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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

Coming soon - New "mRo Location One" a CAN GPS sensor.

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on January 16, 2020 at 4:32pm 1 Comment

At mRobotics our commitment continues with the DIY community. From San Diego California we design and manufacture the necessary hardware to build platforms and solutions based on Ardupilot and…


Ellipso - new domestic robot drone from FRACH robotics

Posted by Damian on January 15, 2020 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

Dear All

We are introducing Ellipso, a new domestic robot drone from FRACH robotics and we would like to hear your feedback!

Ellipso is an autonomous intelligent home robot drone, which is always online, listening to you and ready to execute your requests or just connect you with your loved ones. The robot drone implements…


PL8: Returning a flying wing from a High Altitude Balloon - first autonomous glide tests

Posted by Tarik Agcayazi on January 8, 2020 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

So, I started this project 2 years ago. Not cutting my hair until i finish it.

The High Altitude Balloon Return project aims to return a flying wing autonomously from a 100,000 feet. There's a lot of challenges associated with this. I tried to make my own flight…


Upgrading this site to Ning 3.0 (beta testers needed!)

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2020 at 6:38pm 1 Comment

Hey, all 91,000 of you! After way too many years of an old-skool design here based on the original Ning network template of 2007, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade to the more modern Ning 3.0 service. It should be much more usable on mobile, big screens and otherwise the responsive, social-friendly platform you'd expect today.  It's also an…


Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft

Posted by Patrick McKay on December 30, 2019 at 1:16pm 9 Comments

I want to clear up a myth about the FAA's proposed remote ID rules that I've been seeing floating around. People think that amateur home-built model aircraft will be largely unaffected by this, since they can just fly at AMA fields. Or people think that to build and fly…


Route Eagle 2380mm VTOL Long Range Airplane

Posted by Ellen Zhu on December 30, 2019 at 5:30am 3 Comments

Route Eagle 2380mm VTOL Long Range Airplane

My friend install electronic parts for this VTOL long range airplane. You could see coating full set of this airplane as below"

From different angle of this…


A drone to reforest Brazil

Posted by lot on December 26, 2019 at 3:30am 1 Comment

We spend the last month in Brazil in the University of Rondonopolis to build a drone for large scale restoration.

This is the video of the construction process. It can sow up to 10 kg of coated seeds in 10 minutes in 1 hectare.

Dronecoria was invited by the…


flying pancake intro and progress

Posted by crystal garris on December 19, 2019 at 5:00pm 2 Comments

I am really happy with the way it hovers, now to add some elevons to help stabilize high speed forward flight…


Adaptation of a ArduPilot Rover to an autonomous DonkeyCar

Posted by andre van calster on December 19, 2019 at 11:01am 4 Comments

This video illustrates the adaptation of a ArduPilot Rover to the Artificial Intelligence DonkeyCar environment. This includes the adding-editing of 5 files of the DonkeyCar library. A linear AI model trained by behavioral cloning resulted in a satisfactory autonomous test drive.



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

DroneBase Now Integrates Into the Esri ArcGIS Platform

Jose Giraldo We’re excited to announce that Esri customers will now be able to request drone flights from DroneBase through our integration with Esri’s mapping and analytics platform, ArcGIS. This marks the first time that Esri users will be able to order a drone flight directly within the platform. By selecting DroneBase, Esri users can […]

Terra Drone group company KazUAV supports the World Bank’s school infrastructure risk assessment initiative in Kyrgyzstan

KazUAV is leveraging 3D mapping drones to help the World Bank create a highly-detailed database of educational infrastructure facilities in Kyrgyzstan Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan – January 17, 2020 – KazUAV, a group company of Japan-based Terra Drone Corporation, has been supporting the World Bank in its initiative to build sustainable school infrastructure in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. As […]

Total UK Drone Operators Registered 2019

The King of the Freedom Of Information Act strikes again! This time Ian Hudson asked the UK CAA how many folks registered drones in December 2019. In particular how many were added to the list after being left under the Christmas tree. In November, the start of the scheme 60,300 drone operators registered and they […]

FlytBase and Mayan Robotics Partner to Deliver Enterprise Drone Automation

FlytBase, Inc. and Mayan Robotics, LLC have announced a partnership to support enterprises on the development of fully autonomous, cost-effective drone automation solutions that leverage open source technologies. As their drone operations move from manual to fully autonomous, businesses are looking for reliable, cost-effective, scalable hardware and software components that can seamlessly integrate into enterprise-grade […]

Toyota help Joby Aviation Raise $590 Million in Series C Financing

Toyota Motor Corporation Leads the Investment Round with $394 Million Investment Santa Cruz, CA, January 15, 2020– Joby Aviation, a pioneer in the development of an electric air taxi, has raised $590 million in Series C funding led by Toyota Motor Corporation. Prior investors, including SPARX Group, Intel Capital, Capricorn Investment Group, JetBlue Technology Ventures, […]

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