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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

Customizable open source smart charger (2-12s) : BatCha

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We built BatMon for making smart batteries. BatMon can now talk with Ardupilot, Pixhawk, and ROS and enables safe and robust operation of robot using smart batteries. But there is a missing piece, a smart charger that can safely charge batteries with a peace of mind for customers.

So, we are building exactly that, and a lot more, to future proof your workflow as they scale. Below is a sneak peek of the most foolproof futureproof smart charger we know of: BatCha

BatCha…

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 Arrows Hobby Marlin 64mm EDF PNP  RC Airplane

The Arrows Marlin 64mm EDF is an ALL NEW design with the beginner to intermediate pilot in mind. This plane has a more robust fixed landing gear than most, to handle bumpy landings. More importantly it is the only plane in its class to have flaps to shorten takeoff, and to make approaches and landings more like those of a high wing trainer. The 3150kV motor combined with a 40 Amp ESC, and a powerful 64mm 11 blade EDF, ensure plenty of power for takeoff and maneuvers. The fan sounds like a real turbine.

This plane basically has eight screws and some servo connections to complete assembly. No glue is necessary, and because we use 8 servos we are not running a lot of control rods around. Even the nose wheel has it's own servo. Flap and aileron connections are made with ball linkages, for greater strength at higher speeds. A latch type canopy…

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Rpanion-server 0.7 Released

8183230679?profile=RESIZE_710x Rpanion-server 0.7 has been released!

Rpanion-Server is an Open-Source software package for a managing the companion computer (such as the Raspberry Pi) connected to an ArduPilot or PX4 flight controller. It will run on most Linux-based systems.

Rpanion-Server consists of a network manager, MAVLink telemetry routing, flight logging and a low latency video streaming server. All can be managed via a web-based user interface.

Documentation and pre-built disk images for the Raspberry Pi are available at https://www.docs.rpanion.com/software/rpanion-server. Source code is at https://github.com/stephendade/Rpanion-server

New in 0.7 is:

  • Support MJPEG cameras for video streaming
  • Added button to disable all Wi-Fi…
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Mavlink3DMap

Mavlink3DMap is a semi-simulator that communicates with Ardupilot SITL vid  UDP and websockets to plot vehicles location and attitudein a 3D environment. It uses HTML, javascript and some 3D and physics libraries to work. The world semi is used because this tool can integrate with any Ardupilot SITL  regardless of its engine, and read vehicles location and plot it in a 3D environment. So all physics and logic computation are performed by SITL. However, one can add 3D objects and some physics using moderate developing effort. The tool can also track multiple drones given each drone has its own SYSID_THISMAV

 

Below is the famouse flying field in Australia where SITL flies there by default. As we can see the map is displayed in 3D, and from multiple views. A camera is attached to drone and can be controlled via buttons. Another camera is following the drone.…

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To simulate the practical applications of Sky Fury VTOL, such as mapping, search, rescue, or surveillance. YANGDA made one testing and recorded the whole flight.

Test records:
* Battery: 2x Tattu 25000mAh 6S1P lipo batteries
* Payload: 1.2KG iron block
* Weather: Cloudy to light raining
* Flight mode: Auto at 300m radius
* Voltage when take-off: 52v
* Voltage when landed: 44. 1v
* Flight time: 202minutes…
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The threat from physical intrusion still remains one of the top concerns in both commercial and non-commercial contexts. According to a report from Markets and Markets, the video surveillance market, which includes both hardware and software, is presently at USD 45.5 billion and expected to reach USD 74.6 billion by 2025.

Over the years, there have been many advancements in optics and detection systems but limitations still exist in the conventional ways of using them. To overcome these limitations, security stakeholders are now incorporating drone technology in their operations.

In this blog, we will talk about drones and the FlytNow solution for perimeter security.

What is perimeter security?

automated perimeter security

Perimeter security is an active barrier or…

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Hello friends, I'm based in Africa but needs a coinventor or Angel investor based in USA or Canada who would endorse an NDA with me so that we can fast track 3D CAD, 3D computer simulation, manufacturing/funding and patent of a new concept of hybrid…
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Recently, I found some more popular modules to replace the module, test one, replace BM77, BM78.Feel from the function and sense of use, after sale, this model is betterhttps://www.feasycom.com/product-Small-Size-Bluetooth-Dual-Mode-Module.html
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Due to the serious shortage of HC05 modules, we need to replace the modules urgently.I bought one from the market and I'm testing it now. Has anyone used it?How about this…
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Recently, Feasycom engineer update the bluetooth beacon FSC-BP104 hardware. The beacon work range reach 500M.There is some information about the FSC-BP104 beacon:1>In open area, 500M Work Range for iOS Devices and 400M Work Range for Android…
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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.

