Homebrew UAV

The term UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is usually applied to military grade drone aircraft that can be flown remotely. In the world of radio controlled model aircraft, it is becoming practical to install computer control and telemetry that allows the plane to fly itself without direct human control.

Make Your Own Unmanned Aerial Vehicle – Chris Anderson – [youtube.com]

DIY UAVs – [youtube.com]

DIY DRONES – [diydrones.com]

This is a site for all things about amateur Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Use the tabs above to navigate the site.

These are our Arduino-based open source autopilot projects:
* ArduPilot, a low-cost autopilot system for planes, quadcopters and helis.
* BlimpDuino, an autonomous blimp with both infrared and ultrasonic guidance

Other UAV/autopilot projects and code, by processor and OS type, are here.
Earlier DIY Drones projects, including Lego and cellphone autopilots, are here

A newbie’s guide to UAVs – [diydrones.com]

What is an amateur UAV?

A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is an aircraft that has the capability of fully autonomous flight, without a pilot in control. Amateur UAVs are non-military and non-commercial. They typically fly under “recreational” exceptions to FAA regulations on UAVs, so long as the pilots/programmers keep them within tight limits on altitude and distance. Usually the UAV is controlled manually by Radio Control (RC) at take-off and landing, and switched into autonomous mode only at a safe altitude.

What do I need to make one?

* An RC plane
* An autopilot
* Optional: a useful “payload”, such as a digital camera or video transmission equipment

ArduPilot Mega home page – [diydrones.com]

ArduPilot Mega is an open source, Arduino-compatible, pro-quality autopilot. It consists of a main processor board available from Sparkfun for $59) and an IMU shield that fits on top of it (available from the DIY Drones store for $149). The two are shown mated above. Add a GPS module and Xbee wireless models for telemetry and you have a complete autopilot solution.

Build your own Predator UAV (Shmoocon 2010) – [securitytube.net]
Michael Weigand at Shmoocon 2010

Nitro Planes – [nitroplanes.com]

ServoCity – [servocity.com]

World of FPV & UAV Flying – [fpvflying.com]

Wi-Fi Aerial Surveillance Platform

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