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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

Scratch-built monocopter tutorial

Posted by Chris on September 21, 2018 at 8:00pm 1 Comment

I recently made a monocopter(drone with one motor but can take off and land vertically) that can fly and wrote up the instructions on how to build it from scratch. Enjoy ! …

Deep Learning Based Real-time Object Detector for DJI Drones

Posted by Hazel Zhu on September 21, 2018 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

This project involves real-time object detection for DJI drones from the ground station using …


Automate and Scale Drone Operations using Cloud (4G/LTE)

Posted by Achal Negi on September 21, 2018 at 4:10am 0 Comments

FlytCloud is an enterprise-grade cloud platform to automate and scale your commercial drone operations - Enabling you to remotely deploy, a fleet of intelligent drones.

FlytCloud provides real-time access to control, telemetry and video/payload data from your drone fleet, over a secure and reliable…


Integrate PPK for your commercial UAV with ComNav K706 GNSS OEM Board

Posted by Wade Zhang on September 20, 2018 at 8:04pm 1 Comment

Integrate PPK(post-processing kinematic) solution for your commerical UAV with our K706 GNSS OEM Board and AT190 Helix Antenna to go for professional survey and mapping.

K706 GNSS OEM board support GPS L1/L2, GLONASS L1/L2, Beidou B1/B2, Galileo E1/E5b with 8GB onboard memory ability, will…


The What, Why, and How of Protecting Your Drones

Posted by Rachael Murphey on September 20, 2018 at 1:51pm 0 Comments

Drone protection is essential for those who do not want their investment in this expensive technology to go to waste. Therefore, there are a few critical areas in which drone owners can make sure their drones will last…


New Report Benchmarks Drone Industry and Refutes Hyperbole

Posted by Colin Snow on September 18, 2018 at 12:25pm 3 Comments

We just released the results of our third annual drone industry benchmark survey and it’s a kicker.

The 2018 Drone Market Sector…


OpenMV, my favorite computer vision module, now even faster and better

Posted by Chris Anderson on September 18, 2018 at 11:34am 1 Comment

Long ago, it was hard to do computer vision -- like PhD hard. Then, about ten years ago, it started to get easier with the OpenCV libraries, which did most of the hard work for you. But even that needed you to program and build a toolchain and it really only ran well on beefy PCs. But about two years ago, a series of small, cheap computer vision modules…


How we spent 8 days on an ice cap in Greenland and found a lost WWII P-38 fighter

Posted by Kristaps Brass on September 17, 2018 at 4:08am 3 Comments

Hi, friends,

In the middle of the summer we had a chance to participate in an expedition with the aim to locate a missing WWII P-38 aircraft from…


Light FPV GCS and payload controller, call for design input...

Posted by Azjeg on September 11, 2018 at 10:24am 3 Comments

Some of you may have already seen our rugged professional mission control units also presented here on DIYdrones. Most of those are produced to at least industrial IP specifications, but developers and DIYers are constantly bombarding us with requests for lighter and especially cheaper integrated solutions that would…


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Drones Market worth 48.88 Billion USD by 2023, at a CAGR of 18.32%

Posted by Steve Stark on September 11, 2018 at 5:06am 0 Comments

The drivers for this market are rapid technological advancements in drones and increase in demand for drone-generated data in commercial applications are the key factors for the growth of the market. Further, the increase in venture funding propels the growth of the UAV drones market.

Military drones are expected to capture the largest share of the…



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

Drone Groupthink and the Short Bus Stakeholder

Are you people crazy? One thing that has become commonplace in what I will call “the integration routine.” The routine gets played every time the FAA needs to stall for a few years. It’s a bait and switch where the FAA pulls the prom date routine on the droners. They tell the collective mark how […]

Air Traffic Management – eXploration (ATM-X)

The Air Traffic Management – eXploration (ATM-X) project will transform the air traffic management system to safely accommodate the growing demand of new air vehicles to enter the airspace to perform a variety of missions. ATM-X also works on technologies to allow the traditional large commercial aircraft to fly more user-preferred routes with improved predictability, […]

Microdrones – Real world BVLOS corridor mapping in Germany

Exciting things are happening in the air above the Autobahn in Germany, where construction giant, Strabag utilized a Microdrones mdMapper1000DG for corridor mapping, Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS). Microdrones was able to meet the German requirements for conducting BVLOS in uncontrolled airspace. In Germany, BVLOS is possible thanks to a unique relationship between Deutsche Telekom and […]

University of Dayton Research Institute – Risk in the Sky?

By Pamela Gregg, Communication Administrator, UDRI Tests performed at the University of Dayton Research Institute show that bigger may not always be better in contests between manned aircraft and UAVs. When a large military helicopter collided midair with a small quadcopter last year, the helicopter sustained only minor damage and returned safely home; the drone […]

Precision XYZ to Present on Drones, IOT and Mapping at Solar Power International 2018

Precision XYZ, the only drone service provider focused exclusively on the solar sector, will formally launch and demo next week at Solar Power International (SPI). Former SunEdison executive Mark Culpepper and current Managing Partner will also present on IOT and mapping at the leading solar conference from September 24-27 in Anaheim, Calif. Almost two years […]

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