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Welcome to the largest community for amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles! 

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 open source copter, plane, rover and VTOL software stack from the Linux Foundation's Dronecode Project
  • ArduCopter, open source multicopter and heli UAV software
  • ArduPlane, open source software for planes of all types
  • ArduRover, open source software for ground-based vehicles

The ultimate solution for remote sensing and IoT monitoring applications, this module can be easily used on unmanned systems for research, meteorological applications, wildfire monitoring systems, and security applications.

 

This Plug and Play module directly connects to the TELEM1/2 port of your Pixhawk system to provide satellite telemetry, easy to set up, and to use with QGC or other ground station software.

 

This system integrates an Iridium 9603 module to transmit telemetry information wherever on the planet.

 

Starts at 699€

For more details: heimdallai@gmail.com

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Grasshopper: LOW COST NDVI CAMERA


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The Grasshopper NDVI is the newest in our line of simple-to-use survey cameras. Every Grasshopper NDVI camera allows the connection to an external USB GPS receiver to automatically geo-tag each captured image. Its 8MP sensor and sharp non-fisheye lens allow you to capture aerial media easily. It captures photos on the default timer trigger or can be sent a PWM signal through the HDMI port (see below). If you supply power to the USB port it will power on the camera automatically. Sized similar to a GoPro® Hero these small survey cameras can be attached to your aerial drone platform using our various mounts.

This Red+NIR (NDVI) model sees Near Infrared 850nm and Red 660nm light. The images from this camera are commonly calibrated into an index image and then a colored lut…

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Drone spraying pesticides has become more and more popular, which is cheaper and more efficient than traditional manual spraying. However, But sowing and fertilizing, most small farmers still work in the traditional way.

One is a complete drone with spraying and spreading functions, such as DJI and XAG. Another is spraying drone, which can be upgraded to an all-round agricultural drone by a detachable spreader. For example, the V2.0 granule spreader is integrated structure and tool-free,easy for pilots to modify and adapt to all open source flight controllers. For pilots or agricultural service teams, the cost of investment and replacement is lower.It can sow rice, wheat, soybean, cotton, etc. evenly and efficiently at 360°, or fertilize.

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With the development of technology, drones are becoming more powerful and easier to assemble and operate. This is conducive to the majority of farmers to…

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INTRODUCING PIXY WE


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Pixy WE is the gimbal tailored for Workswell Wiris Enterprise, making the flawless combination ready to be used for all unmanned vehicles. The gimbal comes with all advanced built-in functions to serve mapping, security, and high-resolution imagery applications.
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Autel EVO II Pro 6k Drones


Autel Robotics EVO II Pro 6K Drone Advanced Rugged Bundle contains drones and accessories in a military-grade hard case for easy transport and gives your gear ultimate protection. The precision-cut foam case stores and protects the EVO II Pro aircraft, 3 spare batteries, (total 4 flight batteries), controller, charging hub, spare props and charger.

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Autel EVO 2 Pro ultra-HD video camera drone featured a 1-inch sensor with 6K video and 20MP photo. Capture stunning detail not previously possible on an aerial platform of this size. An adjustable aperture from f/2.8 - f/11, HDR and intuitive camera controls make this the perfect choice for any aerial cinematographer or mapping pilot.[Autel EVO II Pro V2 drone returns to home automatically without GPS signal at high altitude.]

Autel Robotics EVO II Pro 6k Camera drone

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The ultimate solution for remote sensing and IoT monitoring applications, this module can be easily used on unmanned systems for research, meteorological applications, wildfire monitoring systems, and security applications. This Plug and Play module…
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APM 2.8 is obsolete and now unsupported. Your best move at this point is probably to upgrade to a FC fully supported by
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hexacopter APM 2.8  Can someone help me, I'm assembling a hexacopter with an APM2.8 controller and the motors are inverted on the board when I click on the test motor 1 the motor, 2 and that works I click the motor 3 the motor 6 works only one…
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Site Rules

"Because $10,000 $5,000 $1,000 is too much to pay for an autopilot, especially one that doesn't do exactly what you want."

An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV, colloquially known as a "drone") is basically an aerial robot. As we define it, it is capable of both remotely controlled flight (like a regular RC aircraft) and fully-autonomous flight, controlled by sensors, GPS, and onboard computers performing the functions of an autopilot. Our UAVs include airplanes, helicopters, quadcopters and blimps. Most of them are under five pounds, and some of them (especially the blimps) can be used indoors.

We are focused on non-commercial ("recreational") projects by amateurs, although pros are always welcome too. Reasons to make your own UAV range from a fun technical challenge, student contests, aerial photography and mapping (what we call "GeoCrawling"), and scientific sensing. We are primarily interested in civilian, not military, UAV uses here.

If you're new to all this, start here.

DIY Drones is a community based on the Ning social networking platform, and anybody who registers (it's free and easy) can post their own blog entries like this one on the front page, along with starting discussions in the sidebar at left or uploading videos below that. Your registration gives you the ability to do a lot on the site--so feel free to post anything you think will be of interest to this community!

There are other amateur sites out there, from the discussion forums of RC Groups to individual blogs, but DIY Drones is explicitly built as a social network, which means that the community is as important as the content. We're also focused on the most accessible end of the amateur UAV world, with the aim of potentially including high school students.

