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Will AHRS_ORIENTATION=8 for Arducopter 3.2.1 on APM 2.5 using a traditional Heli

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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
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Blog Posts

Introducing the GRIFLION M8 VOLT wingspan 2.5 meters RTK+PPK sport

Posted by OG on September 18, 2019 at 8:00am 1 Comment

Pixhawk FC university alumni discount available conditions apply!!!


A drone with a wingspan of 2.5 meters using PIX Hawk FC for …


Using Autonomous Drones for Inventory Counting in Warehouses

Posted by Utsav Chopra on September 18, 2019 at 12:16am 1 Comment

Cycle counting of warehouse inventory, a labor intensive but high-value business activity, can now be done…


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 10 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…



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

47 teams given a Go for Deliverable 1 for Medical Rescue 2020

The UAV Challenge Technical Committee has now completed its reviews of the Deliverable 1 documents from teams that have entered the UAV Challenge Medical Rescue event that will be held in 2020. After some clarifications from some teams, 47 teams have been given a Go decision and progress to the next stage. Those teams have […]

Robot Aviation Demonstrates the SkyRobot FX10 unmanned surveillance system for Polish Police

The Department of Special Training of the Police Academy in Katowice, Poland, organised a seminar on: The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in the Police and the way police officers deal with UAV operators who violate legal regulations. This seminar was attended by more officers from the Police Headquarters, Warsaw Police, and others from […]

Gas and electricity BVLOS trial a resounding success

The large-scale collaborative project, which is both a UK-first and a designated Government Drone Pathfinder Project, is celebrating the successful completion of the first stage of beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight trials in segregated airspace. Conducted by Wiltshire based aviation specialists, Callen-Lenz, the completion of the trials (which covered an unprecedented total distance of 688km BVLOS over a combined 640 minutes), mark a […]

MMC UAV Griflion H – Fifteen-hour VTOL

MMC UAV launched its brand new hydrone H that features a record-breaking 15-hour flight time on September 17th in Germany during the InterGEO 2019, the world’s largest conference and trade fair for geodesy, geoinformation and land management. It is a hydrogen-powered vertical take-off and landing drone with an integrated design. MMC-developed hydrogen fuel battery shows […]

SOARIZON drone management platform integrates with what3words

Drone management platform SOARIZON by Thales has today announced that it has integrated with the location phenomenon what3words. Users of the platform, which is free to use, can search for a three-word address anywhere in the world when planning their drone flights. What is what3words? What3words is a really simple way to talk about location. […]

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