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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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mRo Control Zero A High-End Nano Autopilot

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on February 8, 2020 at 3:00pm 1 Comment

mRo Control Zero F7 a High-End Nano Autopilot...

The smallest and most powerful autopilot in the world of its kind created for a high-end unmanned vehicle builders!…


Drones For Security & Surveillance: How Drones Augment Traditional Security Systems?

Posted by Utsav Chopra on February 7, 2020 at 1:30am 0 Comments

The need for security and surveillance — whether residential or commercial — continues to steadily increase in a world of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.…


SAM E70 Flight Controller Design Release to Public Domain

Posted by Thomas Butler on February 5, 2020 at 5:18am 11 Comments

SAM E70 Flight Controller Design Release to Public Domain

TBT-AV1 controller top

After more than three years in development, this flight controller has become an academic exercise. Changing markets have made marketing of the product unprofitable. However, the design is now in the public domain. Anyone is welcome to use the design…


Meet the new mRo GPS Family. The next gen...

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on January 31, 2020 at 12:02am 0 Comments

The mRo family of GPS sensors are one of the most powerful and sophisticated satellite signal sensors in the unmanned vehicle industry which we manufacture in United States. These have specially designed to obtain with high…


Drone Streaming: Real-Time Live Video Feed From Drones for Commercial Applications

Posted by Utsav Chopra on January 30, 2020 at 12:30am 0 Comments

The commercial drone industry is rapidly maturing – across industries, geographies, use-cases, and business models – thanks to advances in UAV hardware and regulation. An incredibly rich variety of drone hardware has been built, tested, piloted and deployed for enterprise applications – ranging from ‘nano’ category drones for…


EDIT: Get assembled smart batteries on Kickstarter Campaign

Posted by Echo G on January 22, 2020 at 11:00am 7 Comments


We have some good news. A battery manufacturer Titan Power is working with BatMon kickstarter backers to assemble BatMon into Lithium Ion batteries for free! Backers also get a 5% discount on Titan batteries upto $1000 purchase. Now, you can get a custom shape/size Lithium ion…


FlytBase and Mayan Robotics Partner to Deliver Enterprise Drone Automation

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on January 20, 2020 at 10:46am 0 Comments

At mRobotics our commitment continues with the entire research, development and integration community and we want to announce that we are making several alliances with interesting companies for the UAV sector and as always to offer you hardware for integration,…


New Project: Implementing Autopilot Control in a Hybrid 4WD RC Mulcher

Posted by Felix Meissner on January 20, 2020 at 10:29am 3 Comments

I'm looking at a new project for 2020, I am working together with a company which has developed a 4WD RC-Controlled Hybrid Mulcher for grass cutting work on steep terrain.

The current version of the unit (see video) uses a ruggedized RC controller for the operator.

We are currently looking at implementing an autopilot system - so…


Coming soon - New "mRo Location One" a CAN GPS sensor.

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on January 16, 2020 at 4:32pm 9 Comments

At mRobotics our commitment continues with the DIY community. From San Diego California we design and manufacture the necessary hardware to build platforms and solutions based on Ardupilot and…


Ellipso - new domestic robot drone from FRACH robotics

Posted by Damian on January 15, 2020 at 3:30pm 2 Comments

Dear All

We are introducing Ellipso, a new domestic robot drone from FRACH robotics and we would like to hear your feedback!

Ellipso is an autonomous intelligent home robot drone, which is always online, listening to you and ready to execute your requests or just connect you with your loved ones. The robot drone implements…

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

Wingcopter wins Sustainable Development Goals Spotlight prize

Wingcopter, the German manufacturer of innovative transport drones for social and civil applications, has been awarded the Sustainable Development Goals Spotlight prize at this year’s Open Innovation Contest of the global business and IT solutions provider NTT DATA. The category was open to companies that use innovative technology to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable […]

Can Drones Save Lives? Yes, DJI AirWorks Says

Talk of drones might have circled around military uses lately, but drones are actually being used to do good around the world. With its #DronesforGood campaign, DJI wishes to make people aware of the many ways in which drones can make our lives better and help keep us safe. Emergency responders are using drones to save lives, […]

Elistair tethered system flys 13 hours for first Democratic debate 2020

On January 14, 2020, for the first U.S. Democratic debate of the year held on Drake University campus in Des Moines, Iowa,  CNN deployed an Elistair tethered system with the support of Vector Solutions, product reseller and tether expert, to provide persistent aerial video transmission of the area.  Every four years, the Presidential Candidate debates attracts tens […]

Parrot and RIIS partner to develop AI programs for ANAFI drone platform

Parrot, the leading European drone group, announced it is partnering with RIIS, a leading provider of mobile app, web development and IT consulting services, to develop custom applications of artificial intelligence for Parrot’s popular ANAFI drone platform. Parrot and RIIS are focused on exploring the use of artificial intelligence and computer vision technology, combined with […]

State of Arizona Awards Autonodyne LLC Broad Contract for Drone Services

Autonodyne LLC is pleased to announce the award by the State of Arizona of an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide comprehensive Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) custom hardware and software solutions to all of the State agencies and various political subdivisions of both the State of Arizona as well as the State of […]

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