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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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New rugged hand-held GCS with the ultimate modularity

Posted by Azjeg on July 16, 2018 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

We have a new Android based fully rugged ground control station format for some serious UAV/USV work. We’ve been calling it simply the RHH, and it was developed with extensive modularity in mind from scratch. As the supporting and enthusiastic community of DIYdrones looks more and more like the primary meeting…


DRONEE announces partnerships with resellers

Posted by Tomi Piriyev on July 16, 2018 at 4:17am 0 Comments

DRONEE produces and commercializes professional drones for surveying, mapping and inspection applications.
DRONEE PLANEis a lightweight fully…

SokilLink all-in-one wireless link

Posted by on July 11, 2018 at 3:02am 13 Comments

We are pleased to announce our latest development: SokilLink!

It is a complex both software and hardware solution for Mavlink-powered autopilots.

In short, our solution will allow you to build…


Aero-hawk Maps 2d Prerelease

Posted by Aero Hawk on July 10, 2018 at 12:36pm 0 Comments


Capture. Analyze. Act. Drone mapping for precision agriculture:

• Aero Hawk Maps 2D is the best software tool available in the market for multi bandpass filters with narrow bandwidths. • The calculation of 52 vegetation indexes is made possible through a fast an accurate map projected interface. • The image stitching…


New 2018 Drone Industry Benchmark Survey

Posted by Colin Snow on July 10, 2018 at 10:00am 0 Comments

We just announced the launch of our third annual Drone Market Sector Research survey, which promises to be its most comprehensive…


Land Survey Equipment Market: Benefits of Electronic Devices in Conducting Land Surveys

Posted by Riyaz Qureshi on July 10, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

According to the new market research report on the "Land Survey Equipment Market by Product (Gnss Systems, Total Stations & Theodolites, 3D Laser Scanners, UAVS), Industry (Construction, Oil & Gas, Mining, Agriculture), Application, Software, End User, Region - Global Forecast to 2022", The land survey equipment market…


Hybrid drone and Gas Generator finally in production and sale

Posted by Nicolai Valenti on July 8, 2018 at 9:46am 0 Comments

We finally have our hybrid UAV, the HY1000

Wheelbase: 1000mm

No payload weight: 4.5kg (no fuel)

Max take-off Weight: 10 kg

Max speed: 10m/s

Max flight time: Over 4 hours

Voltage: 22V 



Take 20% Off Emlid Edge and Navio2 during July 4 Sale

Posted by Emlid on July 4, 2018 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

Summer is in full swing and it’s the best time to get into drone hobby! We’ve prepared a great offer for all drone enthusiasts — from today and until the end of the week get advanced drone controller Edge and Raspberry Pi Autopilot board Navio2 with 20% discount!



To get the discount go to our …


Introducing Dawn, on board artificial intelligence for UAS

Posted by Guy Barker on July 2, 2018 at 8:45am 0 Comments


Here is a short video on Dawn, AEIOU's on board AI platform for UAS. I thought some of you might find this interesting.…


GET Wireless Power Solution For Drones - Meet Us At Drone Berlin | September 25 - 26

Posted by Dmitry Skotnikov on July 2, 2018 at 8:00am 0 Comments

GET will showcase its AUVSI Xponential top innovation award winning technology ( at Drone Berlin, September 25 -…



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

The Rolls-Royce EVTOL project

Rolls-Royce has unveiled a concept electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018. The design could be adapted for personal transport, public transport, logistics and military applications and is based upon technologies that already exist or are currently under development. It could take to the skies as soon as the […]

UK CAA reminds drone operators of new rules from July 30th 2018 – CAP1687

In the UK the Civil Aviation Authority has issued guidance that all model aircraft/drone operators should read. At the end of this month 400′ is a hard ceiling for model/RPA operations and CAP1687: Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018 -Guidance for small unmanned aircraft users On 30 May 2018, the United Kingdom Government published an amendment […]

MQ-9B Provisioned for GPS and Galileo Satellite Navigation Systems

In an effort to increase flexibility for its customers throughout the world, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) announced today that MQ-9B will be able to utilize both the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and European Galileo satellite constellation for its navigation systems. The baseline MQ-9B was originally designed to include a triplex navigation system based […]

RUAS enter partnership with the British Army to accredit military drone pilots.

RUAS are delighted to announce a new training partnership with the Royal Artillery, the firepower to the British Army, to allow their unmanned aircraft pilots to gain the CAA-approved remote pilot accreditation. RUAS and the Royal Artillery have worked together to create a short-track course for military personnel already flying drones in Service. Whilst there […]

XBlades Drone sets Guinness World Record at 240km per hour

Goodwood, UK – Friday 13 July 2018: Today, the Vodafone XBlades Drone – the ‘Wingcopter XBR’* – has set a new drone speed world record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world’s greatest celebration of motorsport and car culture, which celebrates its Silver Jubilee this year. The Wingcopter XBR, piloted by World Champion drone racing pilot, […]

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