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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                   Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

UVify Draco

Posted by UVify Media on June 22, 2018 at 1:38pm 5 Comments

UVify is a proud member of Dronecode. Draco is the flagship of the UVify lineup.

Draco is the product of sophisticated engineering crossed with a passion for FPV racing drones.

FPV racing is bred from the grassroots straight out of hobby town. Every aspect has been broken down to the bare basics and distilled into a standardized…


Drone Training and Consulting Program

Posted by Victor Maldonado on June 20, 2018 at 8:00am 2 Comments

Hello Folks, 

I have recently launched a drone training and consulting program; Commercial UAS Developer, and am looking for new clients who need to develop their own custom drones for specific missions, and assistant consultants with significant drone experience and/or B.S. in relevant engineering…


Python library for Ardupilot Plane

Posted by Tiziano Fiorenzani on June 19, 2018 at 7:26am 0 Comments

If you want to connect your companion PC to the latest ArduPlane release, get telemetry data or commanding your custom path planning algorithm, I hope this little library of mine comes in handy.

The class Plane() is basically a wrap around dronekit: it simplifies some variable names and functions and make it easy on SITL to "arm and…


Is it Illegal to Drink and Drone?

Posted by Rachael Murphey on June 18, 2018 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Using a drone, whether as a hobby or business project, seems harmless to most people. The reality is that the…


Precision Landing Solution for Commercial Drones

Posted by Achal Negi on June 18, 2018 at 3:14am 0 Comments

Precision landing is a critical requirement for a large number of commercial drone applications, be

it autonomous routine patrols for security & surveillance, package…


Use speech recognition to control a flight

Posted by Martin Rüedi on June 15, 2018 at 5:30am 6 Comments

In this video I present the voice recognition feature in my GCS/Companion-app-combo FlightZoomer. The feature allows to control the flight of an RC aircraft (or multicopter) using simple voice commands. In order to get an additional safety level against wrongly recognized commands, the engine does read back whatever sentence it understood.…

Continue autonomous drone for industrial plant supervision and inspection.

Posted by Roberto Navoni on June 12, 2018 at 11:37pm 0 Comments

Preview of Archon Sentinel the autonomous system for inspection of industrial plants developed by

The system is equipped with a dronestation capable…


Bearingless Rotor - Update

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on June 12, 2018 at 8:48am 0 Comments

Test Video

I was finally able to perform a test of the new drive test stand.  The previous test stand used a 4-stroke engine and a less rigid test frame.  This test stand consists of a 6.5 HP,…


ZTW Seal 300A Brushless Speed control For RC Boat Test Video

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on June 11, 2018 at 6:04pm 0 Comments

ZTW SEAL Series 300 amp 14s Lipo brushless esc.

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Waterproof design (rates as IP 67) allows this ESC to work in wet…


Seahawk depth sensing drone

Posted by Aero Hawk on June 11, 2018 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

One of our projects is almost near completion. The Seahawk can autonomously fly and capture depth and temperature reading from bodies of water. It was initially developed to measure the depth of cow manure ponds, but it can obviously be used for more than just that. Soon you will be able to find it on our website. Here are some of its features:

- Transducer Sensor

- Depth Range- 1.6-328ft,…



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

Kansas State Polytechnic receives FAA’s first waiver to a university to fly UAS beyond line of sight

kansas SALINA — Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus has received a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly unmanned aircraft systems beyond the line of sight. It’s the first such waiver granted to a university by the FAA. The FAA certificate to Kansas State Polytechnic’s Applied Aviation Research Center waives the rules regarding visual sight […]

Position Partners signed on with Klau Geomatics as exclusive distributor of the KlauPPK product in Australia.

Position Partners, Australia’s largest retailer of positioning and geospatial solutions for surveying, mining and civil construction, have partnered with Klau Geomatics to deliver technical training and support, improving the productivity and efficiency of accurate UAV surveying.  Klau Geomatics, an innovative Australian technology company, produces the world’s most accurate and sophisticated PPK geo-positioning solution, compatible with […]

GA-ASI Guardian Concludes Demonstration Flights

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) today announced that the Guardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) has concluded the first large-scale demonstration flights in Japan. The demonstration flights, which took place from 10 – 23 May were intended to promote the civil and scientific applications of the RPA. “We thank the Mayor of Iki and the […]

AERTEC’s TARSIS RPAS Completes Automated Operations from Sand

AERTEC Solutions has reached a new technological milestone in the RPAS sector in Spain with its unmanned fixed-wing aerial platform TARSIS 75. This RPAS, built in carbon fibre, has made a complete and automatic operation in the Arenosillo area, on the beach of Mazagón (Huelva) , thus expanding its range of capabilities in unconventional operation […]

Soar TGE to generate the world’s first fully decentralised global super-map using drones

Leading Australian geospatial mapping technology company Soar has announced their highly anticipated Token Generation Event (TGE) designed to fund the launch of the world’s first decentralised global platform for the distribution of drone content and maps. The TGE will be facilitated by an international consortium of blockchain advisors including Fidem and Digital Capital Management. The Soar TGE […]

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