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Ardupilot on Pixhawk 4 Boat

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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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Amazon's New Prime Air Drone Features a Weird Tailsitter Design

Posted by Greg Dronsky on June 17, 2019 at 11:13am 0 Comments

Amazon is finally starting to address some of the actual challenges with drone delivery, making us slightly less skeptical

Amazon has been working away at its Prime Air urban and suburban drone delivery for years. Many years. It’s been at least half a…

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Open Source Chevy Volt Project

Posted by Monroe King on June 14, 2019 at 10:00pm 4 Comments

Well guys it's been a while! I own a Chevy Volt now and I just cant wait to fiddle with it! LOL so I started a Group on Facebook for the project and I'll be adding a website and forum at teamprometheus.org for the project.

After starting the group one of the new member's Matt Davis Pointed this out.…

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XAG Launched New Generation Agricultural IoT System to Build Traceability and Further Ensure Food Safety

Posted by viya on June 10, 2019 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

December 2018, GUANGZHOU China – XAG’s Research and Development Center in Guangzhou officially released the "XAG Agricultural IoT System”. The XAG Agricultural IoT System is composed of a series of farmland IoT devices and application software. This release of the XIoT kit includes:…

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A comparison of VTOL mapping drones

Posted by Maarten Zwarts on June 7, 2019 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

For some time now, VTOL drones have entered the field of aerial mapping. These Vertical Takeoff and Landing drones offer the flexibility and ease of use of a multirotor combined with the range and stability of a fixed wing UAV.

At The Fieldwork Company we have been using both fixed wing and multirotor drones for aerial surveys for many years,…

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AEROMAPPERS ACHIEVE COMPLIANT UAV STATUS with TRANSPORT CANADA

Posted by Mauricio on June 7, 2019 at 8:42am 2 Comments

Aeromao from Canada is pleased to announce that the Aeromappers line of commercial grade drones have been added to the list of compliant UAV systems of Transport Canada. This distinction allows Canadian organizations using…

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Drone Charter on Equal Opportunity and Inclusion

Posted by Patrick Meier on June 6, 2019 at 5:54am 0 Comments

Local drone experts, entrepreneurs and engineers from 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania have signed this Charter on Equal Opportunity &…

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White Paper on Warehouse Transformation using Autonomous Drones

Posted by Utsav Chopra on June 5, 2019 at 5:30am 1 Comment

We had recently released a white paper highlighting the role of autonomous drones in the digital transformation of warehouses. Driven by safety, cost and revenue benefits, warehouses across the world are adopting technologies such as Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Unmanned Aerial…

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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

It Is So Much More than a Dharma Bomb!

3DRobotics bit the dust, Karma was a full-fledged GoPro Dharma bomb, Parrot continually posts losses (Chris Anderson makes up some informative graphs when he’s not rubbing #ChiComms in DJI’s face), and Insitu is laying folks off. DJI gave Airmap the Ike Turner treatment in public and is in desperation mode trying to wipe the sting […]

Empirical Systems Aerospace Inc. Receives NASA task order for X-57 “Maxwell” wing and system integration

Empirical Systems Aerospace, Inc. (ESAero), a leading Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) System design, development and manufacturing services provider announced today receipt of a follow-on purchase order from NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center for the X-57 “Maxwell”, the first all-electric X-plane, for Wing and Distributed Electric Propulsion System Integration. ESAero has […]

MMC to Attend Shenzhen International UAV EXPO

MMC (MicromultiCopter Aviation) is set to attend the 4th Shenzhen International UAV EXPO from June 20 to June 22, showcasing its brand new industrial chain products within UAV-Ecosystem including UAV frame, flight control system, payloads and motors which are now open for sale. It is notable that MMC will present a series of drone platforms with open […]

Raytheon and Black Sage team to deliver counter-drone tech

Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Black Sage are now partnering through a formal teaming arrangement to provide an integrated drone detection and mitigation system for civil authorities, critical infrastructure and military organizations around the world. “As we saw at Gatwick and Heathrow airports, drones operating inside commercial air corridors are posing a real challenge,” said Todd Probert, […]

Elistair Tethered Drone System Helps Securing the UEFA Champions League Final 2019 in Madrid

Spanish Police chooses Elistair tethered drone system, operated by UMILES Global Solutions, for persistent surveillance of the UEFA Champions League Final. During the UEFA Champions League Final played on 1 June 2019 at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, police forces used Elistair tethered drone system coupled with UMILES Global solution U06 Plus drone for […]

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