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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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Pi-Connect on Indiegogo

Posted by Stephen Dade on September 13, 2019 at 12:30am 0 Comments

After 6 months of research, development and testing, I've launched the Pi-Connect on Indiegogo. The Pi-Connect is an addon board (HAT) for the Raspberry Pi that provides easy and reliable integration with autonomous vehicles.

It provides:

  • 5.1V / 3.5A power supply
  • JSH-GH telemetry port for connection to a flight…

An easy way to use ArcticDEM data in UgCS

Posted by Alexey Dobrovolskiy on September 12, 2019 at 2:00pm 5 Comments

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I would like to say a big thanks again to ArcticDEM project ( Using their elevation data it is possible to fly drones…


37% Pre-order discount on Double frequency, multi-GNSS RTK wing drone - Dronee CORNETTE

Posted by Maksim P on September 11, 2019 at 9:00am 0 Comments

We’re super excited to announce a few amazing improvements to our ever popular Dronee Plane wing mapping drone. Our second generation Dronee CORNETTE comes with two new versions ( RTK/PPK and ACCURATE) now offer the very best accuracy.

To ensure that our RTK/PPK version provides the best possible GPS…


DIY Portable IOS/QGC ground station

Posted by David Eagle on September 6, 2019 at 10:30am 0 Comments

This document describes the design, construction and operation of a portable ground station that

can be used to implement QGroundControl (QGC) on an IOS device. The cost of this ground

station, excluding the IOS device, is reasonable and construction is straight-forward.

This portable ground station consists of the following…


China Drone Attack on Crop-Eating ‘Monster’ Shows 98% Kill Rate

Posted by viya on September 5, 2019 at 7:21pm 0 Comments

By Bloomberg

By Bloomberg

An army of drones deployed to fight a crop-devouring pest in a southern area of China has recorded a mortality rate of as high as 98%, according to the manufacturer.

XAG, a Guangzhou-based drone maker, teamed up with Germany’s Bayer Crop Science in a drone swarm operation to…


Sputnik GIS free by Geoscan

Posted by Shevelev Ilya on September 3, 2019 at 3:36am 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce a free version of Sputnik GIS software. Sputnik GIS is a professional drone surveying software for engineers, surveyors and urban planners: …


Landmark set to take off with drones

Posted by viya on August 27, 2019 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Jonathon Smith (left), Stratus Imaging, chats with Farmanco consultant Andrew Smith at last week's TECHSPO about the AeroShield drone spraying service using the XAG P30 drones

THE next step in drone…


Crowfunding Update, Four Years Later

Posted by Charles Blouin on August 27, 2019 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Four years ago, Chris Anderson posted a list of delayed Kickstarter campaigns. I was intrigued by this list and came back to it a few times over the years. 2014 and 2015 was the peak of the drone hype.

Unsurprisingly, most crowdfunding campaigns were late. Surprisingly, however, most (10 out…


Drones to one day swarm WA crops: innovator

Posted by viya on August 26, 2019 at 10:55pm 0 Comments

Stratus Imaging operations manager and chief pilot Andrew Dedman with a Xaircraft drone at TECHSPO

Flying up to five drones at once above broadacre farms could be an eye in the sky for the State’s grain growers to manage crops, according to Stratus Imaging chief pilot Andrew Dedman.

Speaking from the…



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

HAPSMobile Successfully Completes First HAWK30 Solar HAPS Test Flight at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

TOKYO—HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO:9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), today announced its successful completion of the first HAWK30 solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS) test flight on September 11, 2019 (PT) at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California. HAWK30 is designed to serve as a stratospheric […]

Novadem NX70 micro-UAVs have arrived in operations

Novadem, the French SME based in Aix-en-Provence, has just finalized the delivery of the 27 NX70 micro-UAV systems ordered by the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) last December. As a reminder, this order of more than 2M€ was placed in the context of an operational emergency, approved by the French Armed Forces Headquarter at the […]

Flirtey unveils the future of drone deliveries, the Flirtey Eagle

Flirtey, the pioneer of the commercial drone delivery industry, has unveiled the Flirtey Eagle, the world’s most advanced drone delivery technology today with Senator Cortez Masto (D-NV) at The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The company has released the much-anticipated first video of its next-generation delivery drone performing consumer and automated external defibrillator (AED) deliveries to customer homes. […]

GENIUS NY Startups Raise Over $10 Million in Follow-On Funding

Investments Validate the Program and Support the Region’s Growing Ecosystem UAS Investment is Supported by CNY Rising – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy SYRACUSE, NY: Five startups in the GENIUS NY accelerator, AutoModality, Civdrone, Fotokite, OmniMesh and TruWeather Solutions, have raised over $10 million in additional private investment. This follow-on-funding […]

Daedalean and UAVenture prepare to launch a new vision-based guidance system to the market

UAVenture and Daedalean have published a teaser video announcing a new guidance system for professional UAVs ● The system is called Magpie and provides unrivaled AI-powered functions – vision-based identification of emergency landing sites during flight, as well as visual navigation that helps sustain GPS outages – in less than 500g package, and completely integrated […]

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