very cool research from Microsoft on using their AirSim simulators to train racing drones for the real world:

Humans subconsciously use perception-action loops to do just…


200 meters in the bright African sun

Posted by Nadia Nilsen on March 12, 2020 at 10:50am 0 Comments

LightWare is delighted to launch our new long range microLiDAR™. The SF30/D is ideal for altitude management above 400 feet. Each SF30/D is range tested in the bright African sun to ensure super performance in the hands of our customers.

The SF30/D laser measurement sensor provides real time, accurate altitude (AGL) measurements…


UAVCAN v1.0 is here

Posted by Pavel Kirienko on March 11, 2020 at 10:26pm 0 Comments


This is a cross-post from the ArduPilot blog.

UAVCAN was first announced six years ago, in early 2014, as an RFC doc published on this website. Over the following few years, it saw adoption in numerous systems – mostly UAV,…

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

Swoop Aero – The Positive Impact of Engineering

Around the world, demands on the profession and practice of engineering are increasingly shifting to reflect new challenges and expectations fuelled by the pressures of globalisation and global insecurity. The role of an engineer is to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems; helping to save lives and create new technological advancements, which can improve the […]

UAV Navigation’s autopilots can now control Sky Powers engines

UAV Navigation and Sky Power have collaborated to design cutting-edge flight control solutions. The two companies recently joined hands and agreed to integrate Sky Power’s Engine into UAV Navigation’s Flight Control Solutions. Following this collaboration, UAV Navigation’s flight control system seamlessly integrates with Sky Power’s 2-stroke and Wankel engines. This seamless integration makes it extremely […]

UAS Operators Cautioned to Not Disrupt Food Supply Chain During COVID-19 Pandemic by Interfering with Low-Flying Ag Aircraft

ALEXANDRIA, VA – April 2, 2020 – As the nation enters the upcoming growing season in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the National Agricultural Aviation Association (NAAA) is asking all Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) operators to be extra mindful of low-flying manned agricultural aircraft operations. “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared crop […]

Aerodyne divests interest in Denmark based wind turbine company, ATSITE

Aerodyne Group announced today that it has divested its interest in AtSite(formerly Aerodyne AtSite), Denmark by selling its stake back to AtSite’s original shareholders, Rene Merrild Holding Aps and Obling Rasmussen Holding Aps. Elaborating on the divestment, Aerodyne’s Founder and CEO, Kamarul A Muhamed, said, “Aerodyne’s aggressive global expansion strategy places it in 25 countries […]

DroneUp Acquires AeroVista Innovations

Acquisition Adds Training to Complete Drone Solutions Momentum Virginia Beach, VA (April 2, 2020) — DroneUp, LLC, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, is pleased to announce that it has acquired AeroVista Innovations, LLC (AVI) to provide full-service drone training to private and public sector organizations. DroneUp has acquired AVI’s assets, […]

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