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Free Music Resource for Drone Videos

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Power Module Backup?

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Autonomous Tank in progress

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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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4 Secrets to Keeping Your Drone in Great Condition

Posted by Rachael Murphey on January 15, 2019 at 9:55am 0 Comments

Welcome to the wonderful world of drones. If you've just gotten your first drone, you’re in for a real treat, so get ready to enjoy the experience.

Perform Pre-Flight Procedures

Like any…


Latest from DroneMapper Rapid / Remote Expert Release

Posted by JP on January 10, 2019 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

The free version "RAPID" now allows higher resolution DEM generation and blended Orthomosaic! 

DroneMapper Rapid and Remote Expert Version 20181120 has been released. Please download the latest version here. This release has the latest UI…


What is Reach RS+ and how to use it to achieve cm accuracy

Posted by Emlid on January 10, 2019 at 8:00am 0 Comments



Our new video provides a simple overview of real-time kinematic (RTK), post-processed kinematic (PPK) and NTRIP. It also demonstrates how Reach RS+ can be used in the field for various applications.…


Lightware SF11/C Laser Altimeter and [ultra] Bright Sun

Posted by Kristaps Brass on January 7, 2019 at 8:15am 0 Comments


In December we had a great chance to test the M600 Pro system with a terrain following module in sunny Peru!

In general, SF11/C works perfectly. There was one annoying issue: under extremely bright sun over some surfaces it can miss readings for a long time. Fortunately, a solution was found quickly: during the…


Impressive multicopter wing hybrid

Posted by Jack Crossfire on January 7, 2019 at 2:20am 0 Comments

Finally, a novel wing rotor design which actually looks like it should fly.  It might only be the finished look instead of the usual carbon fiber rods & duct tape.  There's obviously still a torque problem on the wings, as it approaches higher speed.  It seems like a safer & more scaleable way of attaching many rotors than…


Lightweight 30X optical zoom camera for the drone

Posted by yangdaonline on January 7, 2019 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Sky Eye-30XZ is a 3-axis high stabilized gimbal with 1080P 30X zoom camera for drone inspection, surveillance, search and rescue applications.

The 30X optical zoom camera provides 1080P 60FPS full HD video…


Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller

Posted by Simon D. Levy on January 6, 2019 at 3:06pm 5 Comments

What could be more fun than hacking an RTF quadcopter to fly with your own custom firmware? How about hacking with your own DIY Arduino-compatible 32-bit flight controller?  This…


ROS and Raspberry Pi for beginners | Tutorial on a Donkey Car

Posted by Tiziano Fiorenzani on January 5, 2019 at 8:36am 4 Comments

Technically speaking there is no mention of any autopilot in my tutorial. But, as ROS (Robot Operating System) becomes more and more popular, I kinda felt like it was time to create a Tutorial for beginner that was actually fun to do (and watch, I hope).

So I decided to go…


Batmon: Pixhawk compatible, in-flight battery monitors with LED display

Posted by Echo G on January 3, 2019 at 12:00pm 8 Comments

Happy new year to all flyers. 

We want to update the progress made on an in-flight battery monitor. Initial revisions of the board were meant to capture accurate cell voltages for the flight batteries. However, lot of feedback was received to push the board towards a minimal Battery Monitoring System. Currently, most diy'ers and professional…



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

DroneDeploy Customers Complete 1 Million Drone Flights in 2018

San Francisco-based DroneDeploy, the world’s leading commercial drone software company, announced today that its customers have safely conducted more than 1 million automated drone flights around the world. This milestone was made possible by 4,000+ DroneDeploy customers as aerial data powered smarter workflows in industries as diverse as construction, agriculture, energy, and emergency management. DroneDeploy’s […]

Full NAS Integration And The New False Hope

Drone airspace integration and what not to do if you want a thriving industry. When I was in China speaking at the World UAV Federation symposium, I said, “Whatever you do, do not emulate the U.S. airspace integration effort, unless you are not interested in making money.” It took about ten or so seconds to […]

Dronecloud Beta Launch – public beta

Running a drone operation is a complex business. Dronecloud is an easier way to manage and grow drone operations whilst engaging with clients and stakeholders. Expect a full launch towards the end of Q1 2019. In the meantime, drone operations of all sizes are welcome to register and help refine what is set to become […]

State of Nevada Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site Selected for Milestone DOT / FAA UAS Traffic Management Pilot Program

On 14 January 2019, Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao addressed attendees to the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting on the future of Transportation.  In her remarks, Secretary Chao highlighted the DOT / FAA Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) Pilot Program (UPP) awardees, which included the FAA-designated State of Nevada UAS Test Site. The […]

AJS Support UK commercial operator trends 2013 – 2019

Alan Stevens – ALS Support Over the last 11 years, AJS Support Ltd (AJSSL) has been following the developments and trends within the vast scope of the UK drone industry. This work is used in support of our customers who are looking strategically towards future delivery, optimisation or use of sUAS capabilities. One of these […]

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