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Andreas Gazis replied to ZABBIE's discussion Sudden Potential drop when taking off
"What do you mean by dropping drastically?Please look at the LiPo discharge curves here. Notice the…"
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ZABBIE replied to ZABBIE's discussion Sudden Potential drop when taking off
"Hello, Actually I have done 2 flights of my Hexa with 20000mah lipo battery a few weeks before. and…"
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Andreas Gazis replied to ZABBIE's discussion Sudden Potential drop when taking off
"I am not sure if you are aware that a voltage drop is actually expected as you draw current, as the…"
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Darrell Burkey replied to ZABBIE's discussion Sudden Potential drop when taking off
"25C is a bit low for a draw of 46amps regardless of what the maths would indicate. The battery…"
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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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Data Science Crop Analysis Notebook Using 6 Band MicaSense Altum And DroneMapper Processed UAV Imagery

Posted by JP on November 8, 2019 at 1:51pm 0 Comments

A jupyter notebook with crop analysis algorithms utilizing digital elevation models, dtm and multi-spectral imagery (R-G-B-NIR-Rededge-Thermal) from a MicaSense…


Participants Wanted for Research Survey on Simulation of Robotics Software

Posted by SquaresLabRobots on November 5, 2019 at 3:08pm 0 Comments

We are a group of software engineering researchers at Carnegie Mellon University trying to better understand why and how robotics developers use simulation when developing and testing their systems. If you have ever used these tools, we would like to hear from you.

Simulation holds the potential to provide an automated, cost-effective, and scalable alternative to the manual and expensive process of field testing. Numerous companies in the autonomy sector, such as…


Pixhawk cube controlled VTOL fixed-wing auto flight demo

Posted by yangdaonline on October 29, 2019 at 12:53am 0 Comments

Hi Guys,

Recently we built one 2.5 hours long-endurance VTOL fixed-wing plane using the Pixhawk Cube flight controller. Auto flight demo:

Specification of the VTOL…


XAG and Bayer Set to Innovate Japan's Ageing Agriculture with Enhanced Drone Technology

Posted by viya on October 24, 2019 at 12:00am 0 Comments

XAG and Bayer jointly participated in Agri-Week Tokyo 2019

XAG and Bayer has recently held a joint news conference in Tokyo, 4 Oct, to announce the latest progress of their strategic partnership in Japan. This cross-industry alliance has been unfolded on three main projects involving drone sales, technological research…

Continue is gone

Posted by Gal Nitzan on October 23, 2019 at 11:38am 2 Comments


A week ago I placed an order of over $300 on site, PayPal account was charged but I never got order confirmation from rctimer.

Two days later, the site disappeared and emails are bouncing back.

I know they sell on AliExpress as well, be very careful.


MMC UAV is to exhibit in Shenzhen CPSE 2019

Posted by Thomas Dunlop on October 22, 2019 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

The 17th China International Social Public Safety Expo (CPSE)will be held from October 28th-31 th,2019 in Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center, Shenzhen,  China. At that time, it will present the most advanced artificial intelligence, big data, and intelligent security products to the…


Cars vs robots

Posted by Jack Crossfire on October 22, 2019 at 10:00pm 1 Comment

Hackhawk Mark III: ESP32 TinyPICO as a brushless flight controller

Posted by Simon D. Levy on October 21, 2019 at 8:16pm 1 Comment

My hacked Altair Aerial Blackhawk continues to serve as a great test platform for experiments in DIY flight controllers. So, when I heard the buzz surrounding the…


Drones are doing everything in agriculture from aerial imaging to fighting global mega pests

Posted by viya on October 21, 2019 at 12:30am 0 Comments

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BioCarbon Engineering technician prepares the UAV for the seeding demonstration at Ellerslie site in Edmonton.

Drones might be seen as pests by Gatwick Airport traffic control, but increasingly farmers are beginning to see them as pest-killers.

This is one of many uses drones have in agriculture. One obvious use is for…


Sensors for Attitude Estimation

Posted by Matthew Silic on October 18, 2019 at 9:20pm 10 Comments

Hello UAV enthusiasts,

I recently created a slide deck on the topic of sensors for attitude estimation (i.e. gyroscopes, accelerometers and magnetometers). In these slides, I review

  1. Installation considerations,
  2. Stochastic models,
  3. Bias characterization,
  4. Sensor calibration, and
  5. Conceptual…


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

A-techSYN UAS projects

Gokhan Celik To properly understand what it is that A-techSYN would bring into a project, we should first mention who we are. A-techSYN is a private Irish SME. We started working on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in 2013. The first product we developed is the PilotUS which is a generic Autopilot for UAVs. The electronics […]

Dedrone Appoints Alex Morrow to Lead Development of sUAS Defeat Programs

Alex Morrow joins counter-drone technology company as Vice President of Defense Solutions following Dedrone’s acquisition of sUAS defeat system, DroneDefender WASHINGTON, D.C., and COLUMBUS, OHIO, November 12, 2019 – Dedrone, a market leader in counter-drone technology and airspace security, has hired Alex Morrow as Vice President of Defense Solutions. Morrow joins Dedrone from Battelle Memorial […]

Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) Inventory Counts using Drones in Warehouses and Distribution Centers

Real estate is usually the largest expense item in the P&L of a warehousing operation – whether a 3PL or a company owned one. As e-commerce penetrates an increasingly larger share of the retail industry, warehouses and DCs are being created/expanded near high population areas to enable same-day delivery, reduce last-mile shipping costs, and allow […]

DJI And PEUGEOT Announce Winner Of PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival

The PEUGEOT Drone Film Festival has announced the winner of its 2019 competition. During the finals at the luxury hotel Jumeirah in Frankfurt, the jury chose the film „Calçada Portuguesa“ by Bernardo Bacalhau. The young Portuguese filmmaker beat more than 800 competitors and received a grand prize consisting of high quality DJI equipment worth 2,500 Euros, […]

Sentera Introduces the 6X Sensor: Multispectral, RGB, and Onboard Analytics Fastest Image Capture Rate in the Industry

Sentera has announced the launch of the 6X, the highest-performing, the most powerful sensor in its class. 6X delivers the data and processing necessary to meet a wide range of customer requirements, from broad acre, specialty, and permanent crop insights to science and research customers. “The 6x currently delivers the best spatial resolution on the […]

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