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HKPilot 2.5 - Unexpected Flip whilst Yawing

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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 home of ArduPilot, the world's first universal autopilot platform (planes, multicopters of all sorts and ground rovers). Today the Pixhawk and APM 2.6 autopilots run a variety of powerful free and open UAV software systems, including:

  • 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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Blog Posts

Erle Robot, the educational drone

Posted by Víctor Mayoral on April 21, 2014 at 2:31am 0 Comments

After some time following conversations here, I finally decided to introduce Erle, the educational drone:


For the last years I've been working in the robotics field, particularly with drones and after some time in several Universities and research centers I found many people (with much…


UAV Ultra Bright Nav / Ldg / Low Batt lights

Posted by Mark Massel on April 21, 2014 at 12:00am 0 Comments

We are pleased to announce our BL-NavLV Navigation / Landing lights and low battery warning product. Main features are:

- 8 (expandable up to 16) ultra bright LEDs which flash as commercial aircraft lights

- Navigation /…


More Amazing Rocket Footage Shot From Multirotor

Posted by AKRCGUY on April 20, 2014 at 12:40pm 12 Comments

Video of Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking its first test flight at our rocket development facility. F9R lifts off from a launch mount to a height of approximately 250m, hovers and then returns for landing just next to the launch stand. Early flights of F9R will take off with legs fixed in the down position. However, we will soon be transitioning to liftoff with legs…


Announcing The UAV Guide

Posted by The UAV Guide on April 20, 2014 at 10:54am 8 Comments

DIY Drones community,

We are proud to announce the launch of The UAV Guide, a centralized source…


Russian Heavy-LIft Hexacopter Breakthrough!

Posted by Oliver on April 20, 2014 at 9:30am 4 Comments

The Russian approach to aircraft design has always been famous for robustness and extreme simplicity, and this now extends to multicopters! Here's their latest, with these features: moving part count, zero;…


Speed Racer's Drone

Posted by Monroe Lee King Jr. on April 20, 2014 at 7:06am 2 Comments

Just some drone trivia the first flying "Drone" in a cartoon.  Named "Gizmo" was activated by pressing the big "G" in the middle of the Steering wheel.…


Angry goose takes down my UAV

Posted by Pedals2Paddles on April 20, 2014 at 7:00am 16 Comments

Preface: My fault, I should know better.  I've flown over to these geese on numerous occasions without incident. But this time I was controlling from further away and therefore my depth perception wasn't as keen.  I don't blame the goose all, however…


FPV intiation of my 11 yrs old son on a Pixhawk trainer quadcopter

Posted by Hugues on April 20, 2014 at 5:11am 11 Comments

If you're old enough, do you remember in the late 80's how we surpassed our own parents when first personal computers, commodore 64 and other Atari computers came out ? Well I feel…


Announcing the T4 Mini 250 Quadcopter

Posted by Brendan22 on April 20, 2014 at 12:30am 4 Comments

Joining the T6 hexacopter and very popular T4 quadcopter, the newest addition to the 3D printed "T"ubular family of multi-copters is the…


"Spain's ban on drones is a punch in the gut for its film industry"

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 19, 2014 at 9:47pm 12 Comments

From Quartz

Last October, Ridley Scott and more than a…



Season Two of the Trust Time Trial (T3) Contest 
A list of all T3 contests is here.

UAV news from sUAS News

Arcturus UAV Unveils JUMP Fixed Wing VTOL UAV

Arcturus UAV Unveils JUMP Fixed Wing VTOL UAV

Today Arcturus UAV unveils JUMP™, a vertical takeoff and landing system for their T-20 and T-16 fixed wing UAVs. Booms fitted with vertical lift motors and rotors are mounted to each wing to provide vertical lift for takeoff and landing.…

F9R First Flight Test

F9R First Flight Test

Multirotor footage just keeps getting better and better. Rocket launches seem to be the place to demonstrate that. Turn the volume up to 1. I would love to see what those cows did stage left when the rocket fired. Video…

Whirlybirds swoop through the skies

Whirlybirds swoop through the skies

Some days, when the weather is nice, the air above the Meadowbrook Farm’s open fields in Snoqualmie is filled with the hum of whirling rotors as remotely operated helicopters and planes fly overhead. These Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are complicated flying…

Fire service uses unmanned drone to tackle blaze in Blackrod

Fire service uses unmanned drone to tackle blaze in Blackrod

By Saiqa Chaudhari FIREFIGHTERS used an unmanned drone to tackle a blaze involving explosive gas cylinders. This picture — of the potentially explosive incident in Blackrod today — was captured using the “air imagery unit” which beams live images of…

Portuguese navy’s drone launch ends in embarrassing fail

Portuguese navy’s drone launch ends in embarrassing fail

The Portuguese navy unveiled its new state-of-the-art surveillance drone this week, but things didn’t exactly go to plan. It was launched in front of the nation’s media and Portugal’s defence minister at a Lisbon naval base, with disastrous results. ‘It…

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