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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

50th man on the moon ANNIVERSARY

Posted by Jonatan Domenech on July 20, 2019 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

Hi DIY DRONES friends,

Because of the "man on the moon" 50TH anniversary I would like to share with you the 3d printed moon project. It is a 22 GB digital model from Nasa LRO data that can be any size 3d printed. 




Freeman - vertical take-off and landing fixed wing

Posted by makeflyeasy on July 18, 2019 at 6:16am 3 Comments

Freedman -- is a vertical take-off and landing fixed wing with tilting transformation. The wing length is 2.1 meters, the flight speed is 18m/s, the A7R camera is mounted, the battery is 6S16000mah, the flight time is 70 minutes, the take-off weight is 6.5kg.

Gas Drone 3 Hour flight time

Posted by Nicolai Valenti on July 15, 2019 at 2:21pm 2 Comments

Finally we got all the flight tests done on our hybrid generators.

You can see some of them on youtube like this one …


High frequency signal injection and field orientation control for brushless motors

Posted by YC on July 13, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

After my field orientation control algo worked, I applied it to the quadrotor that I am building. Then, I noticed there are about 30% of chance of reverse spin in any of the hour motors. Then, things get pretty challenging, there are only about 0.7^4 of change that all motor will spin in correct direction. In real life, it is painful to start the…


Airbot Systems Mini carrier board combo

Posted by Airbot Systems on July 9, 2019 at 6:46am 2 Comments

We are happy to introduce our new PCB boards, dedicated to the use of the famous Pixhawk autopilot : the Cube!

The Mini carrier board now comes with a Mini PDB 180A, that would help to keep the drone assembly as clean and compact as possible. You can find more details on the user manual (bottom of product page)…


Share live stream and control drone with multi GCS ( one drone - multi GCS)

Posted by XBStation 4G UAV Solution on July 8, 2019 at 8:00am 0 Comments

We are developing a function to share the stream video and controller drone with multi Ground control station (2-3 or more GCS) via internet ( wifi, 4G LTE).

For example: Have 2 GCS control drone same time (A…


What happened to open source tracking cameras?

Posted by Jack Crossfire on July 5, 2019 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

They began with the Skydio, a quad copter which could follow subjects through forests with only machine vision.  Today, subject tracking cameras based on machine vision have reached consumers in standalone packages, the facebook portal, the…


uBlox ZED-F9P new GPS test (and comparison to M8 series)

Posted by Hugues on July 5, 2019 at 9:09am 1 Comment


This is a quick test and comparison between uBlox F9 and M8 series GPS. uBlox ZED-F9P is a multiband GPS that theoritically gets a better precision and faster acquisition.

Test was done using Ardusimple's SimpleRTK2B evaluation board.



New TBT-AV1 300Mhz SAME70/V71 (ARM M7 core) Flight/Robotics Controller Design Finished

Posted by Thomas Butler on July 2, 2019 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

The TBT-AV1 from Thomas Butler Technology, Rockford, Illinois, USA is a clean-sheet design 300Mhz flight/robotics controller using the Atmel/Microchip SAM E70/V71 (ARM M7 core with hardware AES256 encryption and FPU) automotive grade micro-controller. The I/O is compatible with…


VTOL testflight

Posted by andre van calster on July 2, 2019 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Simple testflight of my E-Flite Convergence equipped with a pixracer flight controller complemented with a "sbus to pwm" home-made circuit to extend the number of servo outputs. Flight stack: Ardupilot Quadplane; Flight mode: loiter.



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

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A³ by Airbus UAM Trajectory Planning and Optimization Engineer

Airbus believes in the potential of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) to transform our cities for the better. By pushing the limits of technology in the fields of connectivity, artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and electric propulsion, our aim is to develop sustainable mobility systems that bring maximal societal benefit while causing minimal environmental impact. To this […]

NUAIR Validates Drone Parachute for Package Delivery Company Flytrex

Second drone parachute validation by NUAIR and New York UAS Test Site, advancing drone package delivery industry and routine flights over people (SYRACUSE, NY) – Following strenuous testing completed by Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research (NUAIR) at the New York UAS Test Site in Rome, New York, Israel-based drone company Flytrex, has the parachute on its […]

Volans-i, Inc. Announces Strategic Partnership with Fli Drone

Volans-i, Inc., an on-demand drone delivery business based in San Francisco, CA, announced today a strategic partnership with Fli Drone, a Hogfish Ventures company, to provide on-demand drone delivery services in The Bahamas. To cement the partnership, the companies successfully completed the first long-range unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery in The Bahamas on June 18, 2019. The delivery originated at […]

Sky-Futures seek pilots

We are looking for Remote Pilots to join our UK team on both permanent and contractor basis ICR has recently acquired Sky-Futures and we are hiring. Candidates will be UK based, highly professional, dynamic and keen to embrace a new and exciting industry.  Previous Remote Pilot experience is desirable but not essential as our evidence-based […]

Duran Duran Rocked the Rocket Garden at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex with Concert and Choreographed Drone Light Performance by Studio Drift

On Tuesday, July 16 Duran Duran performed at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex (KSCVC) in honor of the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s mission to the Moon. This was the sole anniversary event at the location of the mission’s launch five decades ago today. The iconic British band collaborated with renowned artist duo Studio Drift, whose artwork Franchise […]

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