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Skywalker X8 Wing

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Pixhawk Settings for Skywalker X8 Help

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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
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10 km high flight with a 1kg quadcopter!

Posted by Charles Blouin on March 19, 2018 at 7:30pm 3 Comments

I was quite surprised to see a quadcopter flying that high! It was done by Денис Корякин as shown on his youtube channel.


Receiver: TrueRC 5.8GHz X²-AIR Antenna RHCP

FPV glasses: Furious True-D V3.5 Diversity Receiver System

Video transmission: Antenna FOXEER Thor 60mm…


Wireless Power Network For Drones: Behind The Scene Of GET Tech

Posted by Dmitry Skotnikov on March 19, 2018 at 6:00am 0 Comments

About GET

GET is the world leader in distance wireless power transmission. An electrically powered drone can recharge and fly indefinitely via efficient safe high power in-flight rapid recharging in a GET power hotspot. The company’s distance wireless charging technologies uniquely enable drone delivery and many…


SinoGNSS K-family GNSS OEM Boards by ComNav Technology Ltd.

Posted by Wade Zhang on March 18, 2018 at 8:19pm 2 Comments

ComNav Technology Ltd. develops and manufactures multi-constellation, multi-frequency GNSS RTK/PPK engine boards and receivers for ultimate high precision positioning applications. With more than 100000 pieces boards delivered to the market and their successful application during past 6 years, ComNav Technology Ltd. is…


Detailed Inspection of 18km, 138kV Transmission Line by Automated Drone

Posted by Kyle on March 16, 2018 at 3:30pm 2 Comments


In Spring 2017, Aeriosense provided its services to Allteck Line Contractors Inc., an industry leader in transmission line maintenance whose expertise ranges from design and installation to maintenance and repair of high-voltage infrastructure. Allteck was looking to achieve more efficient, more cost-effective detailed inspection of high-voltage transmission lines.

Using Aeriosense's automated drone inspection solution on an 18 km, 138kV…


How to Build a FPV Racing Quadcopter!

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on March 16, 2018 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Thanks to Lumenier for providing parts for this build: After learning about the world of FPV quadcopter racing, we couldn't wait to build our own. With the help of Lumenier and FPV quadcopter flyer Charpu, we learn about all the components needed to build a solid mini racing quadcopter for…


Disturbance Rejection with Incremental Control of Accelerations

Posted by Ewoud Smeur on March 15, 2018 at 10:21am 4 Comments

Wind Gusts

Drones have the potential to perform many useful tasks, such as search and rescue, package delivery and aerial imaging. But in order to perform these tasks in an outdoor environment, the vehicles need to be able to control their position under the influence of wind gusts. This is especially true when flying…


Free Aerial Imagery Data (Personal/Commercial Use)

Posted by JP on March 14, 2018 at 8:03am 0 Comments

Free Aerial Imagery Data Collection JPGs, GeoTIFFs and Point Clouds!

We've updated our sample data page with a number of new drone based aerial imagery collections. These are available for personal and commercial use! We would love to hear…


Servo Redundancy

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on March 14, 2018 at 7:12am 10 Comments

I continue to develop my "full scale" gas powered, variable pitch quad-copter.

After watching the video below at 

Amazing DIY Projects

I realized (more vividly) how vulnerable…


obstacle avoidance using a convolution neural network

Posted by andre van calster on March 12, 2018 at 5:30am 8 Comments

Recently I started working on convolutional neural networks (cnn) for obstacle avoidance. With the help of "DroNet" from ETH Zurich and the "Deep Learning for Computer Vision" book from Adrian Rosebrock, I managed to build my first cnn algorithm for obstacle avoidance. The cnn module is written in python, using a keras…


IR Laser Night Vision Zoom Camera For Drone

Posted by yangdaonline on March 11, 2018 at 11:09pm 1 Comment

Sky Eye-12NLT is one 1080P 12X zoom camera designed for multirotors to conduct night vision mission like inspection,surveillance,search and rescue,due to its powerful night vision capability.It consists of one 1080P 12X stellar zoom camera and an IR laser illuminator served as an auxiliary IR light for the zoom camera.The 12X stellar zoom…



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

One-Day Part 107 Workshop Offered After the SUSB Expo

If a two-day conference and flying demonstrations weren’t enough, you can now add a third day of learning to your San Francisco Drone week! Take part in a one-day, Crash Proofing your Drone Operation, 14 CFR 107 Initial and recurrent knowledge test Primer workshop with Capt. Scott Strimple from Drone Flight School.  Scott will be teaching this signature workshop […]

IARPA Announces the UG2 Prize Challenge to Improve UAV Captured Imagery

WASHINGTON – The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, announces today the UG2 Prize Challenge for unmanned aerial vehicles, gliders, and ground data entries. The challenge aims to advance the analysis of images collected by small UAVs by improving image restoration and algorithm performance. “This prize challenge […]

High-power microwaves and lasers defeat multiple drones during US Army exercise

Forty-five unmanned aerial vehicles and drones fell out of the sky during a U.S. Army exercise after Raytheon’s (NYSE: RTN) advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy engaged and destroyed them. These common threats were knocked down during a Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence. The event, known as […]

Black Swift Technologies and NASA Partner to Push Agricultural Drone Technology Beyond NDVI and NDRE (Red Edge)

Boulder, CO – (March 20, 2018) – Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, CO, announced today expansion of a pathfinder mission with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center to develop enhanced multi-angular remote sensing techniques using small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). These autonomous platforms can more effectively and efficiently monitor crop health and growth monitoring […]

Aspen Avionics and Sensurion Aerospace team to Co-develop Commercial UAV Avionics

Today, Aspen Avionics and Sensurion Aerospace announced a co-development partnership that will bring certified avionics to the burgeoning UAS and unmanned air-taxi marketplace.  Aspen Avionics’/Sensurion’s focus is on FAA-certified autopilots, communications, navigation, and surveillance systems, for small, medium, and large UAS, including future cargo and passenger carrying aircraft. “The real winners in this partnership are […]

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