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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

Skywalker New Catapult On Sale for Fixed Wings

Posted by Ellen Zhu on January 22, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Skywalker are  launched new catapult for professional mapping survey at the

beginning of 2019.

     It is really amazing masterpiece at first sight. It looks superb and professional

design with aluminum alloy material. It is best choice…


Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - The Results

Posted by Kristaps Brass on January 22, 2019 at 3:00am 5 Comments


We’ve reached the final chapter in our series of articles in which we compare the precision of different drone autopilots from various manufacturers.

All drones were flown on a typical area scan route created using UgCS flight planning software and compared in terms of how…


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…



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

Boeing Autonomous Passenger Air Vehicle Completes First Flight

Boeing [NYSE: BA] yesterday successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Boeing NeXt, which leads the company’s urban air mobility efforts, utilized Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences to design and develop the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft and will continue testing to advance the […]

Swissdrones LiDAR-based area and corridor mapping in Thailand

We learnt recently that LidarSwiss has delivered two  Micro Vux Long Range sensors to the Royal Thai Survey Department. Now makers of the helicopter they were hung from, SwissDrones have released a video of them in operation. The flights in Thailand took two hours carrying the LidarSwiss payload with a 25% safety margin for fuel. It was […]

U.S. Air Force Research Lab Awards GE TEAMS Program

A Project Task Assignment for the Teaming-Enabled Architectures for Manned-Unmanned Systems (TEAMS) prototype program was recently awarded to GE Aviation. The project is under the authority of the Base Vertical Lift Consortium Project Agreement and is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). “The TEAMS program is a tremendous opportunity for GE to […]

BIRD Aerosystems and HENSOLDT to Cooperate: BIRD will develop the Control Interface of HENSOLDT’s PrecISR™ Multi-Mode Radar Family using their RCD and MSIS

HENSOLDT will now use BIRD Aerosystems’ RCD (Radar Control and Display) and MSIS (Mission Management System) to control their PrecISR™ advanced multi-mode radar family [January, 2019]: HENSOLDT, a global pioneer of technology and innovation in the area of defense and security electronics, and BIRD Aerosystems, the leading developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and […]

Concept of Operations for safe European drone traffic: registration for workshop now open

Drone technology is on the rise. To fully support the rapidly growing drone industry, a harmonized approach for the integration of drones across Europe is vital. CORUS gathers experts from aviation (manned and drone), research and academia to develop and write a concept of operations for U-Space, the European system for management of drones. Starting from […]

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