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Steve Williams replied to Steve Williams's discussion Can I use my Futaba 9C/sbus with pixhawk. Or am I destined to by a Taranis or ?
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Flying Wing and fixed wing coefficient of lift at zero angle of attack

Hi new to drones and I am designing a flying wing and doing modifications to a fixed wing drone. I…See More
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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

Indoor Obstacle Avoidance with ArduCopter and TeraRanger sensors

Posted by Mateusz Sadowski on February 21, 2018 at 2:00am 2 Comments

At Terabee we did some intensive experiments with TeraRanger Tower and Pixhawk running ArduCopter. The purpose of the experiment was to explore the obstacle avoidance indoors using rangefinders only.

In our setup we used TeraRanger Tower with 8 sensors (in a…


Skydiddy startup

Posted by Jack Crossfire on February 20, 2018 at 3:54pm 2 Comments

Really impressive demos from Skydio in Redwood City. Quad copter startups have been hit or miss & it looks like the same pile of plastic scrap that every startup besides Apple produces, but what they showed here was exactly what I wanted to do for years, with ground vehicles. It looks like it could really navigate…


UAV/Drone thermal imaging camera for gas detection – Workswell GIS-320

Posted by Drone thermal camera on February 20, 2018 at 11:46am 1 Comment

Thermal imaging camera for gas detection

Under certain circumstances, infra-red cameras are highly suitable for detecting gas escapes and the presence of gas in the air. They can be also helpful during tests on improving environmental safety. A thermal camera can detect…


Using Intel Aero with UgCS

Posted by Kristaps Brass on February 20, 2018 at 6:22am 1 Comment

Intel Aero is a cool little drone for developers that can be configured for various tasks and applications.

Due to it's versatility it's also possible to use it with UgCS. In this guide we will explain how.

1. Install latest firmware on vehicle. We did our tests on version…


DX80 flashlight flight test on a drone

Posted by Hugues on February 18, 2018 at 10:11am 3 Comments


This is the follow up video showing a test flight of the monster 32000 lumen flashlight mounted on a drone (and remote operated via an ESP8266 wifi DIY solution).

Fore those interested, check my previous build video about mounting the DX80 flashlight on a drone : …


Low current drain battery monitor with pixhawk interface (10 cell)

Posted by Echo G on February 16, 2018 at 9:00am 5 Comments

In-flight monitoring of total battery voltage and individual cell voltage is important for accurately estimating flight time. Monitoring the cell voltages during flight and operating load conditions help to predict battery health and cell degradation. 
We designed a battery monitor board…

Agriculture Drones: How Are Drones Being Used for Farming? (Infographic)

Posted by Jet Flora on February 13, 2018 at 10:34pm 0 Comments

The use of drones in agriculture is the future. Heavy lift drones capable of crop dusting and drones equipped with multispectral sensors will change the way in which farming is done.

With greater refinements in drone technology and implementation, we will see the agricultural drone sector take off. According to Global Markets Insight Inc., the Agriculture Drones Market will be valued at $1 billion by 2024.

How are drones being used for farming? Check this Infographic from…


Background on the amazing Intel drone swarm demo at the Olympics

Posted by Chris Anderson on February 11, 2018 at 4:24pm 5 Comments

Here's some background on the amazing Intel drone displays at the Olympics. 

Wired article here

Intel video:…


Arctic campaigns

Posted by Martin Mueller on February 10, 2018 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

We are out for UAV field campaigns again. After one week of flying over sea ice of the Baltic sea in northern Finland we are now heading for Svalbard.…



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

South Carolina And What’s Up With The Federal Preemption?

No denying this one has got the conjecture fest going on the boards and in the forums. We are starting to see a new pattern of drone sightings being tried in the court of social media. The result is whipping up concerns in the press and even the advocacy groups are calling for stiff enforcement […]

COPTRZ announce beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS) one-day workshop

New course will be conducted by elite unmanned aviation industry professionals and prepares participants to make BVLoS applications to regulatory authorities. COPTRZ, the UK’s leading commercial drone solution provider, has announced a new course focused on beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS) flying. The one-day course, entitled ‘Introduction to Unmanned BVLoS Operations’, will take place […]

Sentera adds gimbaled NDVI data capture to DJI drones

Sentera today announced the availability of a Micro Gimbal upgrade for Sentera Single sensors mounted on the popular DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Advanced, or Standard drone platforms. The micro gimbal compensates for drone pitch and roll so that the Single captures imagery closer to a straight-down (nadir) position. Sentera’s latest offering will help ag professionals […]

Pro Aerial League Receives Global Award, Team Pilot Wins Drone Racing League (DRL) Competition, Secures Facebook Promotional Support

The Pro Aerial League, the first team-based professional drone racing league in the United States, announced several major achievements to start 2018. The Pro Aerial League was named the 2017 Startup of the Year by the International Drone Racing Association during its recent Challengers Cup championship event and award ceremonies in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Drone […]

DJI fixed wing drone hits rumour control.

All over the forums, images of a purported DJI fixed-wing drone. Personally, I would be very surprised if they are entering the fixed wing world, that this is it. Just not slick enough for me rather looks like somebody has bodged some DJI gear onto. Something from the XUAV factory. Or maybe HobbyKing. A separate lift […]

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