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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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NXP is giving away 100 PX4-based development copters for its firefighting competition

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 23, 2019 at 1:55pm 1 Comment

This is pretty cool. NXP is giving away 100 of its new Dronecode/PX4-based ready-to-fly drone development platform to people entering its "help fight fires with drones" competition with 

Apply here…


PX4/Dronecode Developer Conference full house today in Zurich

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 20, 2019 at 8:55am 0 Comments

More than 200 attendees at our first PX4 developer summit in Zurich!

Nearly 600 developers are now contributing to the project…


PX4-based tailsitter VTOL

Posted by Chris Anderson on June 19, 2019 at 1:52pm 0 Comments

From Hackster:

"Engineers at the University of Toronto have designed a fully open sourced dual-rotor tail-sitter MAV using readily available electronics and…


Unusual Solvers Competition on Drones/AI: Over $200K in prizes

Posted by Patrick Meier on June 19, 2019 at 2:26am 2 Comments

Dear All,
We've just launched an international competition in partnership with the Omidyar Network and would very much value your kind help in sharing this new opportunity far…

Amazon's New Prime Air Drone Features a Weird Tailsitter Design

Posted by Greg Dronsky on June 17, 2019 at 11:13am 0 Comments

Amazon is finally starting to address some of the actual challenges with drone delivery, making us slightly less skeptical

Amazon has been working away at its Prime Air urban and suburban drone delivery for years. Many years. It’s been at least half a…


Open Source Chevy Volt Project

Posted by Monroe King on June 14, 2019 at 10:00pm 4 Comments

Well guys it's been a while! I own a Chevy Volt now and I just cant wait to fiddle with it! LOL so I started a Group on Facebook for the project and I'll be adding a website and forum at for the project.

After starting the group one of the new member's Matt Davis Pointed this out.…


XAG Launched New Generation Agricultural IoT System to Build Traceability and Further Ensure Food Safety

Posted by viya on June 10, 2019 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

December 2018, GUANGZHOU China – XAG’s Research and Development Center in Guangzhou officially released the "XAG Agricultural IoT System”. The XAG Agricultural IoT System is composed of a series of farmland IoT devices and application software. This release of the XIoT kit includes:…


A comparison of VTOL mapping drones

Posted by Maarten Zwarts on June 7, 2019 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

For some time now, VTOL drones have entered the field of aerial mapping. These Vertical Takeoff and Landing drones offer the flexibility and ease of use of a multirotor combined with the range and stability of a fixed wing UAV.

At The Fieldwork Company we have been using both fixed wing and multirotor drones for aerial surveys for many years,…



Posted by Mauricio on June 7, 2019 at 8:42am 2 Comments

Aeromao from Canada is pleased to announce that the Aeromappers line of commercial grade drones have been added to the list of compliant UAV systems of Transport Canada. This distinction allows Canadian organizations using…



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

Zala Lancet loitering munition

Kalashnikov is presenting a new precision UAV weapon system “ZALA LANCET” at the international forum “Army 2019”. Testing of this UAV system is already completed. “ZALA LANCET” is a smart multipurpose weapon, capable of autonomously finding and hitting a target. The weapon system consists of a precision strike component, reconnaissance, navigation and communications modules. It […]

Altitude Angel partners with the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) on Swiss U-Space implementation (SUSI) platform

Altitude Angel, the world’s foremost unmanned traffic management (UTM) provider, is to join the Swiss civil aviation authority (FOCA) development programme to establish a U-Space regulatory framework. FOCA established the Swiss U-Space Implementation (SUSI) platform and invited businesses from across the globe to help advance its understanding and regulatory model around the integration of unmanned […]

Altitude Angel named Best Pitch at NVIDIA GPU Ventures ‘Scaling AI Startups’ Panel

London, UK; Altitude Angel, the world’s foremost UTM (unmanned traffic management) technology provider, was awarded the honour of being named ‘best pitch’ at the NVIDIA GPU Ventures AI Startup Panel which took place last week at the Silicon Valley Bank Auditorium in central London. The event hosted by NVIDIA with the support of Silicon Valley Bank […]

The Business Model for UAS – Geosyntec Consultants

Leveraging UAS technology across surveying and engineering sectors is demanding. The expectations of accuracy and accountability require the best in expertise, methodology, and equipment. Using the latest UAS photogrammetric hardware and software, surveyors are now capturing 10s of millions of survey measurements on the ground, where they would previously have measured only hundreds. It is […]

DJI Sets The Record Straight On Incorrect Speculation Presented During U.S. Senate Hearing

n Letter To Senate Subcommittee, DJI Outlines Its Best-In-Class Data Protection Practices And Safeguards  June 24, 2019 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Security to set the record straight on incorrect claims presented during a […]

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