For the Do It Yourself (DIY) Folks
For some people, the fun is just as much about learning and building as it is flying and spying. If that sounds like your loveable geek, then check out the info on the DIY Drones website.
You might like to start with the APM 2.5 ArduPilot Mega 2.5 Fully Assembled System. This kit is the heart of a DIY Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle (UAV).
The ArduPilot alone doesn’t get you flying. You’ll also need a Radio Control (RC) remote with five or six channels, an RC receiver for on board the drone, a mini USB cable and something that flies to add the ArduPilot to. This guide and the DIY Drones website provides some recommendations on models that work well.
What it Does
Turns any fixed, rotary wing or multi-rotor model into a fully autonomous aerial drone. This Arduino compatible controller can navigate via GPS waypoints, log data, and comes with mission planner software for your ground station and firmware for the board.
Why it’s Cool
Whether you want to cruise or hover, you can build your dream drone based on proven technology. It’s open source, and there’s a significant community for support.