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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

I'm new to all this--where do I start?                    Are amateur UAVs legal? (yes)

Examples of civilian uses of drones                   Glossary of confusing terms

Blog Posts

FDM Ag UAV

Posted by Eli Cohen on April 22, 2014 at 7:00pm 13 Comments

Hi all! Just wanted to share a project I have been involved with since last September. I was the TA for a class of students at Purdue University and we collaborated with students from Brigham Young University and Georgia Tech to create an almost entirely additive manufactured UAV for agricultural surveying. Boeing funded the program through their education wing and Stratasys was a huuuuuuuuuuuuuge help with printing our aircraft. 

Wingspan is 89" from winglet to…

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Paper-thin Arduino for a DIY blimp

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

From Makezine:

Want to build your own blimp? The folks at Ynvisible show you how to do just that with balloons, helium, balsa wood, paperclips, motors, and Printoo, …

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Don't mess with Texas Equusearch

Posted by Gary Mortimer on April 22, 2014 at 12:53pm 15 Comments

Gene and Trappys lawyer Brendan Schulman will be talking to Patrick on todays sUAS News podcast at 1330 PST.  Call in to ask any questions. It will be available to download from the link below after the show as well.…

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Self-learning copter uses neural networks

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 10:50am 1 Comment

From Hackaday:

Though this project uses an RC helicopter, it’s merely a vessel to demonstrate a fascinating …

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FAA announces investigation into drone use over Denver 420 rally

Posted by Chris Anderson on April 22, 2014 at 10:48am 37 Comments

From ABC News in Denver:

DENVER - The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday that it…

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Hover Mode for a fixed birotor VTOL

Posted by TheBadTomy . on April 22, 2014 at 6:38am 4 Comments

Hello everyone my name is Tomy and not so long I started to work on a birotor VTOL .

I'm a Automation and computer science student I want to implement a Hovering algorithm for my aircraft.

The main idea is that I will not use any RC equipment, all of it will be controlled from the onboard…

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Outdoors walking project with a portable desk accompanied by a drone

Posted by Benoit Pereira da Silva on April 22, 2014 at 12:30am 8 Comments

The project

A 7-day walk, along the GR70 in the Cévennes (France), with a portable desk prototype, during which :

  1. I will document on this site and relate my adventure on social media.
  2. I will create a photographic and video report using a follower drone.
  3. I will measure and publish an instrumental data stream in…
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Vulture 2 spaceplane livery wrapped

Posted by Lester Haines on April 21, 2014 at 10:46pm 8 Comments

Our Vulture 2 spaceplane is looking rather splendid, following a quick paintjob and vinyl wrap:…

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MyGeekShow Raising Money on Indiegogo for Flight Across USA

Posted by Trent at MyGeekShow on April 21, 2014 at 7:30pm 21 Comments

It is time! With three years of research behind us and less than two months left before the first flight on June 16th, it is time to gather all the equipment, reservations and team members together to make the USA trip!!

See all the details here:…

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UAV news from sUAS News

RC Airplane Flight Across the USA – MyGeekShow

RC Airplane Flight Across the USA - MyGeekShow

sUAS News has backed Trent so should you! A young man that has shown hard work pays off. His posts on DIY Drones have documented the challenges he has faced and knowledge acquired in a charming modest way. Back him here https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/rc-airplane-flight-across-the-usa-mygeekshow#home…

Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Concludes Last Phase of Small Unmanned Aircraft System Demonstration

Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Concludes Last Phase of Small Unmanned Aircraft System Demonstration

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. –The sunshine promises warmth, but the wind is brisk and biting. The grounds of the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore are wet from early morning rain, but there is no sign of the snow…

ECA Group acquires UAV copter maker Infotron for $10 million

ECA Group acquires UAV copter maker Infotron for $10 million

Groupe Gorgé, via their subsidiary ECA S.A., has acquired French UAV copter provider Infotron for €2.5 million and 375,000 shares of ECA – a combined value of around $10 million. The acquisition supplements ECA’s line of unmanned underwater and aerial devices and systems with…

Aviation Industry Innovator Named to Helm Virginia Tech’s FAA-approved Unmanned Aircraft Test Site

Aviation Industry Innovator Named to Helm Virginia Tech's FAA-approved Unmanned Aircraft Test Site

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 22, 2014 – A trailblazer in the field of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has been chosen to lead one of the six federally approved test sites working to safely introduce unmanned aircraft into the nation’s skies. Rose…

Transport Canada and RCMP investigate ‘unmanned air vehicle’ close to commercial flights

Transport Canada and RCMP investigate ‘unmanned air vehicle’ close to commercial flights

Transport Canada and the RCMP are investigating videos posted on YouTube showing an “unmanned air vehicle” flying near Vancouver International Airport and over Vancouver Harbour, the site of commercial float-plane operations. Transport Canada spokesman Rod Nelson said Tuesday the federal…

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