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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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Detailed Inspection of 18km, 138kV Transmission Line by Automated Drone

Posted by Kyle on March 16, 2018 at 3:30pm 1 Comment


In Spring 2017, Aeriosense provided its services to Allteck Line Contractors Inc., an industry leader in transmission line maintenance whose expertise ranges from design and installation to maintenance and repair of high-voltage infrastructure. Allteck was looking to achieve more efficient, more cost-effective detailed inspection of high-voltage transmission lines.

Using Aeriosense's automated drone inspection solution on an 18 km, 138kV…


How to Build a FPV Racing Quadcopter!

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on March 16, 2018 at 2:00am 0 Comments

Thanks to Lumenier for providing parts for this build: After learning about the world of FPV quadcopter racing, we couldn't wait to build our own. With the help of Lumenier and FPV quadcopter flyer Charpu, we learn about all the components needed to build a solid mini racing quadcopter for…


Disturbance Rejection with Incremental Control of Accelerations

Posted by Ewoud Smeur on March 15, 2018 at 10:21am 0 Comments

Wind Gusts

Drones have the potential to perform many useful tasks, such as search and rescue, package delivery and aerial imaging. But in order to perform these tasks in an outdoor environment, the vehicles need to be able to control their position under the influence of wind gusts. This is especially true when flying…


Free Aerial Imagery Data (Personal/Commercial Use)

Posted by JP on March 14, 2018 at 8:03am 0 Comments

Free Aerial Imagery Data Collection JPGs, GeoTIFFs and Point Clouds!

We've updated our sample data page with a number of new drone based aerial imagery collections. These are available for personal and commercial use! We would love to hear…


Servo Redundancy

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on March 14, 2018 at 7:12am 8 Comments

I continue to develop my "full scale" gas powered, variable pitch quad-copter.

After watching the video below at 

Amazing DIY Projects

I realized (more vividly) how vulnerable…


obstacle avoidance using a convolution neural network

Posted by andre van calster on March 12, 2018 at 5:30am 8 Comments

Recently I started working on convolutional neural networks (cnn) for obstacle avoidance. With the help of "DroNet" from ETH Zurich and the "Deep Learning for Computer Vision" book from Adrian Rosebrock, I managed to build my first cnn algorithm for obstacle avoidance. The cnn module is written in python, using a keras…


IR Laser Night Vision Zoom Camera For Drone

Posted by yangdaonline on March 11, 2018 at 11:09pm 1 Comment

Sky Eye-12NLT is one 1080P 12X zoom camera designed for multirotors to conduct night vision mission like inspection,surveillance,search and rescue,due to its powerful night vision capability.It consists of one 1080P 12X stellar zoom camera and an IR laser illuminator served as an auxiliary IR light for the zoom camera.The 12X stellar zoom…


GigE and USB3 module for FLIR TAU2

Posted by Drone thermal camera on March 11, 2018 at 6:27am 1 Comment

FLIR TAU2 is very common used LWIR thermal imaging sensor in the area of UAV industry. That sensor offer fully radiometrics signal, but FLIR TAU2 standard output is only a analog video signal. This is a little frustrating: FLIR TAU2 could also be used as a high-quality thermal imaging camera, but there is a lack…


Cool landscape photography with a 3DR Solo and high-powered lights

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 10, 2018 at 5:32pm 2 Comments

Really interesting technique from Reuben Wu of the band Ladytron, who uses a 3DR Solo carrying bright lights to illuminate landscapes in ways that otherwise wouldn't be possible. 



The UDB5mini is now available from Octopilot!

Posted by Ben Levitt on March 9, 2018 at 11:29am 6 Comments

The UAV Dev Board was an early entry to the DIY autopilot world, designed by Bill Premerlani along with SparkFun.  The hardware went through 5 revisions over the years to incorporate better and better sensors, with the 5th generation, the UDB5, serving pilots and developers well for a long time, along with…



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

Russian Billionaire Attempts to Take US Businessman’s Drone

ST. BART’S, GUSTAVIA – One thing that truly makes a trip to the Caribbean unforgettable? Getting your drone shot down by Russians with an anti-drone cannon. On Thursday, Droneworks Studios, a US drone company, released a YouTube video in which co-founder Justin Oakes tells the bizarre story of when a Russian billionaire tried to take […]

Drone Delivery Canada Completes First Ever Test Flights in the United States of America

Drone Delivery Canada ‘DDC or the Company’ (TSX.V:FLT  OTC:TAKOF), is pleased to report the Company completed a series of successful test flights during the week of March 5th, 2018 in the United States of America at the Griffiss International Airport located in Rome, New York. “Testing at Griffiss was a natural extension for continued progress with our platform in a […]

Kittyhawk Insights – the most popular drone models

We frequently talk about the diversity of our customers at Kittyhawk. Everyone from media to oil and gas to rail roads use Kittyhawk to help power their commercial drone operations across their organizations. However, our customers have a diverse set of needs and use a variety of hardware. We thought it would be fun to […]

Kansas State Polytechnic collaborates with professional indoor football team Salina Liberty to fly drones during games

SALINA — The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is expanding its unmanned aircraft systems capabilities to now include sports and entertainment operations with the help of a professional indoor football team. The campus’s Applied Aviation Research Center, which is a hub for UAS exploration, is collaborating with the Salina Liberty to bring drone technology to the team’s home games this season. […]

Sentera Adds Powerful New Features and Capabilities to FieldAgent Mobile

Sentera today announced the addition of several significant new features and capabilities to its FieldAgent™ Mobile app. FieldAgent Mobile adds new flight planning options, a sleeker, more efficient user interface, in-app map views, and free access to the most commonly-used features on mobile. The redesigned app supports Sentera’s mission of making digital agriculture easy, seamless, […]

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