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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
3D Robotics

Welcome to the new DIY Drones design!

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You may have noticed that DIY Drones looks a little different today. That's because we finally switched over to the Ning 3.0 hosting framework, which offers a bunch of advantages along with continuity with the exiting content, membership and basic flow. Although Ning 3.0 was introduced back in 2013, Ning has changed hands since then and the development was not really complete until last year. So we waited until everything was stable to make the change.

Here are some of the new features that you may notice:

  • Works great on mobile! Finally, a responsive design that works on any size screen, taking advantage of the full width and height on any device.
  • Social sharing is built in (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
  • Wider layout takes advantage of larger screens, more open design
  • A lot of behind-the-scenes tools to make…
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Open Source Drone Remote ID

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With the arrival of the new European regulations, certain equipments will become mandatory. This results in France by the need to equip drones with a Wifi module which sends the position of the drone through the air (like a transponder)

In order to allow as many people as possible to have access to this device, Pierre Kancir (ardupilot developper), supported by Airbot Systems , have produced software, enabling this device to be DIY manufactured at low cost.

All files are open source, under the GPL license. They contain the sources, the software part allowing to make the drone wifi beacon, a software allowing to make a drone detection system based on wifi frames, an example of code ready to be installed on a basic module sold on common commercial platforms for approx 35 Euros,…

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We’ve given this professional training to dozens of international and national disaster management organizations during the past half-decade. We’ve also run this training for both new and highly experienced drone pilots in dozens of countries around the world. The purpose of this training is to make you an effective and responsible team leader when deploying drones in disaster response. This training is also a great fit if you’re simply curious to learn more about the latest on the use of drones in humanitarian efforts. Participants who successfully complete this self-paced training will receive an official certificate signed by WeRobotics, Direct Relief, MIT and UPenn. 

In short, we've…

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drone delivery solution Commercial drones are now becoming a mainstream technology, with the 2020 pandemic serving as a showcase for how drones can save human lives.

Drones have been used for delivery long before Amazon announced its Prime Air service. Founded in 2011, Zipline, a US-based company focused on medical drone deliveries became the pioneer in long-distance drone delivery, with distribution centers in Rwanda and Ghana. With an exponential growth since then, Zipline now delivers 65% of blood samples in Rwanda, particularly because the country lacks suitable road connectivity.

Companies like Zipline are investing heavily not only in better drone hardware but also in remote operations software, so they can intelligently & centrally manage a large fleet of drones.

How Does Drone Delivery Work?

Drone delivery refers to the act of moving a package…

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Fighter Hand launch fixed wing

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The fighter is a fixed-wing flight platform , which is easy to carry,friendly to operate,stable and durable.The fighter is positioned as a heavy-duty,long-endurance fixed wing,which greatly reduces the difficulty of aerial survey,further liberates productivity and improves the efficiency of aerial survey

The modular design concept makes the aircraft easy and fast to assemble.The wings,folding arms and tail fins can be easily dismantled, making the aircraft practical and portable and user-friendly.The open flight control cabin is compatible with Pixhawk flight control and supports mounting of Sony A7R2 4200W pixel full-frame…

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Fighter VTOL 4+1 fixed wing

The fighter is a 10kg fixed-wing flight platform (hand parachute/VTOL), which is easy to carry,friendly to operate,stable and durable.The fighter is positioned as a heavy-duty,long-endurance fixed wing,which greatly reduces the difficulty of aerial survey,further liberates productivity and improves the efficiency of aerial survey

The modular design concept makes the aircraft easy and fast to assemble.The wings,folding arms and tail fins can be easily dismantled, making the aircraft practical and portable and user-friendly.The open flight control cabin is compatible with Pixhawk flight control and supports mounting of Sony A7R2 4200W pixel full-frame camera /1.5kg lightweight lidar. The maximum support is 12s@22000mah lithium polymer battery,which can…

