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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
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  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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uAvionix, ProfiCNC, and HEX announce ADS-B IN capability for The Cube Autopilot

Posted by Gary Mortimer on April 18, 2019 at 10:20am 1 Comment

uAvionix, designer and manufacturer of communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) equipment for unmanned and manned aircraft today announced a partnership with CubePilot (ProfiCNC and Hex) designer and manufacturer of the world…


FW-250 Fixed Wing VTOL Plane With 2 Hours Endurance

Posted by yangdaonline on April 10, 2019 at 8:50pm 5 Comments

YANGDA FW-250 is a reliable and affordable VTOL fixed-wing plane designed for long-range inspection, survey, aerial photography, agriculture, search and rescue and public safety applications. As a fixed-wing UAV with…


Delta Manipulander - Adaptive Landing and 3DOF-Manipulation in One System

Posted by Mortz Arns on April 7, 2019 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

A hybrid drone attachment which can pick up, transport, and manipulate objects as well as adaptive land on uneven terrain.

Key advantages

Manipulation Mode:

- Delta-robot like 3DOF manipulation

- Precise and fast manipulation

- Low moving masses, less disturbance of rotorcraft flight…


DIY Drones now at 90,000 members!

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 6, 2019 at 6:17pm 4 Comments

It's customary and traditional that we celebrate the addition of every 1,000 new members here and share the traffic stats. We've now passed 90,000 members!

A few observations on this milestone:

  • It took 12 years to get to 90k members. It's a marathon, not a sprint
  • Although this is a zero-person operation (it runs itself,…

New: Online course on Cargo Drones in Public Health

Posted by Patrick Meier on April 3, 2019 at 3:45am 3 Comments

Dear All,

We're pleased to announce the upcoming launch of our newest online course, which several colleagues at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) have already…


Open Source Drone for Aerial Sowing after Wildfires

Posted by lot on April 2, 2019 at 8:00am 1 Comment

As you probably know, the increasing temperatures as created a generation of wild fires that are destroying the forests of California, Chile, Spain, Asia, and other different dry areas of the world.

With this problem in mind we have created this hexacopter to perform Automatic Aerial Restorations. We used digital fabrication…


The problem with airspeed sensors

Posted by sander on April 2, 2019 at 5:30am 24 Comments

Airspeed sensors have been a major concern for both manned, and unmanned aviation alike. Yet almost every fixed wing or VTOL vehicle is dependent on it. So what is wrong with these sensors and why are they used?

How an airspeed sensor should work

A standard airspeed sensors consists of a pitot tube, a temperature sensor and 2 pressure sensors. The pitot tube has 2 ports (holes), one at the tip (like an injection needle) which is called the dynamic port, and…


Long flying time drone: 61 minutes with 2KG payload

Posted by yangdaonline on March 28, 2019 at 1:13am 4 Comments

YD6-1600L hexacopter frame is a multifunctional heavy-lift flight platform. Its…


3" Arducopter PID tuning

Posted by Hugues on March 23, 2019 at 11:31am 1 Comment

Maiden flight and PID tuning of a 3" microquad (Arducopter)


Sensors for Attitude Estimation

Posted by Matthew Silic on March 22, 2019 at 5:57pm 8 Comments

Hello UAV enthusiasts,

I recently created a slide deck on the topic of sensors for attitude estimation (i.e. gyroscopes, accelerometers and magnetometers). In these slides, I review

  1. Installation considerations,
  2. Stochastic models,
  3. Bias characterization,
  4. Sensor calibration, and
  5. Conceptual models.

The methods and concepts contained in these slides have been "battle tested''. That is, these are the methods and concepts I used…



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

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MAG Aerospace UAS/UAV Operator – OCONUS FSR – (UASUAVOP1)

MAG Aerospace is seeking an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Operator for the Aerosonde platform.  In this position, you will be responsible for safe aircraft operation which includes but is not limited to maintaining diligent lookout and listening doctrine with available sensors, radios, and other ground control station equipment; following air traffic control clearances; maintaining safe […]

uAvionix, ProfiCNC, and HEX announce ADS-B IN capability for The Cube Autopilot

uAvionix, designer and manufacturer of communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) equipment for unmanned and manned aircraft today announced a partnership with CubePilot (ProfiCNC and Hex) designer and manufacturer of the world leading “The Cube” autopilot (Formerly known as “Pixhawk”) for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – to integrate ADS-B IN receive capability into its Carrier Board. The new […]

MMC has become the largest supplier of State Grid and Second Largest Provider for China Southern Power Grid with their inspection UAS

China Southern Power Grid Guangdong (CSG) launched a large-scale unmanned aerial vehicle system on Aug and Nov , 2018.  MMC underwent rigorous screening and emerged from many drone manufacturers. It won the bidding for trainer unmanned aircraft, high-precision positioning dual-light drone, night vision drone and multi-rotor lidar drone. MMC officially become the UAV  supplier of […]

FLIR Announces Thermal Studio for Drone Pros

FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) today introduced FLIR Thermal Studio, thermal image analysis and reporting software designed to manage large sets of thermal images and videos. Engineered for thermographers who use FLIR thermal handheld cameras, optical gas imaging (OGI) cameras, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) with thermal cameras, FLIR Thermal Studio’s advanced processing capabilities and […]

Drone Workforce Solutions (DWS) Announces Launch of Global Drone Pilot Portal

Drone Workforce Solutions, LLC (DWS) announces the launch of a one-of-a-kind digital database that connects certified drone pilots with corporate,business and government partners around the world. The Drone Workforce Solutions Pilot Portal will offer potential clients access to the most experienced and talented pool of drone operators the industry has to offer. Under Drone Workforce […]

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