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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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Autonomous Flying using the RealSense T265 Tracking Camera in GPS Denied Environment

Posted by Patrick Poirier on June 26, 2019 at 2:46am 6 Comments

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As part of a Google Summer Of Code (GSOC). I have the privilege to Mentor a talented PhD Student of the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, named Thien Nguyen.

Since the beginning of this project , Thien has delivered a series of Labs to serve not only as milestones for the project but also a step-by-step guideline for anyone who wishes to learn about using the power of computer vision for autonomous robot to follow. The…


NXP is giving away 100 PX4-based development copters for its firefighting competition

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2019 at 1:55pm 4 Comments

This is pretty cool. NXP is giving away 100 of its new Dronecode/PX4-based ready-to-fly drone development platform to people entering its "help fight fires with drones" competition with 

Apply here…


PX4/Dronecode Developer Conference full house today in Zurich

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2019 at 8:55am 0 Comments

More than 200 attendees at our first PX4 developer summit in Zurich!

Nearly 600 developers are now contributing to the project…


PX4-based tailsitter VTOL

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2019 at 1:52pm 0 Comments

From Hackster:

"Engineers at the University of Toronto have designed a fully open sourced dual-rotor tail-sitter MAV using readily available electronics and…


Unusual Solvers Competition on Drones/AI: Over $200K in prizes

Posted by Patrick Meier on June 19, 2019 at 2:26am 2 Comments

Dear All,
We've just launched an international competition in partnership with the Omidyar Network and would very much value your kind help in sharing this new opportunity far…

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…


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 for the project.

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


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:…


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,…



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

Waiver Watch Continues

We (editorial we) broke the “Asleep At The Bait And Switch” story on the 12th of June 2019: As is now becoming customary, the square game folks (unwashed end-users) reach out with their appreciative emails, texts, and phone calls, encouraged that someone is still looking out for them. The acknowledgement is great, and I […]

Drone Management Platform integrates business and technical tools for the first time to halve operating costs

Dronecloud, the drone management software company, today announced the launch of its Drone Management, cloud-based software platform. The platform can halve project overheads by simplifying end-to-end workflow. It integrates all drone operations, from client communications to flight planning and it automatically creates a regulation-compliant audit trail through partnerships with global leaders in drone and air […]

New UgCS drone mission planning software update arrives with exciting features

Improving core functionality, the new UgCS v.3.3 boasts a brand-new photo placemark feature and better mission saving and loading performance. For this latest update of the UgCS, its developer – SPH Engineering – has focused on improving the user experience and extending the analytics capacities of its smart drone mission planning software. Photo placemarks for […]

AIRT and APD Team Up to Promote Disaster Resiliency via Drones throughout the Caribbean and Latin America

Non-profit organizations will help train first responders and emergency managers on using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and related technologies for emergencies and disasters. MIAMI – The Airborne International Response Team (AIRT), a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit and non-governmental organization has announced a new partnership with the Asociación de Profesionales de Drones (APD), a specialized professional organization based […]

Zala Lancet loitering munition

Kalashnikov is presenting a new precision UAV weapon system “ZALA LANCET” at the international forum “Army 2019”. Testing of this UAV system is already completed. “ZALA LANCET” is a smart multipurpose weapon, capable of autonomously finding and hitting a target. The weapon system consists of a precision strike component, reconnaissance, navigation and communications modules. It […]

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