Is Cross Continental CoInventor Collaboration to Jointly Develop an Hybrid Drone Possible?

Hello friends, I'm based in Africa but needs a coinventor or Angel investor based in USA or Canada who would endorse an NDA with me so that we can fast track 3D CAD, 3D computer simulation, manufacturing/funding and patent of a new concept of hybrid aircraft with stable flight which can be made as toys first and later as big transport vehicles! This new concept has possible variants! Now awaiting your advice, links & contact with genuine honest interested people! Interested guys must have the…

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BM77,BM78 replacement module

Recently, I found some more popular modules to replace the module, test one, replace BM77, BM78.Feel from the function and sense of use, after sale, this model is betterhttps://www.feasycom.com/product-Small-Size-Bluetooth-Dual-Mode-Module.html

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Hc05 replacement module

Due to the serious shortage of HC05 modules, we need to replace the modules urgently.I bought one from the market and I'm testing it now. Has anyone used it?How about this one?https://www.feasycom.com/product-hc05-bluetooth-module-dual-mode-bluetooth-module.html

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Ardurover

Hi,new to the cube and have built a rover however I can only upload a mission but can't seem to get the Rover to move any help would be appreciated.

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Throttle increases to about 10 percent (Not Throttle up) - doesn't increase the speed of the motors (video attached )

Throttle increases to about 10 percent - doesn't increase the speed of the motorsThrottle increases to about 10 percent. And then just going up doesn't increase the speed of the motors. ESC calibrated, Reggio calibrated. PIxhawk 2.4.8 firmware 3.5 USED... & NOW 4.0.5 (borth are same reslt) https://drive.google.com/file/d/16azUSwbI7J_e66QPIutk_JdLkAOKV7qH/view?usp=sharing

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DJI Phantom 2+ based custom drone

Hi all! I got this one with dead wireless module. Replacing a transmitter is a worthless idea. I wonder if it's possible to build something new using raspberry or kinda stuff. (i already have Pi3b+) Because i am from Russia, ordering from abroad is too expensive. Any thoughts?

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Tethered drones

Hi guys, Im fairly new to this platform but would like your kind advice on one of the projects that i'm working on. I am currently working on adding a tethering system to the Dji s1000+ spreading wings octocopter to allow for 'unlimited flight time'. I am planning on using a generator to supply ac current, a power supply to step the voltage down and switch to dc and then make use of DC-DC buck converters to step the voltage down and up the current. However i'm running into alot of problems and…

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Fuel Cell (Aeropak) Electric Motor Selection

Hi Dear Forum-ers,I am writing in to seek your kind advice on electric motor selection for fuel cell (in my caes, Aeropak).I presume that the RC motors are mostly designed for Lipo or NiCd batteries, which has relatively lower voltage and higher current ouput as compared to fuel cells.For my case, my fuel cell has a continuous output of 20V, 10A and output power of 200W.Some other parameters: The weight of the fuel cell is 2kg and the overall takeoff weight is estimated to be about 7kg. The…

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GREMSY GIMBAL ON SALE AT 15% OFF!

The biggest sales of the year is finally here and you have the best chance to SAVE 15% on all gimbals & bundles during this Halloween season. Find all deals here: https://bit.ly/3oslTs9*Terms and Conditions:The Halloween Flash Sale is valid from 26/10/2020 00:00 am  ~ 02/11/2020 00:00 am EST and applies to orders that have completed the payment process within this time.>>Are you ready? Enjoy the pumpkin festival and grab the special Halloween products at the sale price below:GIMBALS ON…

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Low Temperature Drone Battery

Tattu low temperature battery version improved battery material design to support Max. 3C discharge at -30℃ low temperature. Discharge over 90% efficiecy at -10℃ and discharge over 80% effeciecy at -30℃. And the low temperature version has broked througt the discharge temperature limits of -30℃ to 60℃.- Capacity(mAh): 14500mah- Configuration: 6S1P 22.2V- Discharge Rate: 30CMore details: https://www.grepow.com/page/uav-battery.html

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