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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 

Blog Posts

DJI XT2 VS IR Laser Night Vision Camera

Posted by yangdaonline on April 25, 2018 at 3:30am 0 Comments

DJI Zenmuse Z30 optical zoom camera, which was launched 2 years ago, has been widely used in security, inspection, and rescue applications. To fill the blank of thermal camera market, Dji joint with Flir, released Zenmuse XT2, EO/IR duo sensor camera. Through accurate perception of temperature, XT2 can inspect the grid of power line, construction cracks, oil leakage, or search people who got trapped in fire.…


New UAV design to advance commercial applications

Posted by Nik on April 24, 2018 at 10:30am 2 Comments

Hello DIY Drones, 

We've spent the past two years developing a new UAV design to advance commercial applications. In a …

Drone Show. Presentation "EcoBall" for Sibur & Wilson

Posted by Tsuru Robotics on April 23, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments

It’s hard to combine drones and sports, unless, you’re thinking about shooting at drones as a target practice…

We, however, found another way – we created and staged a fully automatic drone performance, the drones pretended to be…… basketballs! The show, designed in association with the Interactive Lab and “PitCH Group,” was held during VTB United League All-Star Game in Saint Petersburg. For the first time in Russia, a 12-drone-choreography (exactly the…


First Flight: Intel Realsense D435 on Jetson TX2 UAV

Posted by Mike Isted on April 22, 2018 at 10:40am 5 Comments

I have just posted the latest in a series of posts outlining a further step in the evolution of the GroundHog hexacopter into a multi-role UAV.  It is based on a Pixhawk flight controller with a Jetson TX2 companion computer.  It has now been fitted with an Intel RealSense D435 depthcam and this weekend…


Battery-Free HD Video Streaming

Posted by Greg Dronsky on April 20, 2018 at 8:42am 0 Comments

What is Battery-Free HD Video Streaming?

Video streaming has traditionally been considered an extremely power-hungry operation. Existing approaches optimize the camera and communication modules individually to minimize their power consumption. However, designing a video streaming device requires…


Test results on indoor positioning technologies

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 18, 2018 at 2:00pm 3 Comments

Very interesting results from the Microsoft indoor localization competition. Basically my two favorite…


New Primer on Drones in Construction

Posted by Colin Snow on April 18, 2018 at 11:46am 1 Comment

We just released the Quick Start Guide to Drones in Construction. This report is the first in a new series of free white papers, intended to provide a complete…


New! Online Training on Humanitarian Drone Missions

Posted by Patrick Meier on April 18, 2018 at 7:01am 0 Comments

We're pleased to announce the launch of the WeRobotics Online Training Institute and our first course on Drones in Humanitarian Action. We'd be very grateful for your help in forwarding this new opportunity to your contacts. …


China Telecom joins Huawei to complete flight test of 5G UAV

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on April 17, 2018 at 6:35pm 0 Comments

China Telecom joins Huawei to complete flight test of 5G UAV Recently, China Telecom and Huawei companies in Shenzhen to complete the 5G unmanned aerial vehicle test and patrol business demonstration. This is the first in China based on End-to-end 5G network of professional unmanned aerial vehicle test…


Agricultural Drones

Posted by ZTW Brushless ESC on April 17, 2018 at 1:50am 0 Comments

"Flying go, positions, 1, 2, 3 ... Off!

"Along with the Municipal Agricultural Bureau Total agronomists tianchong command, 30 plant protection unmanned aerial vehicle instantaneous from the ground, the blue sky white clouds, a frame unmanned aerial vehicle hover in the green wheat field…



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

New Joint Effort Boosts Drone Standards for Public Safety Officials

Two of the world’s leading safety-standards developers are joining forces to help the growing number of public safety professionals who want to use drones – also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – to help protect and save lives. Today, the National Fire Protection Association and ASTM International signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support […]

Dedrone to Test its Technology Protecting Military Installations from Adversarial Drones

Drone Detection Technology Company Provides Department of Defense with Data on Airspace Risks Dedrone, the market and technology leader in airspace security, announced today a partnership with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx), a United States Department of Defense (DoD) organization focused on accelerating commercial technologies to the U.S. military. DIUx and DoD are experimenting with […]

Sentera Partners with The Climate Corporation to Enhance Agronomic Insights

Climate FieldView™ customers can now enjoy seamless integration of Sentera FieldAgent on-field sensor and analytics products with FieldView, as well as automatic synchronization of field boundary and other user information between platforms. The partnership between Sentera and The Climate Corporation will help growers and trusted advisors incorporate Sentera’s accurate real-time on-field data into their decision process. […]

ARA Robotics unveil SKYMATE

ARA Robotics, a Canadian UAV technology leader, is proud to unveil SKYMATEtm SKYMATEtm is a revolutionary commercial flight controller built for multirotor UAV configurations, dedicated to industrial applications such as 2D/3D aerial inspection and mapping. With many years of flight validation in harsh Canadian weather, ARA Robotics has proven its product’s reliability across multiple recognized companies, including […]

Schiebel and Airbus helicopters achieve historic manned unmanned teaming

In a groundbreaking demonstration on 17 April 2018, Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS) and Airbus Helicopters’ manned H145 successfully completed a series of Manned Unmanned Teaming (MUM-T) flights. Level 5 interoperability was achieved by providing the user onboard the manned aircraft with full command and control over the UAS and its payload, including […]

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