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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
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  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller

Posted by Simon D. Levy on November 19, 2018 at 7:54pm 0 Comments

Looking around for an inexpensive, almost-ready-to-fly brushless-motor quadcopter to use a basis for indoor flight-control research, I was delighted to come across the  Altair Aerial Blackhawk.  With its extra-long extension legs and GoPro mount (which I…


The Commercial UAV Show in London 2018

Posted by Kirill on November 17, 2018 at 1:28pm 0 Comments

This week the 5th Commercial UAV Show took place at ExCel in London, United Kingdom. While exhibiting there I also took a camera and walked around - if you missed the event you still have a chance to watch how it went. Enjoy!

Video Course: Mavlink, Qground, Dronekit...

Posted by Tiziano Fiorenzani on November 14, 2018 at 11:30am 1 Comment

I interviewed Caleb Bergquist, a developer like us who posted a complete video course online about:

 - Setting up the developer environment

 - Mavproxy and Qground Control



vertical works new mega drone company

Posted by vertical works on November 13, 2018 at 7:00am 1 Comment

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Changing Direction

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on November 13, 2018 at 5:30am 2 Comments

Well, the day finally has come when I am ready to give up on this endeavor. My goal was to build a manned, internal combustion quad copter.  I will not say the project was a failure because I learned so much on my journey, but I just see other avenues which seem more promising.

Of note, from the project I did successfully build a variable pitch,…


"See" more of your RF environment in the field

Posted by Azjeg on November 9, 2018 at 8:05am 2 Comments

One of the most difficult risks to manage with all sUAS flight operations, and in fact with most remote-controlled vehicle systems is radio interference. Detecting the threat and evading it is almost impossible without proper RF instrumentation, namely a decent spectrum analyser. It's not something even developers are taking to the field too frequently, not…


Vertical Technologies DeltaQuad maps uninhabited island

Posted by sander on November 3, 2018 at 8:23pm 0 Comments

At the end of this new DeltaQuad compilation video, you can see the 3D rendering that was created from a survey mission of a dutch peninsula. The mission was flown using a DeltaQuad Pro #MAP carrying a Sony A7R3 with a 35mm lens.…


Pioneer drone show by Geoscan Ltd.

Posted by Shevelev Ilya on November 2, 2018 at 5:00am 11 Comments

Pretty much everyone these days knows that some companies can launch thousands of drones in the air and perform a breathtaking show with light and moving animation. This is an incredible piece of engineering, but  in attempt to do something similar one should consider technological, personnel and logistical…


Tersus UAV PPK Solution with Base Station

Posted by Haley Hu on October 31, 2018 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Tersus UAV PPK Solution with Base Station

Tersus UAV PPK solution includes BX316R PPK Receiver, AX3705 Helix Antenna and Tersus GeoPix Software. BX316R PPK Receiver supports multi-constellations and dual-frequencies. It has in-built 4G memory for GNSS observation data recoding. Very small and light…



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

vHive Releases Autonomous Drone Solution for Complex Cell Tower Inspection

vHive, the developer of a cloud-based software solution that enables enterprises to deploy autonomous drone hives to digitize their field operations and assets, announced today the enhancement of its fully automated workflow for cell tower inspection using drones to also support guy wire towers. “Millions of cell towers worldwide require ongoing inspection and surveying as […]

Embry-Riddle free MOOC – small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) – key concepts and best practices for new users

embry-riddle This two-week MOOC covers key concepts related to small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), including basic types, characteristics, applications and current and future uses. It is designed for users with commercial, private/recreational, and public and educational interest in sUAS applications. Specific importance is placed on safety of flight within the National Airspace System (NAS), including where […]

GA-ASI Unmanned Aircraft Selected by Belgium

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) has been notified that the Government of Belgium has approved Belgian Defense to begin negotiations with the U.S. Government to acquire the MQ-9B SkyGuardian Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS). “We look forward to providing our unmanned aircraft systems to meet Belgium’s mission requirements, while also supporting the NATO Alliance,” said […]

Real World FLIR – The Podcast

The sUAS News Podcast series carries on its long tradition of interviewing and learning from experts in the unmanned technology field, and, in this instalment, we learn about FLIR products and remote sensing. Our guests are Randall Warnas, Global sUAS Segment Leader FLIR, and Garret Bryl, UAS Pilot for the Joshua Fire and Public Safety […]

Involi a piece of the BVLOS jigsaw

I was going to sit down today and write about Involi, a company I had heard of but not seen in action until the Lake Victoria Challenge. A power cut has made that easier to do, more of that later. Involi is a Swiss company who have set out to create their own network of […]

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