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Alexandre Mainardi (Nuvem UAV) commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Welcome to the new DIY Drones design!
"Very nice Chris 👍🏻 looks way better on mobile and big screens"
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You may have noticed that DIY Drones looks a little different today. That's because we finally switched over to the Ning 3.0 hosting framework, which offers a bunch of advantages along with continuity with the exiting content, membership and basic f…
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Airbot Systems posted a blog post
 With the arrival of the new European regulations, certain equipments will become mandatory. This results in France by the need to equip drones with a Wifi module which sends the position of the drone through the air (like a transponder)In order to…
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Mark Harrison posted a discussion in Moderators
Count me in!
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John Grouse posted a discussion
Just wondering if it would be safe to do a compass calibration on one of many identical drones in one location and then copy those values to the other drones without needing to calibrate all the drones?  Should the values be identical if the drones…
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Eric Matyas replied to Eric Matyas's discussion Free Music / SFX Resource for Drone Videos - Over 1800 Tracks
"A huge heartfelt THANK YOU to the kind folks who reached out and supported my work this month by donating on my site. You folks literally make this all possible. Thank you!That said, this week’s new free MP3 tracks are:From my Puzzle Music 5 page:IC…"
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Paulo Neves replied to Paulo Neves's discussion APM MavLink to FrSky SmartPort Converter with Arduino Nano and USB support [2.1.3 enabled]
"Hello Pavel, While this runs on the arduino micro controller, this is not an arduino project. You need to clone the project and generate the hex file first like with make frsky_telemetry.hex Then you can use the XLoader.exe to put the generated bina…"
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We’ve given this professional training to dozens of international and national disaster management organizations during the past half-decade. We’ve also run this training for both new and highly experienced drone pilots in dozens of countries around…
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James Gonzales replied to Daniel Jeffery's discussion Auto recovery high altitude balloon
"The idea of a steerable parachute is probably not the easiest to realize.  I wouldn’t be able to attempt another launch for at least another four weeks because I had to apply for permission from the Civil Aviation Authority again MyPrepaidCenter.com"
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Arduheli on 3DR Solo cube?

Can someone please confirm that Arduheli can be installed on 3DR Solo Cube without issues? Since they can be bought for cheap and are small and compact I'm looking at getting one for hobby project.Before you ask, yes, I'm aware of all the hardware issues with the cube. Used to work professionally with the stuff.

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Low Profile Camera Car; Concept & Advice Request

Hello all. I've been operating quadcopters (and a hexacopter!) for a couple of years now for my company, and lately I've encountered a new challenge that such vehicles are not capable of performing.I have arrays of photovoltaics that have serial numbers on the underside that I need to locate. The process of doing so manually would involve physically detaching and lifting each module, a process that would likely take many hours, if not days, depending on the site.I am conceptualizing a wheeled…

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Insta 360 one R ( 1" )

Hi,I am thinking on getting an insta 360 one R with the 1" mod to do some aerial photography and as bonus with the 360 mod also can create 360 footage.Does any one know if it is possible to trigger the camera with a cable remotely ? (sending some signal or short a pin to ground).i can't much info for this camera at the moment.Thanks.

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Automation of routine to get from the gound into hover.

I have read that some commercial multirotors have programmed routines to get off the ground and through ground effect up high enough to hover or fly.Is this real or just marketing hype? If this is really a feature, how many pilots find it useful? How different would it be that straight manual control of the throttle? Has anyone seen data regarding the difference in thrust requirements between being on the ground and successfully reaching the height that ground effect no longer affects flight?

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Stryker RC plane with Pixhawk Autopilot Setup

Hello,It's been awhile since I've played around with traditional helicopter and multi-copters with pixhawk. I recently got a wild hair to put the pixhawk onto a Stryker RC plane.Question:1. Does anyone have this setup or something similar? 2. Can you send me the PID values and maybe some additional input?Thank you,Sean

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Industrial multirotor manufacturer wanted

Hello everyone!We are updating our fleet of drones (from DJI Matrice 600) and looking for a reliable industrial multirotor supplier. Can you advise any manufacturer that fit our requirements? Do you have any good experience that you are willing to advise?Requirements:At least 2 years on the marketPayload: 1.5 - 3 kg, front-mounted payload with a possibility to look up and down (clear view for the camera)20 min flight (with the payload above)Power for payload 16-26V, 7AIdeally ready-to-flyEasy…

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The Chest Freezer Factory Has Enhanced The Display Effect Of The Contents In The Freezer

The double refrigeration technology in the Chest Freezer Factory has solved the technical problems that cannot be overcome by a single refrigeration method, thus leaving no refrigeration blind area in the freezer. Ultra-wide shelves provide customers with a more effective display area and more inventory. The lamp tube placed at the front edge of each shelf enhances the display effect of the items in the freezer. One-piece foaming and firm steel frame foundation make the freezer have better heat…

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Repair a Redpawz R020

Hi, everyone!Not really a DIY thread (yet...), but I think here is enough knowledge to help me out with my project.I've recently found this drone in the woods. I've brought it home. No battery charger, no controller, no rotor shields. Before spending any amount of money in spare parts (at least a battery charger), I would like to know if it is worth to try to revive the thing. I made several test yesterday: - recharged the batteries with a lab power supply => the drone turned on - connected…

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