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Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! 

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 open source copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Linux Foundation's Dronecode Project
  • ArduCopter, open source multicopter and heli UAV software
  • ArduPlane, open source software for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, open source software for ground-based vehicles

INTRODUCING MIO GIMBAL | SMALL FORM FACTOR DESIGN

Smaller and lighter than ever, Mio is the smartphone-sized gimbal tailored to meet the needs of industrial uses.10511147286?profile=RESIZE_710x With powerful motors allowing payloads up to 400g, Mio has versatile compatibility perfect for your target missions.

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Mio features a smart camera mounting solution without using the top bar, making your set-up cleaner but still excelling in performance.

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Capturing distinct camera angles from any perspective with three different mounting options: bottom, top, and front mounting.

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Pixy WP is the customized version of the Pixy series gimbal, tailored-made for Wiris Pro and Wiris Agro R to meet a range of commercial and industrial applications. Not just compatible with Pixhawk and DJI A3 FC, Pixy WP is well-built to support the M300 RTK drone via using gPort, empowering users to leverage superior advantages in inspections, mapping, surveying, precision agriculture, and more.
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Apart from supporting drones using Pixhawk and DJI A3 FC, Pixy WP also allows you to integrate your payload with M300 RTK drone via gPort, adding more efficiency to your missions.
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No balancing nor tuning required, Pixy WP gives you the superfast setup time within seconds, ready to plug and play with your drone easily.…

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Gremsy PE is purpose-built for an effortless integration with Auterion & Mavlink compliant drones. With its ease of deployment and simple operation, the new lineup is a perfect enterprise-ready solution.

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Adhering to the Pixhawk Payload Bus standard, Gremsy PE is equipped with a new quick-release operating on a sliding mechanism, helping PE gimbals plug and play with most Pixhawk-based platforms, including Skynode, Pixhawk and Cube. I/O interface on the PE hub makes it simple and straightforward to connect with your Flight controller system and companion computer.

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In collaboration with Auterion, we create Gremsy PE for seamless integration with the Skynode system. Now it’s your turn to deploy fully advanced Auterion’s drone ecosystem…

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Pixy SM is specially designed to integrate the leading professional M300 RTK drone with the full-frame mirrorless Sony α7R IV camera, offering an unbeatable combination for precision aerial mapping missions.

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Utilizing the built-in advanced processing module, integrating with M300 RTK is quick and straightforward within seconds.
Just mount, connect, and you’re ready to go.

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It’s been almost a year since being stuck on a remote Fiji island, due last year local COVID travel restrictions. The island that split in half by the international date line.

The restrictions have been lifted, but I am still there, mapping parts of the island.

I use Open Drone Map open source project to process my mapping.

At some point I got a number of maps, but not many easy, fast and simple options to share them with my clients or with whoever else I needed to share them. Share with those, who does not have GIS background, tools and knoledge to open geoTIFF files. I also needed to conveniently store and archive some of my maps online where they could be easily uploaded through slow internet line, accessed, shared, done some simple operations on them like area and…

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Eric Matyas replied to Eric Matyas's discussion Free Music / SFX Resource for Drone Videos - Over 1800 Tracks
"Hi Everyone,

I had another super-busy week (I seem to be having a lot of those lately) but I did manage to create a fun new music track to share with you:

"SHUFFLIN' THROUGH CENTRAL PARK"

