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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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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…

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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 teamprometheus.org for the project.

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

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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:…

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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,…

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AEROMAPPERS ACHIEVE COMPLIANT UAV STATUS with TRANSPORT CANADA

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…

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Drone Charter on Equal Opportunity and Inclusion

Posted by Patrick Meier on June 6, 2019 at 5:54am 0 Comments

Local drone experts, entrepreneurs and engineers from 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania have signed this Charter on Equal Opportunity &…

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White Paper on Warehouse Transformation using Autonomous Drones

Posted by Utsav Chopra on June 5, 2019 at 5:30am 1 Comment

We had recently released a white paper highlighting the role of autonomous drones in the digital transformation of warehouses. Driven by safety, cost and revenue benefits, warehouses across the world are adopting technologies such as Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Unmanned Aerial…

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UAV news from sUAS News

Drone companies flock to test center in Denmark

Next week, drone companies from around the world are heading to Denmark to leverage the country’s unique drone test facilities. Why? It’s one of the few places in the world where drone companies can perform BVLOS flights in urban, rural and coastal areas. And thanks to a special setup with fixed daily flight times, companies […]

SkyGuardian Surpasses 100 Test Flights

The MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) – designed and developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) – has now flown more than 100 test flights as development continues towards its first delivery to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as part of the Protector RG Mk1 programme. Since making its first flight in November […]

I2C Makes Situational Awareness More Affordable Using Automation & UX-Based Design

The new Integrated Intelligence Center (I2C) from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) presents innovative ways to improve the user experience for operators of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) using automation and user experience-based design (UX). “I2C will rapidly transform data into actionable intelligence,” said David R. Alexander, president, GA-ASI. “We see benefits to the warfighter on […]

Eramet signs a framework agreement with Delair to accelerate its digital transformation with smart, connected mines

Delair’s drones and data analytics platform will allow Eramet to develop digital twins of its mining sites and accelerate the digitalization of its operational centres to provide Cloud and artificial intelligence services. Eramet, a global mining and metallurgy group, and Delair, a global provider of end-to-end, drone-based solutions for enterprises, have signed a framework agreement […]

SKELDAR R-350 flight crews pass certification in Switzerland with leading UAV training organisation RUSTA

UMS SKELDAR, the world-leader in pioneering maritime unmanned helicopters, has completed CAA-approved certification of flight crew in Switzerland, ahead of training roll-out with Swedish flight ops as company expands across global markets Europe’s leading provider of Rotary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) platforms, UMS SKELDAR, has teamed up with UK CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)-approved specialist UAV […]

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