This means we emphasize amateur UAV projects that are:

  1. Simple: The aim of this project is to create new amateur UAV platforms, including those that could be used for a FIRST-like contest appropriate for students. While we're at it, we'll make amateur UAV development easier for everyone.
  2. Cheap: The target cost of all of our platforms is less than $1,000. You can buy a very good autopilot system for $10,000, but that's not our approach. Cheaper is better, especially with students and schools.
  3. Safe: We follow the current interpretation of the FAA guidelines on small UAVs. Recreational use (non-commercial), under 400 ft altitude, line of sight, "pilot in the loop" and onboard safety systems that always allow for manual control in the case of malfunction. We're building experimental platforms that demonstrate autonomy and the capacity to do real useful UAV work, but we test them in controlled settings. If you want to fly miles out of sight or map cities, we're going to assume you've got the proper FAA clearance or we don't want to know about it.
  4. Participatory: Share and others will share with you. That means that whenever possible, we open source our code and post it online. Everything on this site is published under a Creative Commons "attribution" license, which means that anyone can use or repost it, as long as they give credit to the original author.
  5. Civil: This is a community site of peers helping each other. Bad behavior, from rudeness to foul language, will be deleted. Generosity and kindness is often rewarded with reciprocal behavior and help.

Here are the full set of Site Policies:
 
  1. Civility is paramount. Treat others with respect, kindness and generosity. Some of our most expert members are people who were once total n00bz but were helped and encouraged by others, and are now repaying the favor with the next generation. Remember the Golden Rule. Don't be a jerk to anyone, be they other members, moderators or the owners. This is not a public park, and you have no constitutionally-mandated right to free speech. If you're creating a hostile or unpleasant environment, you'll be warned, then if it continues you'll be suspended.
  2. No discussion of politics or religion. This is not the place to discuss your views on the wisdom of military use of UAVs, any nation's foreign policy, your feelings about war, or anything else that is inclined to turn into a political debate. It is our experience that the rules for good dinner party conversation--no discussion of politics and religion--apply to online communities, too. DIY Drones aims to bring people together, and we find that discussions of politics and religion tend to polarize and drive people apart. There are plenty of other places to discuss those topics online, just not here.
  3. Ask questions in the discussion forum; inform others in blog posts. Submitted blog posts that are just questions and should have been posted in the discussion forum will not be approved. The moderators may or may not message you with the text so you can repost in the right area. To avoid losing your post, put it in the right place from the start.
  4. Blog posts are for informative topics of broad interest to the community. They must start with a picture or video, so the image appears on the front page on the site and gives a sense of the topic as well as inviting people to click in for more. Videos should be embedded (paste the embed code in the HTML tab, not the Rich Text tab). The post should also include links where appropriate. Don't make people do a Google search for what you're talking about if you can provide a link. 
  5. The Discussion Forum is for questions and tech support. We prefer to do all tech support in public, so that others can follow along. If you have a problem, please describe your particular system setup completely, ideally with a photograph, and pick the right forum tags so that others can find the thread later.
  6. No discussion of military or weaponized applications of UAVs. This site is just about amateur and civilian use.
  7. No discussion of illegal or harmful use of UAVs will be tolerated. Responsible use of UAVs is at the core of our mission. That means conforming with all laws in the United States, where this site is based, and insisting that our members elsewhere follow the laws of their own countries. In addition, we feel that part of our responsibility it to help the relevant authorities understand what's possible with amateur UAVs, so they can make better-informed policies and laws. So we have encouraged all relevant regulators, defense agencies and law enforcement agencies to become members here and even participate to help them do that, and many have. In addition, if we see any discussion of UAV use that we feel is potentially illegal or intended to do harm, we will bring it to the attention to the relevant authorities, and will comply with any legal request they make for information about users (although we don't know much that isn't public; see the next item).
  8. Promote safe flying. Moderators may delete postings that they decide are unsafe or promote unsafe activity. This is a judgement call, since it is also healthy to have public discussion about why certain activities are unsafe, but the decision as to whether to leave a post or edit/delete it is at the moderators' discretion. 
  9. Your privacy is protected, up to a point: This is a social network, so everything you write and post here is public, with certain exceptions: 1) Your private messages are private. Administrators are unable to see them, nor can anyone else other than the recipient. Members must not make private messages public without the explicit permission of everyone involved. 2) Your IP address is private. We are hosted on Ning, which controls the server logs. DIY Drones administrators can only see your username and email address; they cannot see your password and do not have access to your account.
  10. Do not publish personal emails or PMs without permission. This is a violation of expected confidentiality (that's why they're called "personal messages") and is grounds for banning.
  11. Do not type in ALL CAPS. It's considered SHOUTING. Posts in all caps will be deleted by the moderators.
  12. Absolutely no personal attacks. It's fine to disagree, but never okay to criticize another member personally.
  13. Share. Although we are not limited to open source projects, the ones that tend to get the most participation tend to be open source. Don't wait until your code or design is "finished"--post it as it is, and you may find that others will help you finish it faster. The best way to contribute is with your creativity--we love data, code, aircraft designs, photos of UAV projects, videos of flights and build logs. Post early and often!
  14. Keep comments open: Authors of blog posts and discussion threads technically have the option to close their comments or approve them before they appear, but we ask members not to do that. We want to encourage a free flow of conversation and blocking or delaying comments only interferes with that. The Moderators are standing by to ensure the conversation remains on-topic and civil, so please leave your comments open and let them do their job.

my first drone

hexacopter APM 2.8  Can someone help me, I'm assembling a hexacopter with an APM2.8 controller and the motors are inverted on the board when I click on the test motor 1 the motor, 2 and that works I click the motor 3 the motor 6 works only one…

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Suspicous trajectory

Hi,I'm trying a auto mission to fly over a powerline pole.If I approach it from one side it flies correctly, but if I try to fly over from a point that is farther from home point (avoidance_trajectory_2) it starts to fly in straight line to…

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ArduPhantom 2 Vision+

A coworker gave me an old phantom 2 vision+ that wasn't working anymore and I couldn't help myself.  It's made almost entirely from my spare parts bin and I can say it flies well and doesn't look too bad.PixracerMro SAM GPSMro TelemetryLidar Lite…

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