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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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Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

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Tersus Oscar RTK base station

Posted by Haley Hu on August 13, 2019 at 6:30pm 4 Comments

Tersus Oscar RTK receiver is finished. 

The Oscar GNSS Receiver is a new generation GNSS RTK system. It supports calibration-free tilt compensation function which is immune to magnetic disturbances, leveling pole is not required. Easy configuration with 1.54 inch interactive screen on Ultimate and Advanced…


XAIRCRAFT P30 Plant Protection UAS wins at Red Dot Design Awards 2018

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

2018 April 9th, Essen, Germany - The Red Dot Design Awards announced its 2018 winners, XAIRCRAFT Plant Protection UAS P30 awarded the title ‘Red Dot’ in product design.

Founded in 1955, the Red Dot Design…


Temperature monitoring in climate change research using UAV thermal imaging

Posted by Workswell on August 8, 2019 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Billions of people suffer the effects of inadequate access to water. Strategies for mitigating and adapting to such outcomes are urgently needed. Maintenance of healthy vegetation is a necessary pre-condition of this globally-preferential state. And for this purpose, a suitable tool is needed to inform how effective this effort…


HD Streaming Live Ardupilot/PX4 Drone Footage to Your Application or to Facebook/Youtube using Wowza Media Server

Posted by XBStation 4G UAV Solution on August 8, 2019 at 2:57am 0 Comments

Video below we stream video to my website demo with RTMP Adobe Flash Player

  • If you have a business drone for delivery, security, ambulance using Ardupilot/PX4 firmware, it is necessary to play live video from drone footage for your clients/partners from your application. And…

To Accelerate Smart Agriculture, XAG Presents Applicable Solutions on Scaling Agritech at World Economic Forum

Posted by viya on August 6, 2019 at 11:42pm 0 Comments

July 3, DALIAN – The World Economic Forum’s 13th Annual Meeting of the New Champions (AMNC), or Summer Davos, has taken place in Northeast China’s coastal city Dalian from 1st-3rd, July. As a foremost international summit to drive innovation and forge partnership, this year’s meeting, themed Leadership 4.0: Succeeding in a New Era of Globalisation, brings together a record number of participants from over 120 countries to address the world’s major challenges.…

World Economic Forum


Swarming Solos

Posted by Chris Anderson on August 6, 2019 at 8:06pm 3 Comments

Collaboration of Rajant, a mesh networking company, and the Norwegian military. BBC story here;

Scientists from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) and the US's Rajant Corporation are working on simultaneously flying about 20 drones that…


A flight of fancy – into the future

Posted by ParagonVtol on August 6, 2019 at 7:30am 1 Comment

A flight of fancy – into the future

Gone are the days when drones were used only for security and for patrolling remote areas, or using them for cinematic production or…


Autonomous Precision Landing for DJI Mavic and Phantom Series Drones

Posted by Utsav Chopra on August 5, 2019 at 11:00pm 2 Comments

FlytBase releases autonomous precision landing for DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise, Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom, Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 Pro (V2) and other prosumer-grade drones.

Professional users of prosumer-grade UAVs can now hover and land their drones precisely – for…


What would you do with a lidar that can run off a watch battery?

Posted by Nadia Nilsen on August 5, 2019 at 2:30pm 2 Comments

LightWare has great pleasure in launching the SF23/B. This first of its kind lidar can run from voltages as low as 3.2 V and has an average current consumption of less than 2 mA when taking one reading per second.

LightWare believes this product offering will enable lidar applications and product solutions that were…



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

Scotland’s Transport Secretary pays visit to Cranfield

Scotland’s Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP, today visited Cranfield University on a fact-finding mission to learn more about the latest technological developments in sustainable aerospace and aviation. On the visit, the Transport Secretary heard from Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University, about their work on ‘Project Fresson’ with Loganair […]

Ascent Vision Technologies Appoints Lee Dingman as President & CCO

Bozeman, Montana – Ascent Vision Technologies (AVT) is proud to announce the promotion of Lee Dingman to the position of President and Chief Commercial Officer. Lee commenced his new duties on August 1st, leading the commercial team towards business goals and objectives. Lee Dingman has been a fundamental team leader since AVT was established back […]

Testing Testing 1..2..3.. Recreational Drone Flyer Test Coming Soon! Can your business help?

FAA Puma Logo Are you part of the drone or tech industry? The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants your help to administer a recreational flyer knowledge and safety test to the widest audience possible! We have posted a request for information (RFI) where you can submit your suggestions. While the FAA develops the training and test content, we’re seeking your help to […]

DroneUp Awarded First Multi-State UAS Services Contract

DroneUp, LLC, an end-to-end drone pilot service provider for aerial data collection, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Services (RFP# E194-79435) by the Commonwealth of Virginia to provide UAS (drone) services to all state agencies, institutions of higher education, and other public bodies and entities […]

AerdiA streamlining operations with Dronecloud

Prior to introducing Dronecloud™ into the company, AerdiA and their employees were using between three to four different software systems to conduct business from start to finish. By introducing Dronecloud™ not only did the moral of the employees increase tenfold, but the real benefit was to their clients. “Now our clients have a single point […]

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