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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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Blog Posts

Video Course: Mavlink, Qground, Dronekit...

Posted by Tiziano Fiorenzani on November 14, 2018 at 11:30am 1 Comment

I interviewed Caleb Bergquist, a developer like us who posted a complete video course online about:

 - Setting up the developer environment

 - Mavproxy and Qground Control



vertical works new mega drone company

Posted by vertical works on November 13, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Interested in Mega Drones? So, join our webpage on

We are…


Changing Direction

Posted by Randy Sonnicksen on November 13, 2018 at 5:30am 2 Comments

Well, the day finally has come when I am ready to give up on this endeavor. My goal was to build a manned, internal combustion quad copter.  I will not say the project was a failure because I learned so much on my journey, but I just see other avenues which seem more promising.

Of note, from the project I did successfully build a variable pitch,…


"See" more of your RF environment in the field

Posted by Azjeg on November 9, 2018 at 8:05am 2 Comments

One of the most difficult risks to manage with all sUAS flight operations, and in fact with most remote-controlled vehicle systems is radio interference. Detecting the threat and evading it is almost impossible without proper RF instrumentation, namely a decent spectrum analyser. It's not something even developers are taking to the field too frequently, not…


Vertical Technologies DeltaQuad maps uninhabited island

Posted by sander on November 3, 2018 at 8:23pm 0 Comments

At the end of this new DeltaQuad compilation video, you can see the 3D rendering that was created from a survey mission of a dutch peninsula. The mission was flown using a DeltaQuad Pro #MAP carrying a Sony A7R3 with a 35mm lens.…


Pioneer drone show by Geoscan Ltd.

Posted by Shevelev Ilya on November 2, 2018 at 5:00am 11 Comments

Pretty much everyone these days knows that some companies can launch thousands of drones in the air and perform a breathtaking show with light and moving animation. This is an incredible piece of engineering, but  in attempt to do something similar one should consider technological, personnel and logistical…


Tersus UAV PPK Solution with Base Station

Posted by Haley Hu on October 31, 2018 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Tersus UAV PPK Solution with Base Station

Tersus UAV PPK solution includes BX316R PPK Receiver, AX3705 Helix Antenna and Tersus GeoPix Software. BX316R PPK Receiver supports multi-constellations and dual-frequencies. It has in-built 4G memory for GNSS observation data recoding. Very small and light…


DRONEE PLOTTER updates, Multi-Chart, Multi-Scale features

Posted by Tomi Piriyev on October 29, 2018 at 10:30am 3 Comments

Multi-chart and multi-scale features implemented to DRONEE PLOTTER. Now you can visualize multiple log attributes on multiple charts, zoom to the time frame synchronously. Also, you can visualize multiple scale data on the same…


Drone with Articulating Arms

Posted by Alberto Vila on October 29, 2018 at 4:00am 1 Comment

The ideas have no value, the important thing is the execution....

A few years ago, I came up with a solution to move loads with drones efficiently,

which consisted in articulating the arms of the drone, as the load moved out of this...

This in order to keep the thrust center aligned with the center of mass.

I gave much…


"Ardupilot:Copter V3.6.0" has been released!

Posted by Marco Robustini on October 29, 2018 at 2:10am 0 Comments

Copter-3.6.0 has been released as the default version for Multicopters and Traditional Helicopters.

The release announcement is here and includes the large number of changes:…



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

Heliguy wins prestigious prize an North Tyneside Business Awards

Heliguy is delighted to announce that it has won a prestigious prize at the renowned North Tyneside Business Awards 2018, thanks to the company’s outstanding customer service and passion to develop the drone industry. The North Shields-based UAV expert was presented with the Retail and Service Provider Award at last night’s ceremony, staged at the recently […]

uAvionix UTM Broadcast (UTM-B) and ADS-B for Safer Skies Near Airports at Operation Zenith

On November 21, 2018 – something special is happening in the UK in the realm of UTM and ATM integration.  Operation Zenith, headlined by the UK’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) NATS and the premier global Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) System provider, Altitude Angel, Zenith will showcase a view of the future of air traffic management. uAvionix is a […]

Moonrock Insurance partners with Flyability to offer insurance for Elios drone pilots

Drone insurance specialist Moonrock Insurance has announced an exclusive partnership with Swiss Drone manufacturer Flyability. The partnership will allow all commercial pilots flying Elios drones – Flyability’s drone designed for the inspection and exploration of the most inaccessible places – to obtain a tailor-made insurance product for their drone through Moonrock Insurance. Elios drones are built to work […]

UK DJI Phantom flier fine forfeit first

phantom 4 The National Police Air Service (NPAS) and CAA in the East of England have successfully prosecuted a case against a drone user flying BVLOS. Sergej Miaun flew his DJI Phantom 4 more than half a mile to go and have a look at a Police helicopter searching for a missing person. He flew directly underneath […]

Urban Air Mobility Summit – The Aviary Project Launch

The Aviary Project Launch Event is bringing together all stakeholders of eVTOL technologies to accelerate the adoption of flying taxis which will alleviate urban problems such as congestion, air pollution, and excessive commuting. With professionals from vehicle design corporates & startups, airspace integration companies, regulatory landscape, consultancies, and government agencies attending, the event brings together […]

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