Adafruit Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Drones

Get your drone on! Here’s a selection of UAVs and accessories from Adafruit and around the web!

Available at Adafruit!


3DR Iris – autonomous multicopter – Iris is an all-in-one autonomous aerial vehicle with a compact and durable design. Stylish and powerful, Iris runs on the innovative Pixhawk autopilot system–the newest in advanced autopilot electronics from the PX4 open-hardware project. With wide-angled arms and a GoPro-compatible camera mount, Iris is perfect for any aerial imaging application. Add a GoPro Hero 3 for complete out-of-the-box aerial video capturing. (Read more)


Educational mini UAVs- Skill badge, iron-on patch – You built an educational mini UAV! Adafruit offers a fun and exciting “badges” of achievement for electronics, science and engineering. We believe everyone should be able to be rewarded for learning a useful skill, a badge is just one of the many ways to show and share. (Read more)


Educational mini UAVs- Sticker! – You built an educational mini UAV! Adafruit offers a fun and exciting stickers to celebrate achievement for electronics, science and engineering. We believe everyone should be able to be rewarded for learning a useful skill, a sticker is just one of the many ways to show and share. (Read more)


Arduino Due – assembled – Due – Put your Arduino project on TURBO mode with the high-speed, high-power Arduino Due! The Due cranks it up to 11 with an 84 MHz ARM core processor – 512K of FLASH storage! 96K of RAM! Both USB client and host! The Arduino Due is ideal for those who want to build projects that require high computing power. For example, remotely-controlled drones that, in order to fly, need to process a lot of sensor data per second – or an audio player that uses the built in Digital-to-Analog converter. (Read more)

Available Elsewhere


AR.Drone 2.0. Parrot New wi-fi Quadricopter

  • CAPTURE HD PHOTOS & VIDEOS – Amazing footage streamed and recorded directly to your smartphone using the inbuilt 720p HD camera.
  • FLY HIGH, FLY SAFE – The cutting edge EPP design of the AR.Drone 2.0 ensures it has a robust structure
  • PILOT LIKE A PRO – With a single touch to your screen, you can control your AR.Drone 2.0 to take-off, land, hover and flip!

(Read more)


DSLRPros – Ultimate Cinema Edition Aerial Kit – The DSLRPros Ultimate Cinema Edition Kit is hands down the most comprehensive, highest quality aerial cinematography platform for the GoPro Hero 3, at a remarkable price point never achieved before. Everything you need to immediately start flying and shooting professional, high production value, stabilized aerial video is here- built, tested, and ready to go! (Read more)


Scout 3 Carbon Fiber Quadcopter Kit – Scout’s carbon fiber quadcopter airframe provides a very strong yet lightweight airframe. Carbon fiber’s strength to weight ratio is far superior to aluminum or fiberglass. This gives Scout the ability to be both rugged and have the capability of long flight times. Frame is proudly 100% made in the USA.

The airframe features a modular design for future capabilities. The motor mounts holes are slotted to accept an array of different motors. Scout’s battery bay can accommodate a 11.1v 5800 mAh battery. Each frame plate has pre-drilled holes for mounting a wireless camera, sonar sensor and other accessories. (Read more)

Available from 3DR


3DR RTF Y6 – The 3DR Y6 features the award-winning APM 2.6 autopilot system and GPS navigation combined with a redundant multirotor design. 3DR RTF Y6 arrives completed wired and configured, just unfold the arms and legs, attach the propellers, and you’re ready to fly. As part of the APM:Copter family, the 3DR Y6 uses the full range of autonomous flight features supported by APM:Copter, including loiter, circle, return to launch, follow me, acrobatic flying mode, and more. Install free mission planning software to run pre-programmed waypoint missions and analyze flight data. Geofencing, robust failsafes, and a durable airframe provide preventative safety measures to give peace of mind. 3DR Y6 is a powerful and versatile solution for aerial photography or any autonomous flight application that can fold into a portable size for ease of transport. (Read more)


3DR Video/OSD System Kit – When safely operating autonomous vehicles, situational information is power. Having a live video stream from your aircraft with superimposed live telemetry data is the ultimate in situational awareness.

This component kit features everything you need to outfit your vehicle with onboard video transmission and telemetry overlay. (Read more)


Spektrum DX8 8CH Transmitter (No AR8000/TM1000) – Best radio with built-in telemetry you can get for your ArduCopter. Monitor your battery in real time and avoid crashes! DX8 also features the latest and most reliable 2.4Ghz technology, DSMX. Don’t worry with DX8 you can still use your old DSM2 receivers. (Read more)


Here are your 2013 shipping deadlines for ordering from Adafruit. Please review our shipping section if you have specific questions on how and where we ship worldwide for this holiday season.

UPS ground (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 13, 2013 – There is no guarantee that UPS Ground packages will arrive in time for Christmas.

UPS 3-day (USA orders): Place orders by Thursday 11am ET – December 19, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS 2-day (USA orders): Place orders by Friday 11am ET – December 20, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS overnight (USA orders): Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 23, 2013 – Arrive on 12/24/2013.

UPS International: Place orders by Monday 11am ET – December 16, 2013. Can take up extra time due to worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

Please note: We do not offer Saturday service for UPS.
Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, Christmas, no UPS pickup or delivery service.
Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, New Year’s Day, no UPS pickup or delivery service.

United States Postal Service, First Class and Priority (USA orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013 – Arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

USPS First class mail international (International orders): Place orders by Friday – November 22, 2013. Can take up to 30 days ore more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner, but not a trackable service cannot be guaranteed to arrive by 12/24/13.

USPS Express mail international(International orders): Place orders by Friday – December 13, 2013. Can take up to 15 days or more with worldwide delays and customs. Should arrive by 12/24/2013 or sooner.

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1 Comment

  1. Lovely list, however: I would suggest not the Spectrum remote but a the much more versatile turnigy 9X: hackable, mod-able, can be flashed with new firmware. They choice for every maker ;0)

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