It's on my City/Urban 3 page...here's the link:…"
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Balasubramanian replied to Andrew Tridgell's discussion Quadplane development in Outback Challenge
"Hi there,
We are currently making 4+1 quad plane using Pixhawk orange cube. In this recently we faced some issues while taking off the motor frame totally oscillating. We done manual and automatic Esc calibration and C.G position was proper. But…"
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Balasubramanian posted a discussion
Hi guys,  We are currently making 4+1 quad plane using Pixhawk orange cube. In this recently we faced some issues while taking off the motor frame totally oscillating. We done manual and automatic Esc calibration and C.G position was proper. But…
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Sandro Benigno liked Sandro Benigno's blog post FRSKY's CPPM at 27mSec - Firmware update with FT_Prog and FTDI cable
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Gremsy posted a blog post
Smaller and lighter than ever, Mio is the smartphone-sized gimbal tailored to meet the needs of industrial uses.With powerful motors allowing payloads up to 400g, Mio has versatile compatibility perfect for your target missions.Mio features a smart…
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Erwan Conte posted a discussion
Hi everyone !So I'm building my first drone and I'm kinda drown in all the technical specifities. I've found this build which seems easy enough :ZOP POWER 14.8V 1500mAH 100C 4S Lipo Batterie avec prise XT60 (Battery)EWRF VTX 5.8Ghz 40CH…
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David Klayer replied to Clinton Mckinnon's discussion Thermal image sensor 16 pixel array (omron d6t-44l-06)
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John Molnar replied to Bob Vanderlinde's discussion "OLD" IRS+ am I out of luck for parts? in IRIS
"Hey Bob - Iris+ pilot here.  Contact Jason at  
jason@evoimagery.com
It appears that he bought out a huge load of 3DR stuff - he's had everything I've needed.
Best Luck!"
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Gremsy posted a blog post
Pixy WP is the customized version of the Pixy series gimbal, tailored-made for Wiris Pro and Wiris Agro R to meet a range of commercial and industrial applications. Not just compatible with Pixhawk and DJI A3 FC, Pixy WP is well-built to support the…
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Marisela Shaw replied to Cash Lo's discussion Crashed when testing RTL / Stabilize mode
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Eric Matyas replied to Eric Matyas's discussion Free Music / SFX Resource for Drone Videos - Over 1800 Tracks
"Greetings Fellow Creatives,

I've got some brand new sounds to share...100% free to use with attribution, just like my music tracks. You'll find them on my SFX - Weather page:

RAIN AND THUNDER – OUTSIDE

RAIN AND THUNDER – THROUGH WINDOW

RAIN…"
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Site Rules

"Because $10,000 $5,000 $1,000 is too much to pay for an autopilot, especially one that doesn't do exactly what you want."

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, colloquially known as a "drone") is basically an aerial robot. As we define it, it is capable of both remotely controlled flight (like a regular RC aircraft) and fully-autonomous flight, controlled by sensors, GPS, and onboard computers performing the functions of an autopilot. Our UAVs include airplanes, helicopters, quadcopters and blimps. Most of them are under five pounds, and some of them (especially the blimps) can be used indoors.

We are focused on non-commercial ("recreational") projects by amateurs, although pros are always welcome too. Reasons to make your own UAV range from a fun technical challenge, student contests, aerial photography and mapping (what we call "GeoCrawling"), and scientific sensing. We are primarily interested in civilian, not military, UAV uses here.

If you're new to all this, start here.

DIY Drones is a community based on the Ning social networking platform, and anybody who registers (it's free and easy) can post their own blog entries like this one on the front page, along with starting discussions in the sidebar at left or uploading videos below that. Your registration gives you the ability to do a lot on the site--so feel free to post anything you think will be of interest to this community!

There are other amateur sites out there, from the discussion forums of RC Groups to individual blogs, but DIY Drones is explicitly built as a social network, which means that the community is as important as the content. We're also focused on the most accessible end of the amateur UAV world, with the aim of potentially including high school students.

This means we emphasize amateur UAV projects that are:

  1. Simple: The aim of this project is to create new amateur UAV platforms, including those that could be used for a FIRST-like contest appropriate for students. While we're at it, we'll make amateur UAV development easier for everyone.
  2. Cheap: The target cost of all of our platforms is less than $1,000. You can buy a very good autopilot system for $10,000, but that's not our approach. Cheaper is better, especially with students and schools.
  3. Safe: We follow the current interpretation of the FAA guidelines on small UAVs. Recreational use (non-commercial), under 400 ft altitude, line of sight, "pilot in the loop" and onboard safety systems that always allow for manual control in the case of malfunction. We're building experimental platforms that demonstrate autonomy and the capacity to do real useful UAV work, but we test them in controlled settings. If you want to fly miles out of sight or map cities, we're going to assume you've got the proper FAA clearance or we don't want to know about it.
  4. Participatory: Share and others will share with you. That means that whenever possible, we open source our code and post it online. Everything on this site is published under a Creative Commons "attribution" license, which means that anyone can use or repost it, as long as they give credit to the original author.
  5. Civil: This is a community site of peers helping each other. Bad behavior, from rudeness to foul language, will be deleted. Generosity and kindness is often rewarded with reciprocal behavior and help.

