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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

Build Your Dream Drone Research!

Posted by Alejandra Rodriguez on December 13, 2019 at 6:30pm 0 Comments

Hello! My name is Alejandra Rodriguez Vega (…


Microsoft AirSim drone racing at NeuroIPS

Posted by Chris Anderson on December 10, 2019 at 1:42pm 0 Comments

From the Microsoft Research Team:

Drone racing has transformed from a niche activity sparked by enthusiastic…


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 5 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 1 Comment

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…



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

Top VEX Robotics Teams from Great Lakes Region Battle it Out in Grandville

On December 14 and 15, the Grandville High School RoboDawgs will play host to top robotics teams from around the Midwest. This 1st annual Midwest Elite VEX tournament will take place at Grandville Middles School and include top teams from Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. Tournament Champions will take home the Old Brass Boots, a pair of antique brass boots introduced as […]

Best beginner drone to buy Christmas 2019?

I think that has to be my most clickbaity title of 2019! Three times I have been asked this question this December, and three times I have had the same answer. So I might as well pop it on here so I can send anyone else here! We are talking about something that is to […]

German drone startup Wingcopter receives seven-digit investment from Singapore

Darmstadt, December 13, 2019 – The German drone start-up Wingcopter has secured a seven-digit financing. The investment comes from Singapore-based Corecam Capital Partners. Wingcopter develops and produces autonomously flying delivery drones for social and civilian applications – true to the company’s guiding principle “Technology with a Purpose”. With its patented tilt-rotor mechanism the startup closes the gap between commercial drones, […]

FAA Approves Rare Permit to Replant After Wildfires

Wildfire restoration got a huge boost in both safety and speed thanks to a recent FAA approval for Seattle-based DroneSeed. The privately held startup obtained an additional amendment to its already unprecedented FAA Part 333 exemption that enables them to operate their seed-planting drones Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in forested and post-fire areas.  This means […]

PIX4D New Year CHALLENGE! Show us your 2019 best drone pic and be in to win!

Pix4D users are doing the coolest things. From Antarctica to Zambia, you’re out there seeing and mapping the world. To be honest, we’re a little bit jealous. That’s why for the final Community Challenge this decade (crazy, right?!) we want to see your best drone or aerial pic. We’re looking for spectacular nadir photos or […]

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