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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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Basic Air Data 8mm Pitot Tested in Wind Tunnel

Posted by Jose.L.Jr on March 24, 2017 at 1:30pm 9 Comments

We've been told that the Basic Air Data, DIY oriented 8 mm probe performed well within a wind tunnel 

You can read the article…


Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Naza-M V2

Posted by Kristaps Brass on March 24, 2017 at 12:00am 1 Comment

This is the second instalment in a series in which we test the precision of different drones and autopilots by flying them on a standard photogrammetry mission created in UgCS.

Last week we published a test of DJI Phantom 4 where we tested the precision of this drone on our photogrammetry route. In…


Synthetic camera offers FPV purely as a software solution

Posted by Martin Rüedi on March 23, 2017 at 2:38pm 8 Comments

This is my second post in the series called "FlightZoomer 3 Innovation Previews". The first was this one: Maximized terrain awareness for drone pilots

The innovation highlight presented in the video…


2017 Ardupilot Un-Conference Talks and field demonstartions, Andrew Tridgell, Paul Riseborough

Posted by Olivier on March 23, 2017 at 1:39pm 11 Comments

The Ardupilot Development Team held an "un-conference" (aimed at developers) in Canberra, Australia last month. The conference included several talks, along with flying in the field.

Ardupilot developers present included  well-known Plane, Copter and Rover  leads Andrew Tridgell, Randy…


A serious upgrade for UAV - batteries assembled with cylindrical li-ion cells

Posted by Cristian Miuta on March 23, 2017 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Systems batteries for UAVs for longest flights and capable of lifting heavy payloads.

Panasonic NCR18650GA li-ion cells. High energy density. Never compromise. Ultra durable.

Battery quality is extremely…


OpenMV computer vision board now supports MAVLink, can appear as optical flow or AprilTag sensor

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 22, 2017 at 10:30am 4 Comments

I love the OpenMV board, a $65 open source computer vision module that combines a camera and powerful M7 processor with a nice built-in Micropython interpreter and OpenCV-like computer vision library. It's also got a fantastic IDE that makes using…


Quaternium HYBRiX at XPONENTIAL 2017

Posted by Jose Luis Cortes on March 22, 2017 at 10:17am 0 Comments

Hi Guys!

This year we will be at XPONENTIAL 2017 (May 8-11, Dallas). We have a small booth for startups. We are very excited because it is the first fair we attend in the United States.…


Atomo is Like LEGO for Electronics

Posted by Shannon Morrisey on March 21, 2017 at 4:54am 1 Comment

Cool Atomo prototyping kits from HK.

"There are a number modules, including I/O boards, network expansion boards and even power supplies for bigger projects. For example, the project below has four I/O adapters and a power supply all connected to a Raspberry Pi. This means you can do some really interesting things with robotics and even…


RaspberryPi hits 12.5m boards sold

Posted by Chris Anderson on March 17, 2017 at 2:10pm 1 Comment

From The Verge:

The official Raspberry Pi magazine just announced that over 12.5 million of the…



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

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SkyOne from Sky X

skyone SkyOne, a tailsitter to add to the one to watch list. It looks very slick! It is a quad flying wing combo, much like the Shark Tank funded XPlusOne from xCraft. Sky X are a Canadian company with offices in Markham and Calgary the SkyOne is cleverly targeted at the linear inspection market. That to […]

Dutch start-up develops Dogdrones to fight dog poo problem

No really, no you have to keep reading it’s the market. Also it is Friday, please feel free to discuss this one down the pub, GM., a Dutch dog website, and its partner Space53, an international test center for drones, developed two Dogdrones to fight dog poo. The two Dogdrones – Watchdog 1 (WD1) […]

SolAero Technologies provides solar power for NRL’s Solar-Soaring UAV Project

SolAero SolAero Technologies Corp. (SolAero), a leading provider of high-efficiency solar cells, solar panels, and composite structural products for satellite and aerospace applications, announced today that it had delivered its high performance, lightweight solar cell technology to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) to power its Solar-Soaring UAV demonstrator. SolAero’s specially designed UAV-TJ high-efficiency solar cells […]

SRC’s Silent Archer™ Counter-UAS Solution to be Showcased at Navy Sea Air Space Expo

silent archer NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. SRC is prepared to support the U.S. Navy with state-of-the-art technologies to combat the emerging UAS threat. The company’s Silent Archer counter-UAS technology will be showcased April 3-5, 2017, at the Navy League’s Sea Air Space Exposition in booth 2725. SRC’s counter-UAS technology is currently in production and has been used to […]

UAV Market Takes off for Intelligent Energy

Intelligent Energy LOUGHBOROUGH, England & SAN JOSE, Calif. Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air-cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the Company moves forward with the commercialization of its technology. PINC uses UAVs to identify and orchestrate […]

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