Here are the full set of Site Policies:
 
  1. Civility is paramount. Treat others with respect, kindness and generosity. Some of our most expert members are people who were once total n00bz but were helped and encouraged by others, and are now repaying the favor with the next generation. Remember the Golden Rule. Don't be a jerk to anyone, be they other members, moderators or the owners. This is not a public park, and you have no constitutionally-mandated right to free speech. If you're creating a hostile or unpleasant environment, you'll be warned, then if it continues you'll be suspended.
  2. No discussion of politics or religion. This is not the place to discuss your views on the wisdom of military use of UAVs, any nation's foreign policy, your feelings about war, or anything else that is inclined to turn into a political debate. It is our experience that the rules for good dinner party conversation--no discussion of politics and religion--apply to online communities, too. DIY Drones aims to bring people together, and we find that discussions of politics and religion tend to polarize and drive people apart. There are plenty of other places to discuss those topics online, just not here.
  3. Ask questions in the discussion forum; inform others in blog posts. Submitted blog posts that are just questions and should have been posted in the discussion forum will not be approved. The moderators may or may not message you with the text so you can repost in the right area. To avoid losing your post, put it in the right place from the start.
  4. Blog posts are for informative topics of broad interest to the community. They must start with a picture or video, so the image appears on the front page on the site and gives a sense of the topic as well as inviting people to click in for more. Videos should be embedded (paste the embed code in the HTML tab, not the Rich Text tab). The post should also include links where appropriate. Don't make people do a Google search for what you're talking about if you can provide a link. 
  5. The Discussion Forum is for questions and tech support. We prefer to do all tech support in public, so that others can follow along. If you have a problem, please describe your particular system setup completely, ideally with a photograph, and pick the right forum tags so that others can find the thread later.
  6. No discussion of military or weaponized applications of UAVs. This site is just about amateur and civilian use.
  7. No discussion of illegal or harmful use of UAVs will be tolerated. Responsible use of UAVs is at the core of our mission. That means conforming with all laws in the United States, where this site is based, and insisting that our members elsewhere follow the laws of their own countries. In addition, we feel that part of our responsibility it to help the relevant authorities understand what's possible with amateur UAVs, so they can make better-informed policies and laws. So we have encouraged all relevant regulators, defense agencies and law enforcement agencies to become members here and even participate to help them do that, and many have. In addition, if we see any discussion of UAV use that we feel is potentially illegal or intended to do harm, we will bring it to the attention to the relevant authorities, and will comply with any legal request they make for information about users (although we don't know much that isn't public; see the next item).
  8. Promote safe flying. Moderators may delete postings that they decide are unsafe or promote unsafe activity. This is a judgement call, since it is also healthy to have public discussion about why certain activities are unsafe, but the decision as to whether to leave a post or edit/delete it is at the moderators' discretion. 
  9. Your privacy is protected, up to a point: This is a social network, so everything you write and post here is public, with certain exceptions: 1) Your private messages are private. Administrators are unable to see them, nor can anyone else other than the recipient. Members must not make private messages public without the explicit permission of everyone involved. 2) Your IP address is private. We are hosted on Ning, which controls the server logs. DIY Drones administrators can only see your username and email address; they cannot see your password and do not have access to your account.
  10. Do not publish personal emails or PMs without permission. This is a violation of expected confidentiality (that's why they're called "personal messages") and is grounds for banning.
  11. Do not type in ALL CAPS. It's considered SHOUTING. Posts in all caps will be deleted by the moderators.
  12. Absolutely no personal attacks. It's fine to disagree, but never okay to criticize another member personally.
  13. Share. Although we are not limited to open source projects, the ones that tend to get the most participation tend to be open source. Don't wait until your code or design is "finished"--post it as it is, and you may find that others will help you finish it faster. The best way to contribute is with your creativity--we love data, code, aircraft designs, photos of UAV projects, videos of flights and build logs. Post early and often!
  14. Keep comments open: Authors of blog posts and discussion threads technically have the option to close their comments or approve them before they appear, but we ask members not to do that. We want to encourage a free flow of conversation and blocking or delaying comments only interferes with that. The Moderators are standing by to ensure the conversation remains on-topic and civil, so please leave your comments open and let them do their job.

Flight Controller need

Hi everyone !So I'm building my first drone and I'm kinda drown in all the technical specifities. I've found this build which seems easy enough :ZOP POWER 14.8V 1500mAH 100C 4S Lipo Batterie avec prise XT60 (Battery)EWRF VTX 5.8Ghz 40CH…

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Fever issues in the motor.

Hi everybody, I made a diy drone and specificatino is as below. FCC : pixracer r15ESC : Hobbywing Xrotor micro 60A 4in1Motor : T-Motor 1300KV When I tried to take off the drone, it can fly somehow.But after flight Motor is too hot. Is there any…

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