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Sony A6000 settings

Hi folks.  Im setting up my tuffwing with a Sony A6000 fitted with a 20mm lens.  Im hoping that…See More
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TBS Discovery with Pixracer 2.8.4 altitude hold problem

Hi Guys,I have a big problem with my TBS Discovery DIY builded drone. It is based on Pixhawk 2.4.8…See More
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yannis commented on yannis's blog post Lightweight 3D Printed Endurance Quadcopter
"That's impressive! I imagine it is 1S since it is a single 18650? What kind of motor/props…"
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Sony A6000 settings

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Programmable drone (Mini/micro or nano)

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Drone motor jerking

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Lightweight 3D Printed Endurance Quadcopter

Posted by yannis on July 20, 2018 at 8:00am 4 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 4 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

FAA Statement–Federal vs. Local Drone Authority

Congress has provided the FAA with exclusive authority to regulate aviation safety, the efficiency of the navigable airspace, and air traffic control, among other things. State and local governments are not permitted to regulate any type of aircraft operations, such as flight paths or altitudes, or the navigable airspace. However, these powers are not the […]

Southampton Town Board Resolution No. 2018-552

By Joanna L. Steidle I am an FAA Part 107 certified remote pilot who recently started a small business, Drone X Images. My drone has become an entity in herself, named “Spacecat”. I want her to be an asset to the community, locals are just starting to get to know her, asking where she will […]

Nesta – The UK has a golden opportunity to shape the future of drones

Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, in partnership with Innovate UK, has today released its findings from the first phase of the Flying High programme, outlining the opportunities and challenges for implementing drone technology in UK cities. Flying High comprises a collaborative engagement with five UK city-regions chosen earlier this year (Bradford, London, Preston, Southampton and the […]

Persistent Systems welcomes MartinUAV as Wave Relay® Ecosystem partner

Persistent Systems, LLC (“Persistent”) announced today that it has entered into a five-year partnership with MartinUAV, LLC (“MartinUAV”). MartinUAV will incorporate Persistent’s Wave Relay® Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) technology into the V-BAT, a small vertical takeoff-and-land (VTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). “Persistent is proud to have been selected out of the many commercially available […]

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 […]

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