Isabelle Bousquet Quadcopter June 12th, 2018 - 14:02:00
Next I needed to decide what the frame was going to look like. The size of the motors was determined by the size of the frame and the payload. In other words the size of the camera I wanted to use was a key factor to how strong the quad needed to be. What material to use for the frame? Carbon? Aluminum? Fiberglass? We always want to use the best at first but reality soon sets in. I watched the video of another quadcopter made out of wood that flew beautifully. Wood was inexpensive and strong enough to meet my needs and it only cost about $5! There are many ways to build the frame. It would take far too long to describe all the decisions I had to make. We need to get to the flying! In the end I decided that designing my own custom frame was the way to go. I wanted to be really proud of my quad.
Fourth you will need a battery to power all the electronics. Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are the most popular batteries for the RC hobby. LiPo batteries are characterized by their number of cells (voltage) and capacity (mAh). Each LiPo cell has 3.7V so a 1S (1 cell) battery will be 3.7V a 2S battery will be 7.4V 3S 11.1 V and so forth. Capacity is rated in milliamp hours (mAh). The higher the number of mAh the longer the battery can power the quadcopter. Lastly you will need a frame to put all this onto. There are many commercially available quadcopter frames. Some are in the + configuration which means one of the arms acts as the "forward" orientation. Some are in the X configuration which means that "forward" is between two of the arms. There is also the H frame where forward is on the flat side of the H. H frame is great for FPV and aerial photography since the rotors are out of the way.
They appeal to all everybody and all ages too! Quadcopters are a huge amount of fun and they arent just for boys either! Girls also love being "pilots" and enjoying the thrill of commanding their drone either just around the skies or performing intricate stunts and manoeuvres. And these bad boys of the sky arent just for kids either. From as young as 7 years old right up to grandparents there is a drone or quadcopter that will suit. There is an absolutely HUGE range of quadcopters for sale that will cater to any budget and also please the most demanding of "pilots." From a small entry level quadcopter that can fit into the palm of your hand right up to an incredibly advanced... and expensive version that costs more than the average family car! Want four propellers? No problem? How about an eight propeller octocopter? Too easy! Want a protective circular cage around your drone or maybe perhaps even in the shape of a fighter jet? There are so many different options available to you! Just go down to your favorite RC store choose what you want and you are ready to go!
There are some safety precautions to protect yourself as well as the machine from damaging itself and crash landing and also other people to get hurt. Remember to pull down the throttle to zero if you see your quadcopter going out of control and about to crash or collide with something. Always stay away from spinning propellers or do not handle a quadcopter when the propellers are rotating. This happens when youre trying to teach someone else to fly and then try to pick it up. When the transmitter is in someone elses hands and it is on the propellers can start spinning anytime so be very careful! Not everybody can fly a quadcopter with confidence because of a number of different controls its sophisticated design and intricate machinery. Even taking it off the ground and keeping it in the air without damaging objects that come in between is an art to master. Beginners especially find it really hard to fly a quadcopter without experiencing crash landing. Follow the above-mentioned guide if you are trying to polish your piloting skills or wish to master this art to enjoy the activity to its fullest.