Building a Quadcopter with Arduino

Design, build, and fly your personal quadcopter using market electronics to capture incredible photographs and record phenomenal videos

Building a Quadcopter with Arduino

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Vasilis Tzivaras

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Design, build, and fly your personal quadcopter using market electronics to capture incredible photographs and record phenomenal videos
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Book Details

ISBN 139781785281846
Paperback124 pages

Book Description

Quadcopters, also known as quadrotors, are gaining more and more popularity in today's world. With the help of these devices, anyone can have an “eye in the sky” and can monitor any place at any time. You can capture photographs and once a while and perform automated tasks. In this book, you will be informed about all the basic modules and electronics needed to fly a simple quadcopter. You’ll delve deep to create a fully-functional quadcopter quickly with the help of Arduino boards. Through this book, you’ll develop the skills needed to build a DIY drone that can capture pictures and record videos.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Quadcopters
Basic components
Basic categories
Flight dynamics
Applications
Future potential
Comparison with other aerial vehicles
Summary
Chapter 2: Hardware Overview
Radio transmitter and receiver (TX/RX)
Motors and propellers
Electronic speed controllers
Battery and charger
Radio transmitter and receiver
Summary
Chapter 3: Creating a Frame
Market versus DIY
Materials
Frame shapes
Summary
Chapter 4: Soldering the Electronics
Bullet connectors
Motors
ESC
Soldering a banana connection
Soldering a T connector
Soldering the PDB
Summary
Chapter 5: Electronics Installation
Motor installation
Mounting the propeller
Installing the ESC
Connecting the receiver
Powering up
Summary
Chapter 6: Flight Controller Setup
About Mission Planner
Uploading firmware
Connecting ArduPilot
Calibrating ArduPilot
Summary
Chapter 7: Flight Instructions
Preflight checklist
Motor checks
Securing connections
Transmitter voltage and settings
Balancing the weight
Location and environment
Signal interference
Long distance flights
Unscheduled landings
Summary
Chapter 8: Cameras and Extra Functions
Camera for photographs
Camera for FPV
Failsafe parachute landing
Servo mechanism
LED strips
Arduino boards
GPS systems
Summary
Chapter 9: Repair and Maintenance
Crash analysis
Common issues
Maintaining your craft
Cleaning the motors
Voltage testing
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Review and choose the most suitable material for the build
  • Set up and calibrate all of your electronic parts
  • Control and fly your quadcopter taking into account the weather conditions
  • Maintain your vehicle as much as possible and repair it whenever required
  • Engineer the structure of your vehicle
  • Develop a flight controller with its basic principles
  • Eliminate possible malfunctions in the future
  • Repair your drone if it crashes or faces any damage

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Quadcopters
Basic components
Basic categories
Flight dynamics
Applications
Future potential
Comparison with other aerial vehicles
Summary
Chapter 2: Hardware Overview
Radio transmitter and receiver (TX/RX)
Motors and propellers
Electronic speed controllers
Battery and charger
Radio transmitter and receiver
Summary
Chapter 3: Creating a Frame
Market versus DIY
Materials
Frame shapes
Summary
Chapter 4: Soldering the Electronics
Bullet connectors
Motors
ESC
Soldering a banana connection
Soldering a T connector
Soldering the PDB
Summary
Chapter 5: Electronics Installation
Motor installation
Mounting the propeller
Installing the ESC
Connecting the receiver
Powering up
Summary
Chapter 6: Flight Controller Setup
About Mission Planner
Uploading firmware
Connecting ArduPilot
Calibrating ArduPilot
Summary
Chapter 7: Flight Instructions
Preflight checklist
Motor checks
Securing connections
Transmitter voltage and settings
Balancing the weight
Location and environment
Signal interference
Long distance flights
Unscheduled landings
Summary
Chapter 8: Cameras and Extra Functions
Camera for photographs
Camera for FPV
Failsafe parachute landing
Servo mechanism
LED strips
Arduino boards
GPS systems
Summary
Chapter 9: Repair and Maintenance
Crash analysis
Common issues
Maintaining your craft
Cleaning the motors
Voltage testing
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781785281846
Paperback124 pages
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