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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
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  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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Gas Drone 3 Hour flight time

Posted by Nicolai Valenti on July 15, 2019 at 2:21pm 1 Comment

Finally we got all the flight tests done on our hybrid generators.

You can see some of them on youtube like this one …


High frequency signal injection and field orientation control for brushless motors

Posted by YC on July 13, 2019 at 6:30am 0 Comments

After my field orientation control algo worked, I applied it to the quadrotor that I am building. Then, I noticed there are about 30% of chance of reverse spin in any of the hour motors. Then, things get pretty challenging, there are only about 0.7^4 of change that all motor will spin in correct direction. In real life, it is painful to start the…


Airbot Systems Mini carrier board combo

Posted by Airbot Systems on July 9, 2019 at 6:46am 2 Comments

We are happy to introduce our new PCB boards, dedicated to the use of the famous Pixhawk autopilot : the Cube!

The Mini carrier board now comes with a Mini PDB 180A, that would help to keep the drone assembly as clean and compact as possible. You can find more details on the user manual (bottom of product page)…


Share live stream and control drone with multi GCS ( one drone - multi GCS)

Posted by XBStation 4G UAV Solution on July 8, 2019 at 8:00am 0 Comments

We are developing a function to share the stream video and controller drone with multi Ground control station (2-3 or more GCS) via internet ( wifi, 4G LTE).

For example: Have 2 GCS control drone same time (A…


What happened to open source tracking cameras?

Posted by Jack Crossfire on July 5, 2019 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

They began with the Skydio, a quad copter which could follow subjects through forests with only machine vision.  Today, subject tracking cameras based on machine vision have reached consumers in standalone packages, the facebook portal, the…


uBlox ZED-F9P new GPS test (and comparison to M8 series)

Posted by Hugues on July 5, 2019 at 9:09am 1 Comment


This is a quick test and comparison between uBlox F9 and M8 series GPS. uBlox ZED-F9P is a multiband GPS that theoritically gets a better precision and faster acquisition.

Test was done using Ardusimple's SimpleRTK2B evaluation board.



New TBT-AV1 300Mhz SAME70/V71 (ARM M7 core) Flight/Robotics Controller Design Finished

Posted by Thomas Butler on July 2, 2019 at 3:00pm 8 Comments

The TBT-AV1 from Thomas Butler Technology, Rockford, Illinois, USA is a clean-sheet design 300Mhz flight/robotics controller using the Atmel/Microchip SAM E70/V71 (ARM M7 core with hardware AES256 encryption and FPU) automotive grade micro-controller. The I/O is compatible with…


VTOL testflight

Posted by andre van calster on July 2, 2019 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Simple testflight of my E-Flite Convergence equipped with a pixracer flight controller complemented with a "sbus to pwm" home-made circuit to extend the number of servo outputs. Flight stack: Ardupilot Quadplane; Flight mode: loiter.

Thermal camera for drones - range performance

Posted by Workswell on July 2, 2019 at 8:50am 0 Comments

We are very often asked about thermal camera performance to detect man-sized target (approx 1.7x0.5m) or detect small car (approx 2.5m x 2.5m). So we decided to create a short video that shows the thermal camera capability to detect  different sized objects (car, person, tractor etc.) at different distances (more in…


Stable Power Supply 5V-5A for Raspberry Pi on your Drone

Posted by XBStation 4G UAV Solution on June 29, 2019 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

Make your Companion Computer more stable, not suddenly reset by fluctuating power supply in fly time, reduce noise by the devices like ESC, motor, servo……



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

ParaZero’s SafeAir Unlocks Flight Over People in Canada With Popular Phantom and Mavic Drones

ParaZero Technologies, the world leader in safety systems for commercial drones, is pleased to announce that its ASTM compliant SafeAir Systems for the DJI Phantom 4 Series and DJI Mavic 2 Series complies with the latest Transport Canada regulations for operations over people. This allows licensed operators using the SafeAir Mavic + ASTM Professional Kit and the SafeAir […]

The Hanover Insurance Group to Leverage Loveland Innovations’ Drones, Technology to Enhance Claims Service

Loveland Innovations, the leading provider of data analytics and technology solutions for insurance, today announced it will provide The Hanover Insurance Group with drone and technology capabilities, helping the company provide more effective and efficient claims service to its partners and customers.   Through this partnership, Loveland Innovations will provide The Hanover with a sophisticated, digital-first approach […]

GA-ASI’s Predator A RPA Turns 25

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI), a leading manufacturer of Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, marks the 25th anniversary of its Predator A unmanned aircraft this month. Predator A completed its first flight in July 1994 and made its operational debut in 1995. More than 320 Predator A’s […]

DroneBase Purchases Betterview’s Roof-Reporting Software To Provide End-To-End Property Inspection Services

 DroneBase, the leading global drone services company, today announced that it has acquired Betterview’s drone roof inspection software and services, establishing the company’s first foray into analytics and first purchase. The transition will seamlessly carry over both the software technology and customers to DroneBase, while Betterview will solely focus on its risk management platform, which is based […]

Septentrio strengthens its GNSS/INS portfolio with a single antenna receiver

High-precision GPS/INS receiver is now available with a single antenna for faster integration, lighter weight and lower power consumption. High-precision GPS/INS receiver is now available with a single antenna option for faster integration, lighter weight and lower power consumption. Leuven, Belgium – July 16, 2019 Septentrio, a leader in high-precision positioning technology, announced today that their […]

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