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iSkyMaster replied to iSkyMaster's discussion Lipo Battery Cut off System in the group PIXHAWK
"@Clifton Hipsher - Good points.I think the use of this device will come handy for fixed-wing…"
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iSkyMaster replied to iSkyMaster's discussion LiDAR for Pixhawk "or" for dummies? in the group PIXHAWK
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iSkyMaster replied to iSkyMaster's discussion LiDAR for Pixhawk "or" for dummies? in the group PIXHAWK
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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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Blog Posts

DX80 flashlight flight test on a drone

Posted by Hugues on February 18, 2018 at 10:11am 0 Comments


This is the follow up video showing a test flight of the monster 32000 lumen flashlight mounted on a drone (and remote operated via an ESP8266 wifi DIY solution).

Fore those interested, check my previous build video about mounting the DX80 flashlight on a drone : …


Low current drain battery monitor with pixhawk interface (10 cell)

Posted by Echo G on February 16, 2018 at 9:00am 5 Comments

In-flight monitoring of total battery voltage and individual cell voltage is important for accurately estimating flight time. Monitoring the cell voltages during flight and operating load conditions help to predict battery health and cell degradation. 
We designed a battery monitor board…

Agriculture Drones: How Are Drones Being Used for Farming? (Infographic)

Posted by Jet Flora on February 13, 2018 at 10:34pm 0 Comments

The use of drones in agriculture is the future. Heavy lift drones capable of crop dusting and drones equipped with multispectral sensors will change the way in which farming is done.

With greater refinements in drone technology and implementation, we will see the agricultural drone sector take off. According to Global Markets Insight Inc., the Agriculture Drones Market will be valued at $1 billion by 2024.

How are drones being used for farming? Check this Infographic from…


Background on the amazing Intel drone swarm demo at the Olympics

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 11, 2018 at 4:24pm 5 Comments

Here's some background on the amazing Intel drone displays at the Olympics. 

Wired article here

Intel video:…


Arctic campaigns

Posted by Martin Mueller on February 10, 2018 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

We are out for UAV field campaigns again. After one week of flying over sea ice of the Baltic sea in northern Finland we are now heading for Svalbard.…


Official ArduPilot SWAG shop is Online...

Posted by Jani Hirvinen on February 9, 2018 at 7:46am 1 Comment

After many months of working and planning within ArduPilot marketing team, we are finally pleased to announce our own ArduPilot organization swag / merchandise store.

The official store address is: …


CF flying wing

Posted by Abhinav Pandey on February 8, 2018 at 11:30am 11 Comments

So I have been working on this for a while now. It is designed for aerial photography/surveying. Carbon fiber flying wing, quite durable. Had an excellent vendor work on this (manufacturing here is much cheaper in India). Here are some specs:

Wingspan - 1.4 m

All up weight - 1.2 kg

Payload - 300 grams

Endurance - 40~50 mins ( Plans to experiment with li-on batteries to increase the…


Dronecoria: Open Source Forest Restoration with Drones

Posted by lot on February 7, 2018 at 8:00am 4 Comments

Dear Drone Community,

As you probably know, our wildlife and nature is in danger, only last year millons of hectares was devastated by wildfire in California, Europe, and Asia. If we don't do anything, 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

Drone Operations – Find Out Where The Market Is Going

By Peter van Blyenburgh The Survey on Drone Operations, conducted on behalf of UVS International, gives a unique view of the drone industry as it is today and as it is anticipated to be the near term (1-2 years). It refines the high-level forecasts and analyses of the UAS sector that have been produced up […]

GRIFF Aviation awarded $2M USD research grant

GRIFF Aviation has been awarded a $2M USD grant by the Research Council of Norway. The award from the government agency will be used on a joint-industry research project into drone operations and associated challenges at sea. Joining GRIFF Aviation on the project are Olympic Shipping, Norut (the Northern Research Institute) and Stable, specialists in […]

DroneBase Secures $12 Million Round of Series B Funding to Expand Drone Operations Technology

DroneBase, the largest global drone operations company, today announced it has raised $12 million in Series B funding to expand its drone operations services for enterprises. Union Square Ventures (USV) and Upfront Ventures co-led the round alongside DJI and new investors Hearst Ventures and Pritzker Group. This brings DroneBase’s total funding to more than $17 […]

DroneDeploy Launches Real-Time Mapping for Instant Aerial Data and Analysis

dronedeploy DroneDeploy, the leading drone mapping software platform in the world, today announced the release of Live Map — a first-of-its-kind feature that allows any drone operator to create real-time maps in the field with their iOS device. Users plan a flight, take off, and see maps render on-screen during flight — without the need for […]

Singapore’s HES Energy Systems Pushes Forward on Long Range Hydrogen-Electric Flight, Joins Forces with French Aerospace & Energy Tech Developers to Form Complete Value Chain

HES Energy Systems, the leading Fuel Cell Systems developer from Singapore has formed an Alliance with three French Clean Energy and Aerospace Tech companies. Named FLY-HY, the group’s mission is to begin addressing the global market as a unified value chain, ranging from hydrogen refuelling systems to energy storage and power conversion, and cooperate with […]

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