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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

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Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

Thermal imaging drone to combat illegal protection of water sources

Posted by Kirk on August 22, 2019 at 12:00am 0 Comments

This morning, I saw a news report. In a reservoir in a city in China, law enforcement officers used drones equipped with thermal infrared cameras to detect nighttime illegal acts and take photos for evidence.

A water reservoir is undoubtedly a key place for a city and an important source of water for urban drinking. Therefore, how to effectively protect the water source, for law enforcement…


Water-landing drones routinely fly BVLOS missions over marine reserve against illegal fishing and pro-biodiversity.

Posted by Mauricio on August 20, 2019 at 8:41am 1 Comment

Two units of amphibian Aeromapper Talons were utilized successfully during a set of trials during an expedition to beautiful Turneffe Atoll in Belize, in a work lead by the Zoological Society of London and the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association. The drones, built by Canadian company Aeromao, were used to detect and document illegal…


Tupperware + ArduRover = super cheap (but still effective) autonomous boat

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 18, 2019 at 9:30pm 1 Comment

From Hackaday:

There’s nothing quite like the sight of a plastic box merrily sailing its way around a lake to symbolise how easy it is to get started in autonomous robotics. This isn’t a project we’re writing…


Tersus Oscar RTK base station

Posted by Haley Hu - on August 13, 2019 at 6:30pm 5 Comments

Tersus Oscar RTK receiver is finished. 

The Oscar GNSS Receiver is a new generation GNSS RTK system. It supports calibration-free tilt compensation function which is immune to magnetic disturbances, leveling pole is not required. Easy configuration with 1.54 inch interactive screen on Ultimate and Advanced…


XAIRCRAFT P30 Plant Protection UAS wins at Red Dot Design Awards 2018

Posted by viya on August 8, 2019 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

2018 April 9th, Essen, Germany - The Red Dot Design Awards announced its 2018 winners, XAIRCRAFT Plant Protection UAS P30 awarded the title ‘Red Dot’ in product design.

Founded in 1955, the Red Dot Design…


Temperature monitoring in climate change research using UAV thermal imaging

Posted by Workswell on August 8, 2019 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Billions of people suffer the effects of inadequate access to water. Strategies for mitigating and adapting to such outcomes are urgently needed. Maintenance of healthy vegetation is a necessary pre-condition of this globally-preferential state. And for this purpose, a suitable tool is needed to inform how effective this effort…


HD Streaming Live Ardupilot/PX4 Drone Footage to Your Application or to Facebook/Youtube using Wowza Media Server

Posted by XBStation 4G UAV Solution on August 8, 2019 at 2:57am 0 Comments

Video below we stream video to my website demo with RTMP Adobe Flash Player

  • If you have a business drone for delivery, security, ambulance using Ardupilot/PX4 firmware, it is necessary to play live video from drone footage for your clients/partners from your application. And…

To Accelerate Smart Agriculture, XAG Presents Applicable Solutions on Scaling Agritech at World Economic Forum

Posted by viya on August 6, 2019 at 11:42pm 0 Comments

July 3, DALIAN – The World Economic Forum’s 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC), or Summer Davos, has taken place in Northeast China’s coastal city Dalian from 1st-3rd, July. As a foremost international summit to drive innovation and forge partnership, this year’s meeting, themed Leadership 4.0: Succeeding in a New Era of Globalisation, brings together a record number of participants from over 120 countries to address the world’s major challenges.…

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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

Quantum Signs for 26 Electric Airplanes from Bye Aerospace

Bye Aerospace announced that Quantum Air has signed a purchase deposit agreement for 22 of its all-electric four-seat eFlyer 4s and 2 two-seat eFlyer 2 airplanes. The company also signed a comprehensive agreement that includes two future advanced aircraft under development from Bye Aerospace.  George E. Bye, CEO of Bye Aerospace, welcomed Los Angeles-based Quantum Air to […]

senseFly brings an expanded portfolio of versatile, industry-leading fixed-wing drone innovations to INTERGEO 2019

Designed to enable safe and accurate mapping, the company’s robust, easy-to-operate fixed-wing solutions can be explored at booth B3.078, Hall 3, Stuttgart, Germany; 17-19 September 2019 Cheseaux-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, August 22, 2019 – senseFly, the global leader in fixed-wing drones, will showcase its dynamic range of market-leading fixed-wing drone solutions and sensors at INTERGEO 2019 in […]

RAF Sees Demo of New Protector Capabilities

SAN DIEGO – 22 August 2019 – On August 16th, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) gave a flight demonstration to Royal Air Force (RAF) senior leadership and RAF Reaper operators, as well as guests from the U.S. Marine Corp. and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). The flight showcased MQ-9B SkyGuardian – GA-ASI’s development RPA that the RAF’s […]

Avion Unmanned Wins Multi-State Contract To Provide Unmanned Aircraft System Services For The Public Sector

Huntsville, AL – Avion Unmanned, the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) division of Avion Solutions, Inc., was recently awarded Contract E194-79435 by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This contract opens the door for Avion Unmanned to provide UAS services to state and local government agencies in all 50 states.  “Providing a simplified direct path for government agencies at all […]

AeroVironment Donates 87 Quantix Drones and AV DSS Ecosystems to 35 U.S. University Agriculture Departments to Advance Drones in Farming

2019 University Collaboration Project advances academic research, applications and crop production practices Quantix™ hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) deliver on-demand field intelligence to improve crop management for today’s growers     Drone and data analytics ecosystem to be used in a wide variety of precision agriculture research studies  AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), […]

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