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UAV mapping throughout the Great Wall

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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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Pi-Connect on Indiegogo

Posted by Stephen Dade on September 13, 2019 at 12:30am 0 Comments

After 6 months of research, development and testing, I've launched the Pi-Connect on Indiegogo. The Pi-Connect is an addon board (HAT) for the Raspberry Pi that provides easy and reliable integration with autonomous vehicles.

It provides:

  • 5.1V / 3.5A power supply
  • JSH-GH telemetry port for connection to a flight…

An easy way to use ArcticDEM data in UgCS

Posted by Alexey Dobrovolskiy on September 12, 2019 at 2:00pm 6 Comments

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I would like to say a big thanks again to ArcticDEM project ( Using their elevation data it is possible to fly drones…


37% Pre-order discount on Double frequency, multi-GNSS RTK wing drone - Dronee CORNETTE

Posted by Maksim P on September 11, 2019 at 9:00am 0 Comments

We’re super excited to announce a few amazing improvements to our ever popular Dronee Plane wing mapping drone. Our second generation Dronee CORNETTE comes with two new versions ( RTK/PPK and ACCURATE) now offer the very best accuracy.

To ensure that our RTK/PPK version provides the best possible GPS…


DIY Portable IOS/QGC ground station

Posted by David Eagle on September 6, 2019 at 10:30am 0 Comments

This document describes the design, construction and operation of a portable ground station that

can be used to implement QGroundControl (QGC) on an IOS device. The cost of this ground

station, excluding the IOS device, is reasonable and construction is straight-forward.

This portable ground station consists of the following…


China Drone Attack on Crop-Eating ‘Monster’ Shows 98% Kill Rate

Posted by viya on September 5, 2019 at 7:21pm 0 Comments

By Bloomberg

By Bloomberg

An army of drones deployed to fight a crop-devouring pest in a southern area of China has recorded a mortality rate of as high as 98%, according to the manufacturer.

XAG, a Guangzhou-based drone maker, teamed up with Germany’s Bayer Crop Science in a drone swarm operation to…


Sputnik GIS free by Geoscan

Posted by Shevelev Ilya on September 3, 2019 at 3:36am 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce a free version of Sputnik GIS software. Sputnik GIS is a professional drone surveying software for engineers, surveyors and urban planners: …


Landmark set to take off with drones

Posted by viya on August 27, 2019 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Jonathon Smith (left), Stratus Imaging, chats with Farmanco consultant Andrew Smith at last week's TECHSPO about the AeroShield drone spraying service using the XAG P30 drones

THE next step in drone…


Crowfunding Update, Four Years Later

Posted by Charles Blouin on August 27, 2019 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Four years ago, Chris Anderson posted a list of delayed Kickstarter campaigns. I was intrigued by this list and came back to it a few times over the years. 2014 and 2015 was the peak of the drone hype.

Unsurprisingly, most crowdfunding campaigns were late. Surprisingly, however, most (10 out…


Drones to one day swarm WA crops: innovator

Posted by viya on August 26, 2019 at 10:55pm 0 Comments

Stratus Imaging operations manager and chief pilot Andrew Dedman with a Xaircraft drone at TECHSPO

Flying up to five drones at once above broadacre farms could be an eye in the sky for the State’s grain growers to manage crops, according to Stratus Imaging chief pilot Andrew Dedman.

Speaking from the…



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

Recurrent Remote Pilot Certificate Part 107 numbers down 73%

Everyone included in the 54,978 as of 9/1/17 (besides the Part 61 wildcard, aka data collection shortcoming) would have needed to take the recurrent knowledge test to be current. As of 9/9/19, only 14,219 RPC holders have taken the test, so 40,759 are not legally in a position to operate sUAS for commercial purposes. Down […]

Dedrone Statement on Saudi Aramco Drone Attacks

Saudi Aramco continues to respond to drone attacks to their facilities. In May 2019, a drone attack occurred on the country’s main cross-country oil pipeline. As a precautionary measure, the organization, temporarily shut down the pipeline and contained the fire which caused minor damage to a pump station. However, the issue of unauthorized drones in their airspace persisted and escalated. […]

Elistair integrates unmanned ad-hoc networking from Silvus into its tethered UAV platform

Elistair and Silvus technologies united their expertise to provide mobile-networked multiple inputs and multiple-output (MN-MIMO) networking by embedding a Silvus Streamcaster 4200 MIMO radio into an Elistair ORION tethered UAS. The tethered UAS provides ad-hoc networking for the battlefield, to enhance situational awareness and facilitate communications and surveillance missions. With the integration of Silvus MANET […]

Chinese Agri-tech Giant XAG Defended 20-million-hectare Farmlands with Crop Spraying Drones

XAG announces that its Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) crop protection services have covered accumulated farmland of 20 million hectares, amid a large-scale cotton defoliation operation in Xinjiang, China. Among the first to introduce fully autonomous drones to transform the way crops are grown, XAG has become one of the world’s largest agriculture drone manufacturers and service […]

HAPSMobile Successfully Completes First HAWK30 Solar HAPS Test Flight at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center

TOKYO—HAPSMobile Inc. (“HAPSMobile”), a subsidiary of SoftBank Corp. (TOKYO:9434) and minority-owned by AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), today announced its successful completion of the first HAWK30 solar-powered high-altitude platform system (HAPS) test flight on September 11, 2019 (PT) at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in California. HAWK30 is designed to serve as a stratospheric […]

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