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Rudder Emulation / Nice Option for 2 motors Wing

Hello. How to implement a rudder emulation under arduplane by controlling 2 motors unevenly? So…See More
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Ben Tan commented on Tiziano Fiorenzani's blog post Implementing a simple Trajectory Tracking algorithm with Python
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Mission Planner Servo Page Question

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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

Plant Protection UAS Demand Rising in Northeast China

Posted by viya on April 19, 2019 at 2:30am 0 Comments

2018 July, Heilongjiang China - XAG observes a rising demand for plant protection UAS in northeast part of China, with number of P series units operating in the region growing rapidly during farming season this year.

Heilongjiang Province, along with Liaoning and Jilin…


uAvionix, ProfiCNC, and HEX announce ADS-B IN capability for The Cube Autopilot

Posted by Gary Mortimer on April 18, 2019 at 10:20am 1 Comment

uAvionix, designer and manufacturer of communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) equipment for unmanned and manned aircraft today announced a partnership with CubePilot (ProfiCNC and Hex) designer and manufacturer of the world…


FW-250 Fixed Wing VTOL Plane With 2 Hours Endurance

Posted by yangdaonline on April 10, 2019 at 8:50pm 5 Comments

YANGDA FW-250 is a reliable and affordable VTOL fixed-wing plane designed for long-range inspection, survey, aerial photography, agriculture, search and rescue and public safety applications. As a fixed-wing UAV with…


Delta Manipulander - Adaptive Landing and 3DOF-Manipulation in One System

Posted by Mortz Arns on April 7, 2019 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

A hybrid drone attachment which can pick up, transport, and manipulate objects as well as adaptive land on uneven terrain.

Key advantages

Manipulation Mode:

- Delta-robot like 3DOF manipulation

- Precise and fast manipulation

- Low moving masses, less disturbance of rotorcraft flight…


DIY Drones now at 90,000 members!

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2019 at 6:17pm 4 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 90,000 members!

A few observations on this milestone:

  • It took 12 years to get to 90k members. It's a marathon, not a sprint
  • Although this is a zero-person operation (it runs itself,…

New: Online course on Cargo Drones in Public Health

Posted by Patrick Meier on April 3, 2019 at 3:45am 3 Comments

Dear All,

We're pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our newest online course, which several colleagues at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have already…


Open Source Drone for Aerial Sowing after Wildfires

Posted by lot on April 2, 2019 at 8:00am 1 Comment

As you probably know, the increasing temperatures as created a generation of wild fires that are destroying the forests of California, Chile, Spain, Asia, and other different dry areas of the world.

With this problem in mind we have created this hexacopter to perform Automatic Aerial Restorations. We used digital fabrication…


The problem with airspeed sensors

Posted by sander on April 2, 2019 at 5:30am 24 Comments

Airspeed sensors have been a major concern for both manned, and unmanned aviation alike. Yet almost every fixed wing or VTOL vehicle is dependent on it. So what is wrong with these sensors and why are they used?

How an airspeed sensor should work

A standard airspeed sensors consists of a pitot tube, a temperature sensor and 2 pressure sensors. The pitot tube has 2 ports (holes), one at the tip (like an injection needle) which is called the dynamic port, and…


Long flying time drone: 61 minutes with 2KG payload

Posted by yangdaonline on March 28, 2019 at 1:13am 4 Comments

YD6-1600L hexacopter frame is a multifunctional heavy-lift flight platform. Its…


3" Arducopter PID tuning

Posted by Hugues on March 23, 2019 at 11:31am 1 Comment

Maiden flight and PID tuning of a 3" microquad (Arducopter)




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

Lake Victoria Challenge 2019, registration closes soon!

The Lake Victoria Challenge is still many months away, however, we are approaching our first major milestone of the year – the closing of the LVC Flying Competitions registration on April 25th. Dozens of teams have signed up. These teams represent the future of leapfrogging the continent’s infrastructure deficit and addressing the public health and […]

Sightec raises $2m for autonomous navigation to the aviation market

The company develops an AI based situation awareness system for autonomous flights. The company also announces the appointment of Mobileye executive as its new VP Product. Tel Aviv-based startup Sightec completed a $2m seed round led by Sherpa InnoVentures and Playfair Capital. Sightec develops visual situation awareness system which is based on pioneering computer vision […]

Researchers aim to enhance lost person search and rescue efforts using drones, artificial intelligence

With warmer weather right around the corner, many outdoor enthusiasts are preparing to hit the trails in regional, state, and national parks. All across the country, search and rescue organizations are preparing, too.   In 2017 alone, the United States National Park Service deployed almost 3,500 search and rescue missions in national parks. And while search […]

DBUS2 Nails Home Robbery Suspect

Recently, our customer, who purchased a DBUS2, was playing with his new drone at home in the Willow Glenn neighbourhood of San Jose, Calif. He had gotten it only that morning, a state-of-the-art DBUS2 that navigates solely by sight. He got it in the air almost immediately, no coaching. No finicky GPS and time-consuming calibrations […]

Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UxS Fleet Control Station integrated with MicroPilot Autopilots to enhance BVLOS capabilities

Kongsberg IRIS UxS technology provides enhanced BVLOS situational awareness to MicroPilot autopilot users flying multiple UAS per operator Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based geospatial visualisation software company, and MicroPilot, world leader in professional UAV autopilots , announced today that the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UxS Fleet Control Station has been integrated with the MicroPilot MP2x28 […]

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