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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:

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Hackhawk Mark III: ESP32 TinyPICO as a brushless flight controller

Posted by Simon D. Levy on October 21, 2019 at 8:16pm 1 Comment

My hacked Altair Aerial Blackhawk continues to serve as a great test platform for experiments in DIY flight controllers. So, when I heard the buzz surrounding the…

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Drones are doing everything in agriculture from aerial imaging to fighting global mega pests

Posted by viya on October 21, 2019 at 12:30am 0 Comments

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BioCarbon Engineering technician prepares the UAV for the seeding demonstration at Ellerslie site in Edmonton.

Drones might be seen as pests by Gatwick Airport traffic control, but increasingly farmers are beginning to see them as pest-killers.

This is one of many uses drones have in agriculture. One obvious use is for…

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Sensors for Attitude Estimation

Posted by Matthew Silic on October 18, 2019 at 9:20pm 10 Comments

Hello UAV enthusiasts,

I recently created a slide deck on the topic of sensors for attitude estimation (i.e. gyroscopes, accelerometers and magnetometers). In these slides, I review

  1. Installation considerations,
  2. Stochastic models,
  3. Bias characterization,
  4. Sensor calibration, and
  5. Conceptual…
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XAG Drone Fleets Take Off for Large-scale Cotton Defoliation Operation in Xinjiang

Posted by viya on October 16, 2019 at 12:00am 0 Comments

XAG Drone Spraying Cotton Defoliate in Xinjiang

XAG Drone Spraying Cotton Defoliate in Xinjiang

As a global leading agriculture technology company, XAG has initiated its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) spraying operation  “Take Off for Harvest Time” for the third…

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improved inference speed on rpi3 using Intel's NCS1

Posted by andre van calster on October 13, 2019 at 4:52am 4 Comments

By using Intels OpenVINO and neural computing stick (NCS1) the inference speed of my neural network is increased from 5 frames per second (fps) to 20 using a RPI3. This enabled a far better obstacle avoidance performance of my drone. More info at https://github.com/avncalst/drone_cnn.

Your In-Flight Wireless Charging Solution for Drones

Posted by Dmitry Skotnikov on October 10, 2019 at 8:15am 2 Comments

The future is coming! Now drones can be charged in-flight in 6 minutes!

See the post on Global Energy Transmission site:…

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Evolution of solar-powered drones

Posted by Chris Anderson on October 9, 2019 at 11:58am 0 Comments

From Hackaday:

Many of us have projects that end up spanning multiple years and multiple iterations, and gets revisited every time inspiration strikes and you’ve forgotten just how much work and frustration the previous…

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XAG joins Bayer on drone-based horticultural crop solution demo

Posted by viya on October 8, 2019 at 11:44pm 0 Comments

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Bayer and XAG has recently collaborated in Hangzhou, China to host a crop dusting drone demonstration on citrus trees.

Justin Gong, Co-founder and…

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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

Robotic Skies Partners with SqwaQ to Advance Commercial Drone Operations BVLOS

Robotic Skies Inc, the first and only global MRO (Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul) network for commercial UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems), and SqwaQ, a global SD-WAN network company offering a powerful new redundant comm-link that enables drones to fly unlimited-range BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight), have signed an agreement that grants the Robotic Skies Service […]

Drone and model aircraft registration and education service

The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme will go live on 5 November 2019 (please note that you cannot register before this date). There will be two elements to the online system. Anyone responsible for a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg will need to […]

IFATCA joins with global partners to call for new guidance on drone operations

Airports Council International (ACI) World and its global aviation industry partners have addressed the pressing need for standards and guidance to address unauthorised drone operations to the 40th International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Assembly. ACI World, the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA), International Federation of Air Line […]

Blue Bear Complete Second Phase of the 5GRIT project

Blue Bear has recently completed the second phase of the 18-month 5GRIT project, culminating in drone flights on an arable farm in Yorkshire and a livestock farm in Cumbria, controlled over 5G from hundreds of miles away in London and Bedford. The UK’s 5G Rural Integrated Testbed (5GRIT), supported through the Department for Digital, Culture, […]

EPIC Seeks Reversal of Decision Allowing FAA Drone Committee to Operate in Secret

FAA Puma Logo EPIC has asked the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court decision allowing the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee to conduct much of its work in secret. EPIC filed suit last year against the industry-dominated Committee, which has consistently ignored the privacy risks posed by the deployment of drones—even after identifying privacy as a top public concern. As a result […]

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