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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
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  • ArduRover, a fully-autonomous ground-based vehicle system

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PL8: Returning a flying wing from a High Altitude Balloon - first autonomous glide tests

Posted by Tarik Agcayazi on January 8, 2020 at 1:30pm0 Comments

So, I started this project 2 years ago. Not cutting my hair until i finish it.

The High Altitude Balloon Return project aims to return a flying wing autonomously from a 100,000 feet. There's a lot of challenges associated with this. I tried to make my own flight…


Upgrading this site to Ning 3.0 (beta testers needed!)

Posted by Chris Anderson on January 7, 2020 at 6:38pm1 Comment

Hey, all 91,000 of you! After way too many years of an old-skool design here based on the original Ning network template of 2007, I'm thinking it's time to upgrade to the more modern Ning 3.0 service. It should be much more usable on mobile, big screens and otherwise the responsive, social-friendly platform you'd expect today.? It's also an…


Remote ID Proposal Outlaws Home-built RC Aircraft

Posted by Patrick McKay on December 30, 2019 at 1:16pm9 Comments

I want to clear up a myth about the FAA's proposed remote ID rules that I've been seeing floating around. People think that amateur home-built model aircraft will be largely unaffected by this, since they can just fly at AMA fields. Or people think that to build and fly…


Route Eagle 2380mm VTOL Long Range Airplane

Posted by Ellen Zhu on December 30, 2019 at 5:30am3 Comments

Route Eagle 2380mm VTOL Long Range Airplane

My friend install electronic parts for this VTOL long range airplane. You could see coating full set of this airplane as below"
From different angle of this…


A drone to reforest Brazil

Posted by lot on December 26, 2019 at 3:30am1 Comment

We spend the last month in Brazil in the University of Rondonopolis to build a drone for large scale restoration.

This is the video of the construction process. It can sow up to 10 kg of coated seeds in 10 minutes in 1 hectare.

Dronecoria was invited by the…


flying pancake intro and progress

Posted by crystal garris on December 19, 2019 at 5:00pm2 Comments

I am really happy with the way it hovers, now to add some elevons to help stabilize high speed forward flight



Adaptation of a ArduPilot Rover to an autonomous DonkeyCar

Posted by andre van calster on December 19, 2019 at 11:01am4 Comments

This video illustrates the adaptation of a ArduPilot Rover to the Artificial Intelligence DonkeyCar environment. This includes the adding-editing of 5 files of the DonkeyCar library. A linear AI model trained by behavioral cloning resulted in a satisfactory autonomous test drive.

DeltaQuad first mapping VTOL with 61 Megapixel sensor

Posted by sander on December 17, 2019 at 3:36am0 Comments

Vertical Technologies has successfully integrated the new Sony A7R mark IV on the DeltaQuad Pro #MAP VTOL UAV. This release marks the first VTOL mapping UAV that supports 61 megapixel mapping.

Earlier this year Sony announced the release of their highest resolution camera yet. the Sony Alpha 7R IV offers a full frame 61.0 MP…


Landing with strong wind using mRo x2.1-777

Posted by Pedro Matabuena on December 13, 2019 at 9:16pm2 Comments

During some tests that we carried out autonomously of the mRo navigation systems, while we flew, the wind began to blow very hard and we decided to suspend 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

UAV news from sUAS News

GoPro Karma Drone fix is in

Karma Core Appearing about an hour ago on their website some folks in social media land are having issues with the fix, so don’t rush in. Karma drones were seemingly bricked on New Year’s Eve with an error that prevented take off. many believe the error was in the companion computer. Anyhow, here’s the how How to […]

Phantom 4 Pro or RTK?

Over the past year or more the Phantom 4 RTK has become the popular entry-level mapping drone. But now with its older brother, the Phantom 4 Pro, back on the block, it’s worth taking a good look at how these drones go head to head on surveying and mapping. To bring the P4Pro up to […]

DB2 Vision – LaQuinta narrow-band multispectral sensor

LaQuinta DB2 Vision was established with the ambition to push the industry of AG Tech Imaging into a real end-user volume industry, by developing high-tech equipment all the way within reach of the individual farmer or agronomist.? Late 2019, after nearly 3.5 years of development, we were proud to introduce LaQuinta to the global market.? LaQuinta […]

Wingcopter – Head of Training

Do you want to shape the future of aviation? Do you want to make a difference by ensuring reliable drone operations worldwide? We at Wingcopter design innovative, high-performance drones that are operated all over the world in commercial and humanitarian operations. Our drone technology saves and improves lives every day. Be part of our unique […]

The African Drone and Data Academy in Malawi

UNICEF Malawi and the Government of Malawi have been spearheading the use of drones and data in international development and humanitarian context. In June 2016, they?opened the first drone testing corridor worldwide?as a technology-friendly environment for local and international drone companies to test their solutions. Since then, UNICEF Malawi has used drones for a wide […]

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