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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

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Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

Freeman - vertical take-off and landing fixed wing

Posted by makeflyeasy on July 18, 2019 at 6:16am 1 Comment

Freedman -- is a vertical take-off and landing fixed wing with tilting transformation. The wing length is 2.1 meters, the flight speed is 18m/s, the A7R camera is mounted, the battery is 6S16000mah, the flight time is 70 minutes, the take-off weight is 6.5kg.

Gas Drone 3 Hour flight time

Posted by Nicolai Valenti on July 15, 2019 at 2:21pm 2 Comments

Finally we got all the flight tests done on our hybrid generators.

You can see some of them on youtube like this one …


High frequency signal injection and field orientation control for brushless motors

Posted by YC on July 13, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

After my field orientation control algo worked, I applied it to the quadrotor that I am building. Then, I noticed there are about 30% of chance of reverse spin in any of the hour motors. Then, things get pretty challenging, there are only about 0.7^4 of change that all motor will spin in correct direction. In real life, it is painful to start the…


Airbot Systems Mini carrier board combo

Posted by Airbot Systems on July 9, 2019 at 6:46am 2 Comments

We are happy to introduce our new PCB boards, dedicated to the use of the famous Pixhawk autopilot : the Cube!

The Mini carrier board now comes with a Mini PDB 180A, that would help to keep the drone assembly as clean and compact as possible. You can find more details on the user manual (bottom of product page)…


Share live stream and control drone with multi GCS ( one drone - multi GCS)

Posted by XBStation 4G UAV Solution on July 8, 2019 at 8:00am 0 Comments

We are developing a function to share the stream video and controller drone with multi Ground control station (2-3 or more GCS) via internet ( wifi, 4G LTE).

For example: Have 2 GCS control drone same time (A…


What happened to open source tracking cameras?

Posted by Jack Crossfire on July 5, 2019 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

They began with the Skydio, a quad copter which could follow subjects through forests with only machine vision.  Today, subject tracking cameras based on machine vision have reached consumers in standalone packages, the facebook portal, the…


uBlox ZED-F9P new GPS test (and comparison to M8 series)

Posted by Hugues on July 5, 2019 at 9:09am 1 Comment


This is a quick test and comparison between uBlox F9 and M8 series GPS. uBlox ZED-F9P is a multiband GPS that theoritically gets a better precision and faster acquisition.

Test was done using Ardusimple's SimpleRTK2B evaluation board.



New TBT-AV1 300Mhz SAME70/V71 (ARM M7 core) Flight/Robotics Controller Design Finished

Posted by Thomas Butler on July 2, 2019 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

The TBT-AV1 from Thomas Butler Technology, Rockford, Illinois, USA is a clean-sheet design 300Mhz flight/robotics controller using the Atmel/Microchip SAM E70/V71 (ARM M7 core with hardware AES256 encryption and FPU) automotive grade micro-controller. The I/O is compatible with…


VTOL testflight

Posted by andre van calster on July 2, 2019 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Simple testflight of my E-Flite Convergence equipped with a pixracer flight controller complemented with a "sbus to pwm" home-made circuit to extend the number of servo outputs. Flight stack: Ardupilot Quadplane; Flight mode: loiter.

Thermal camera for drones - range performance

Posted by Workswell on July 2, 2019 at 8:50am 0 Comments

We are very often asked about thermal camera performance to detect man-sized target (approx 1.7x0.5m) or detect small car (approx 2.5m x 2.5m). So we decided to create a short video that shows the thermal camera capability to detect  different sized objects (car, person, tractor etc.) at different distances (more in…



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

Altitude Angel launches world’s first UTM Conflict Resolution Service – preventing drone collisions

Altitude Angel, the world’s foremost UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) technology provider, has today announced it is to launch the world’s first UTM ‘conflict resolution service’ as an API, and in doing so has taken a huge step towards allowing automated drone flights to become day-to-day reality. Using this service, any pilot or operator can securely check […]

Terra Drone gains footing in Central Asia with investment in leading Kazakh company KazUAV

Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, one of the leading industrial drone solution providers in the world, is announcing the continuation of its global expansion with investment in a leading UAV company in Kazakhstan, KazUAV. With this investment, KazUAV joins Terra Drone’s network of over 25 group companies and technology partners that are committed to providing cutting-edge yet cost-effective […]

PCL Construction and 3DR Sign Multiyear Drone Software Agreement

PCL has entered into a three-year corporate licensing agreement with 3DR to make their Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drone) software, Site Scan, available for unlimited use on all PCL projects, worldwide.  PCL Construction started working with 3DR in 2016 to leverage drone technology for site documentation, quality control, progress reporting, and more. 3DR’s platform, Site Scan, includes an iPad […]

PECORA 21- ISRSE 38 Conference Continuous Monitoring of Our Changing Planet: from Sensors to Decisions

The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing: The Imaging and Geospatial Information Society is hosting a joint meeting of the 21st William T.Pecora Memorial Remote Sensing Symposium (Pecora 21) and the 38th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE-38) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA from October 6 – 11, 2019. The combined conference will […]

ParaZero’s SafeAir Unlocks Flight Over People in Canada With Popular Phantom and Mavic Drones

ParaZero Technologies, the world leader in safety systems for commercial drones, is pleased to announce that its ASTM compliant SafeAir Systems for the DJI Phantom 4 Series and DJI Mavic 2 Series complies with the latest Transport Canada regulations for operations over people. This allows licensed operators using the SafeAir Mavic + ASTM Professional Kit and the SafeAir […]

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