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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

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Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms 

Blog Posts

Wireless Broadband Solutions for Unmanned Aerial Systems

Posted by Jay Parikh on January 17, 2019 at 4:02pm 1 Comment

State-of-the-art MIMO for long range video streaming

Doodle Labs has an…


4 Secrets to Keeping Your Drone in Great Condition

Posted by Rachael Murphey on January 15, 2019 at 9:55am 0 Comments

Welcome to the wonderful world of drones. If you've just gotten your first drone, you’re in for a real treat, so get ready to enjoy the experience.

Perform Pre-Flight Procedures

Like any…


Latest from DroneMapper Rapid / Remote Expert Release

Posted by JP on January 10, 2019 at 4:00pm 1 Comment

The free version "RAPID" now allows higher resolution DEM generation and blended Orthomosaic! 

DroneMapper Rapid and Remote Expert Version 20181120 has been released. Please download the latest version here. This release has the latest UI…


What is Reach RS+ and how to use it to achieve cm accuracy

Posted by Emlid on January 10, 2019 at 8:00am 0 Comments



Our new video provides a simple overview of real-time kinematic (RTK), post-processed kinematic (PPK) and NTRIP. It also demonstrates how Reach RS+ can be used in the field for various applications.…


Lightware SF11/C Laser Altimeter and [ultra] Bright Sun

Posted by Kristaps Brass on January 7, 2019 at 8:15am 0 Comments


In December we had a great chance to test the M600 Pro system with a terrain following module in sunny Peru!

In general, SF11/C works perfectly. There was one annoying issue: under extremely bright sun over some surfaces it can miss readings for a long time. Fortunately, a solution was found quickly: during the…


Impressive multicopter wing hybrid

Posted by Jack Crossfire on January 7, 2019 at 2:20am 0 Comments

Finally, a novel wing rotor design which actually looks like it should fly.  It might only be the finished look instead of the usual carbon fiber rods & duct tape.  There's obviously still a torque problem on the wings, as it approaches higher speed.  It seems like a safer & more scaleable way of attaching many rotors than…


Lightweight 30X optical zoom camera for the drone

Posted by yangdaonline on January 7, 2019 at 12:30am 0 Comments

Sky Eye-30XZ is a 3-axis high stabilized gimbal with 1080P 30X zoom camera for drone inspection, surveillance, search and rescue applications.

The 30X optical zoom camera provides 1080P 60FPS full HD video…


Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller

Posted by Simon D. Levy on January 6, 2019 at 3:06pm 7 Comments

What could be more fun than hacking an RTF quadcopter to fly with your own custom firmware? How about hacking with your own DIY Arduino-compatible 32-bit flight controller?  This…


ROS and Raspberry Pi for beginners | Tutorial on a Donkey Car

Posted by Tiziano Fiorenzani on January 5, 2019 at 8:36am 4 Comments

Technically speaking there is no mention of any autopilot in my tutorial. But, as ROS (Robot Operating System) becomes more and more popular, I kinda felt like it was time to create a Tutorial for beginner that was actually fun to do (and watch, I hope).

So I decided to go…



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

It is SUSB Expo Time of Year Again

The main reason for this piece is a call for articles for the SUSB Expo Journal and possibly speakers if you have something compelling to offer and share with the community. In past additions, we have tried to include pieces that would be relevant for a few years or provide insights into foundation type of […]

DJI Announces Pricing And Availability of Multilink For Inspire 2 Controllers

New Multilink accessory connects master remote with up to three additional controllers DJI, the world’s leader in creative camera technology, today revealed the pricing and availability of the Multilink, DJI’s new wireless connector that supports a master controller and up to three additional slave controllers. The new Multilink allows slave networks to form a star […]

Foxtech Baby Shark 260 VTOL

BABY SHARK 260 VTOL features a highly advanced aerodynamic design. It is made of high density composite material, which features high strength and very light weight. BABY SHARK VTOL adopts quick-detach design which makes the plane easy to set up and transport. The fuselage also has big inner space to hold flight controller, batteries or other equipments. BABY SHARK can take off and land vertically in a small area, […]

FLIR Systems Awarded $89 Million Contract from French Armed Forces to Deliver Black Hornet Personal Reconnaissance System

FLIR Black Hornet FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today it has been awarded a contract from the French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) in support of the French Operational Pocket Drone (DrOP) program. The contract has a ceiling value of $89 million to provide the FLIR Black Hornet® 3 nano-unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Personal Reconnaissance System (PRS) to […]

DJI suffer 147.6 Million Dollar fraud in China

At a meeting in Shenzhen that perhaps did not include sandwiches DJI handed 16 employees over to law enforcement officials and a further 29 were dismissed. The news outlet, Yicai Global, believes more than 100 DJI employees might be involved and losses may exceed 147.6 Million US Dollars. It appears that the group inflated prices […]

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