DIY Drones is the home for everything about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Focused on non-commercial, civilian projects by amateurs, DIY Drones is explicitly built as a social network, meaning that the community is as important as the content.
The aims of the DIY Drones project range from a fun technical challenge, student contests, aerial photography, mapping (‘GeoCrawling’) and scientific sensing. It concentrates on the accessible end of the amateur UAV world, with a target cost for all platforms of less than $1000 in order to include student and high school groups. The key aim is to create new, amateur platforms for student competition, which are safe under the interpretation of local Flight Authority guidelines (with appropriate clearance). No discussion of military or weaponized applications of UAVs is permitted on the site. The site has an exceptionally good store, selling everything you need to Do-It-Yourself.
The DIY Drone community created the Arduino-based ArduPilot, the world’s first universal autopilot.