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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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Lightweight 3D Printed Endurance Quadcopter

Posted by yannis on July 20, 2018 at 8:00am 2 Comments

I'd like to share a project I've been busy with for the past months. It's a lightweight, small size quadcopter built for long flight time. The AUW of the quad is 85g, and uses geared propulsion with micro DC motors. Controlled by a F4 brushed flight controller, and using a 300mah 2S lipo battery. With this configuration it achieves around 10 mins flight time, which could be further increased with a redesign of some structural parts focusing further on…


Pentacopter build log

Posted by Tao Du on July 20, 2018 at 6:00am 6 Comments

A step-by-step guide to building my own pentacopter:

Everything (software and hardware) is open-sourced and publicly available.

flight video:…


New personal UAV BlackFly Opener

Posted by Arnaldo Santos on July 19, 2018 at 4:11pm 5 Comments

I would like to share a recent project that I found on the internet, such a nice design these guys made with carbon fiber body.  I wonder if they are using pixhawk 2.1? lol

It looks so light flying!

Does it seem to be a combo design using a vtol vehicle with helium inside?l What do you guys…


Performance design

Posted by Duffy on July 18, 2018 at 7:30am 2 Comments

Having now worked for a few years on the development of the Raptor drone series I thought I share some thoughts on the design process and impact this has on performance.

When initially started designing for this series of drones the priority matrix was reduced to a single design element... ie…


JJRC 1000A Quadcopter Drone Remember?

Posted by Jack on July 17, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments


Quadcopter Drone Flying Characteristics

All in all the JJRC Quadcopter Drone is a very robust, stable flyer. Changing the direction the Quadcopter is pointing towards (the yaw rate) is not spectacular in low rates but is quite acceptable in the top 100% mode. However when flying in this mode be aware any sharp…


Thermal Camera For Drone,With 50mm Lens And Tracking & Geotagging

Posted by yangdaonline on July 17, 2018 at 2:24am 0 Comments

Sky Eye-T50 is a 3-axis high stabilized gimbal with thermal camera.The thermal camera is with 640*480 resolution,25HZ,allows you to detect targets in the night or low visibile conditions,and provides you with priceless information.Furthere more,the thermal camera comes with a 50mm lens,which will enable you to get very clear thermal image…


Solar Rechargeable Cyclocopter Blimp

Posted by Elena S on July 16, 2018 at 7:16pm 0 Comments

Please support the campaign on Indiegogo:…


New rugged hand-held GCS with the ultimate modularity

Posted by Azjeg on July 16, 2018 at 3:00pm 2 Comments

We have a new Android based fully rugged ground control station format for some serious UAV/USV work. We’ve been calling it simply the RHH, and it was developed with extensive modularity in mind from scratch. As the supporting and enthusiastic community of DIYdrones looks more and more like the primary meeting…


DRONEE announces partnerships with resellers

Posted by Tomi Piriyev on July 16, 2018 at 4:17am 1 Comment

DRONEE produces and commercializes professional drones for surveying, mapping and inspection applications.
DRONEE PLANEis a lightweight fully…

SokilLink all-in-one wireless link

Posted by on July 11, 2018 at 3:02am 13 Comments

We are pleased to announce our latest development: SokilLink!

It is a complex both software and hardware solution for Mavlink-powered autopilots.

In short, our solution will allow you to build…



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

FAI and Freespace Drone Racing in new three-year drone sports agreement

Lausanne, Switzerland 20 July 2018 – FAI, World Air Sports Federation, and Australian giant drone racing team Freespace Drone Racing have agreed to extend their coordinated efforts in the development of drone racing as a global sport. The two organisations have signed a memorandum of understanding that recognises the significant progress made by each party and […]

Student wins Ricoh scholarship for drone-enabled precision agriculture solution

Ricoh USA, Inc. today announced that Veenadhari Kollipara of Interlake High School in Bellevue, WA is the winner of the 14th annual Ricoh Sustainable Development Award (RSDA). For her winning invention, an end-to-end solution that lowers the barrier of entry for precision agriculture, she is awarded a $10,000 scholarship. In its 14th consecutive year, the […]

Maxar Technologies’ MDA to provide mission-critical sensors for the SPACE DRONE™ on-orbit servicing spacecraft built by UK’s Effective Space

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR), today announced that a contract was signed between its recently acquired Neptec UK Ltd. (Neptec) company and Effective Space, the UK company pioneering last-mile logistics in space, for the supply of a space flight LIDAR and infrared camera for its […]

SkyX Unveils New Design at #FIA18 SkyTwo

SkyX is at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow – #FIA18 – one of the two biggest air shows on the planet. (The other is Le Bourget, and is held outside of Paris on alternating years.) This show features all of the major aerospace players: Boeing, Airbus, Lockheed Martin – and many more. (Plus, suppliers of […]

The Plexidrone Coalition – fighting for consumer rights

plexidrone Plexidrone the Canadian darling of the crowdfunded drone world raised more than $2 million dollars in backing on December 1st 2015. At the time it looked like a very advanced platform. It is not uncommon for crowdfunded projects to slip on delivery times, in fact, it’s almost expected. One of our first callout’s of Plexidrone […]

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