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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
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  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Is It Expensive to Build A Industrial Level Composite Material VTOL UAVs For Aerial Mapping?

Posted by Kriszhao on December 6, 2019 at 11:06am 2 Comments

there are lots of type of VTOL UAVs that can be used for aerial mapping platforms, for my personal option, I like 4+1 configuration. Simply it is more reliable and more stable on dual batteries system.

there are many of 4+1 VTOL Mapping platform in the market, I can list more than 30 of them, here I am introduce you the full composite material…


I am back!

Posted by crystal garris on December 4, 2019 at 1:00pm 1 Comment

That's right I am back with some new  UAV designs and old favorites. I started A youtube channel to show off my stuff. please check it out and subscribe if you want to see more.

Be part of the next development of mRobotics with your grain of sand.

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on November 26, 2019 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

At mRo we are committed to design and manufacture innovative high quality hardware at a very low cost for unmanned vehicles that use open source such as Ardupilot and…


Pi-Connect released

Posted by Stephen Dade on November 24, 2019 at 12:14am 0 Comments

I'm pleased to announce that after 9 months of design and testing, the Pi-Connect (Lite) is now available!

The Pi-Connect Lite is a HAT addon board for the Raspberry Pi that integrates the following into a single board:

  • 5.1V/3A BEC with high quality components
  • Telemetry port for connection to Ardupilot/PX4 based flight…

Aerial Mapping Via Misson Planner

Posted by yangdaonline on November 21, 2019 at 7:52pm 0 Comments

Hey Guys, we just conducted an aerial mapping on Mission Planner using one mapping VTOL, and the mapping camera is SONY A7R camera-based. Also, RTK/PPK system is used during the whole process. We want to share with you the video here and get more suggestions about mapping via the Mission planner.

Video link of the mapping: …


Commercial UAV Show in London 2019

Posted by Kirill on November 13, 2019 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Here is a quick video tour for those who couldn't make it to the Commercial UAV Show in London this year. Was great to see the latest drone technology and meet people…


Comparison Table of mRo Professional Autopilots Family

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on November 12, 2019 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

This is how you can learn at a glance the technical characteristics of the mRobotics family of autopilots and decide which device best suits your projects.

The …


Data Science Crop Analysis Notebook Using 6 Band MicaSense Altum And DroneMapper Processed UAV Imagery

Posted by JP on November 8, 2019 at 1:51pm 1 Comment

A jupyter notebook with crop analysis algorithms utilizing digital elevation models, dtm and multi-spectral imagery (R-G-B-NIR-Rededge-Thermal) from a MicaSense…


Participants Wanted for Research Survey on Simulation of Robotics Software

Posted by SquaresLabRobots on November 5, 2019 at 3:08pm 0 Comments

We are a group of software engineering researchers at Carnegie Mellon University trying to better understand why and how robotics developers use simulation when developing and testing their systems. If you have ever used these tools, we would like to hear from you.

Simulation holds the potential to provide an automated, cost-effective, and scalable alternative to the manual and expensive process of field testing. Numerous companies in the autonomy sector, such as…


Pixhawk cube controlled VTOL fixed-wing auto flight demo

Posted by yangdaonline on October 29, 2019 at 12:53am 0 Comments

Hi Guys,

Recently we built one 2.5 hours long-endurance VTOL fixed-wing plane using the Pixhawk Cube flight controller. Auto flight demo:

Specification of the VTOL…



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

Volocopter First eVTOL Startup to Receive Design Organisation Approval by EASA

Urban Air Mobility pioneer Volocopter announced today that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) awarded the company Design Organisation Approval (DOA) following a series of thorough audits. The approval is a confirmation by EASA that Volocopter is performing its tasks as an aircraft manufacturer in a controlled and safe manner. As an approved Design Organisation, […]

DJI Drone Detection System Passes UK’s National Infrastructure Protection Agency’s Evaluation

DJI AeroScope to be included in CPNI Catalogue of Security Equipment 9th December, 2019 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and creative camera technology, is pleased to announce that its AeroScope drone detection system has been evaluated and passed by the UK’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure. The ready-to-use system which can […]

AJS Support UK PFCO Trends

The current quantity of operators on the UK CAA PFCO list V113 Dated 6 December 2019 is 5600. The quantity of operators continues to increase overall, with a number of small drops in numbers between some versions. Since the end of Dec 2018, there has been an increase of 672 operators. This time last year […]

SkyX Announces Gold Sponsorship of New Kuwait Summit

SkyX Ltd is leveraging its global momentum and expanding its presence in the Middle East as a Gold Sponsor this week at the New Kuwait Summit. SkyX Chief Technology Officer, Jason Braverman, will be participating in a panel on Kuwait’s living environment and how new technology can support local energy companies on December 11. The sponsorship follows the announcement of two new […]

Working with robots to transform farming

Robots are revolutionising farming and we’re putting them to the test at Wimpole Estate in Cambridgeshire. Tom, Dick and Harry are a trio of robots that along with Wilma, the digital brains behind them, could not only revolutionise the way we farm but also help us improve the health of the soil and look after nature.  The robots […]

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