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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

YDLIDAR X2 - $89 LiDAR review

Posted by Mateusz Sadowski on May 24, 2019 at 2:00am 1 Comment

Hi guys!

I recently had a chance to test out YDLIDAR X2, that could be a cheaper alternative to RPLIDAR. Here are some of the characteristics of this unit:

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Continue – 2.4 GHz HD Downlink updates

Posted by cedivad on May 24, 2019 at 12:30am 2 Comments

I've last posted on this website a couple of years back and I'm sad to see activity decreased lately (I used to be an avid reader as well).

For people that haven't followed or weren't interested I've now spent some time developing a 2.4 GHz version of the video transmission system, I've tested it to 17km @ 700mW and 7km @ 100mW…


Utilising “AI+Drone” Technology, XAG Launched JetSeed™ Granule Spreading System to Battle Grassland Degradation

Posted by viya on May 20, 2019 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

XAG P30 plant protection drone spreading grass seeds on scene

April 25, SICHUAN China – XAG has just launched a patented granule spreading system JetSeed™ at its Special Event held in Ruoergai Grassland, Aba,…


YANGDA 3-Axis DSLR Drone Gimbal For SONY A5000/A6000/A7

Posted by yangdaonline on May 16, 2019 at 1:48am 1 Comment

Sky Eye-Z6K Pro is the upgraded version of …


Tersus UAV PPK Kits for Photogrammetry

Posted by Haley Hu on May 14, 2019 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Tersus UAV PPK Kits is mainly designed for UAV Photogrammetry.

BX316R PPK Board has below features, 

* Supports measurements output 

- GPS L1/L2, GLONASS L1/L2, BeiDou B1/B2 from primary…


FlytBase and AirMap Join Hands to Power UTM Support for Drone Automation

Posted by Utsav Chopra on May 14, 2019 at 12:29am 0 Comments

FlytBase and AirMap have agreed to join forces to speed up the introduction of …


Simulatable and repeatable camera motion with ROI sequences

Posted by Martin Rüedi on May 10, 2019 at 3:00am 0 Comments

These days FlightZoomer 3.2 has been released which offers a number of new features:

  • Full stop ILS landings for copter.
  • Support for the affordable RTF drone Sky…

Mapping Chernobyl

Posted by Hein du Plessis on May 9, 2019 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

I just want to share this very interesting article on BBC about the large scale mapping of Chernobyl.

AEROMAPPER 300 & 42Mp camera with PPK bundle: unrivaled resolution & accuracy

Posted by Mauricio on May 9, 2019 at 12:03pm 0 Comments

Many owners of small sub-1Kg flying wings or multirotor drones at some point encounter the need to cover more area in less time without (hopefully) sacrificing too much ground resolution, or just increase productivity when confronted with large area survey projects. In many other cases, small drones can’t just cope with the wind which shows no sign of…


ZOON - 2.4Ghz LoRa Telemetry Module by DRONEE

Posted by Maksim P on April 30, 2019 at 3:03pm 15 Comments

ZOON is 2.4Ghz LoRa  based long range telemetry module. ZOONv3 can send data up to 21km at 0.5kbps and 6km at 125kbps.

ZOON adds mavlink…



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

UTM TCL 4 Takeaway

NASA sent out an email for the press to come out to Reno, Nevada to see/hear about UTM. I had always wondered why I never got the invite in the past to come out for a preview of the unmanned deus ex machina. I didn’t get the email personally and was alerted by Werner at […]

DJI, Huawei, Spying and How They Bamboozled the FAA and American Public

DJI is in the press again about security concerns and has continually been allowed free range access over at the FAA when they were continually warned about security vulnerabilities. DJI has made public statement after public statement, but who should you believe? A foreign company or their US Public Policy person with zero security experience? […]

DJI – Director of U.S. Regulatory Affairs

The U.S. Director of Regulatory Affairs will be responsible for developing and executing a U.S. federal regulatory affairs strategy that helps to expand the domestic and international utilization of DJI technology across civil, recreational, and public markets in the United States. This person will have a leading role in interacting with the U.S. Department of […]

Percepto Raises $15 Million Series A Funding Led by USVP, For Its Market-Leading Industrial Autonomous Drone-in-a-Box

Percepto, the global market leader for industrial autonomous drone solutions, today announced that it has raised $15M Series A Round Funding, led by U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), with participation from existing investors: NHN, Spider Capital and Emerge. The company has to date raised a total of $27.5M. Previous investors include R&R Venture Partners and Hyundai […]

Drones in the Battlespace – Canadian Company Introduces New Multi-Domain Multi-Platform Drone Control System

Kongsberg UAS ground station system has been integrated with new sensors and enhanced multi-domain display capabilities to simultaneously coordinate drones in the air, on the water, and undersea Ottawa, ON: Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based geospatial and defense technology company, announced today that they are introducing a new multi-domain control system for coordinating the use of […]

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