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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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Blog Posts

FlightZoomer 3 is released!

Posted by Martin Rüedi on August 15, 2018 at 12:00pm 5 Comments

Finally, after a long development time, I am happy to announce that FlightZoomer 3 is released!


To celebrate the launch of the FlightZoomer apps, the FlightZoomer 3 Cockpit-app is available at no cost from the Windows 10 Store. Be sure to get the app for free before the price goes up.


For those who don’t know…


F2S Instant Flight Controller, GPS, OSD and RSSI All-In-One

Posted by noeL on August 13, 2018 at 9:37am 0 Comments

This might be interesting for all.. I spent a few weeks with the F2S all-in-1 flight controller, testing on a few planes and I think this is worth sharing.  Status: Unknown and underrated

  • Pros - can be installed and tested under an hour, multiple flight modes and comprehensive OSD
  • Limitations or maybe good - little…


Posted by SHIVANI SALIAN on August 12, 2018 at 9:30pm 0 Comments

When you love drones as well as rovers you would want to have both of them together. Just by adding a set of wheels to my already existing PlutoX drone and with the help of some simple coding, I developed this hybrid drone.

What I wanted to do was to build a prototype that can fly and walk on the ground as well so in short a combination of…


Autonomous UAV Coding Summer School - UWE Bristol Follow Up

Posted by Mike Isted on August 10, 2018 at 2:54am 0 Comments

We recently ran a 2-week UAV build and coding mechatronics Summer School at UWE Bristol for students from the Ecole des Mines d’Ales. Great students and a great venue made for a very successful course and much fun was had by all!

Huge thanks to @UWEBristol and of course the…


Drone Security & Surveillance Operations Made Easy

Posted by Achal Negi on August 10, 2018 at 1:48am 0 Comments

Drones have already been in use in the security and surveillance industry, bringing a significant change in how the operations are carried out. However, most current aerial security and surveillance systems are either tied to a particular drone hardware, or need…


UAV GCS design notes

Posted by Azjeg on August 9, 2018 at 5:31am 4 Comments

It’s probably time to provide some background to my blog posts on various ground control stations we’ve been designing and manufacturing, because our experiences over the years may give some food for thought for fellow UAV/USV developers.

Already in early 2010 it became clear that the multirotor…


Plane 3.9.0 stable released!

Posted by Alexandre Mainardi (Nuvem UAV) on August 6, 2018 at 9:52pm 1 Comment

The ArduPilot development team is delighted to announce a new stable release of plane, version 3.9.0.

For those of you who have been testing the 3.9.0beta releases then you won’t see any surprises here. That are no changes since 3.9.0beta6. Also, many thanks for testing the betas!

For those of…


UAVs electricity inspection work

Posted by Haley Hu on August 6, 2018 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

Today I'd like to share some information of UAVs electricity inspection work. 

To ensure the stable supply of electricity, regular inspection and maintenance of the installations are important and essential. In the past, this kind of inspection work in China are mainly finished by…


1080P 10X Night Vision Zoom Camera For DJI M200,fully compatible

Posted by yangdaonline on August 6, 2018 at 12:55am 0 Comments

Sky Eye-10NLT is one 1080P 10X night vision zoom camera specially designed for DJI Matrice 200. This gimbal is developed based on DJI Skyport, which means it is seamlessly compatible with Matrice 200 drone: all gimbal functions can be controlled through DJI GO APP and controller, like Yaw/Pitch, zoom,…


Play Table Tennis using a drone

Posted by SHIVANI SALIAN on August 4, 2018 at 5:30am 2 Comments

Learning becomes easier when we add a little bit of fun to it. Here using the idea of obstacle detection, rather than just implementing simple obstacle avoidance in the drones path, I thought of playing a game with it.

To understand basic ideas of IR sensors and detection, I thought of building a game based on this using a drone. In this…



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

Verity Studios® Drones Dance With Drake in Songs Elevate and Look Alive

ZURICH – Verity Studios AG, the global leader in indoor drone technology, announced today that swarms of Lucie micro drones are performing with Drake in his 2018 Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour. Grammy award-winning Canadian artist Drake is one of the best-selling rappers of the 21st century. Performing to audiences of more than 50,000 […]

Intel Announces New Industry Standards & Demos Drone Pilot Program w/ FAA + DOT

Intel is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other industry participants to foster innovation and to shape the global standards and practices for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), with safety being the first priority. Intel’s assistance builds on the company’s foundational work last year with the Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) trials conducted by NASA […]

Successful test flight for the FT-100FH

FT SISTEMAS has successfully advanced in the Flight Testing campaign of its new design the FT-100FH Rotorcraft. The company is about to conclude the Visual-Line-of-Sight flight testing necessary to go further in the development, getting RBAC-E94 Beyond-Line-of-Sight flight authorization by ANAC, the Brazilian civil aviation authority. “For a program of this complexity, the successful completion […]

Flock’s Engineering Culture

At Flock we strive to provide the best possible service for our customers, by iterating our cutting edge technologies and processes. Being an engineer at Flock means embracing innovation, rigour, personal responsibility, and collaboration. We lay out some of Flock’s core engineering values and processes. We are sharing these publicly because we are proud of them, and […]

BirdsiVideo Partners with Aviation Attorney Imogen Mann for U.K. Expansion

Aviation Expert Will Spearhead Marketing Program for Drone Services in U.K. (Aug 15, 2018) INDIANAPOLIS. BirdsiVideo ( has signed a marketing agreement with Imogen Mann to grow the BirdsiVideo brand in the U.K. Ms. Mann is a British lawyer, former airline business development executive, licensed private pilot and agricultural expert with more than 20 years’ […]

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