Building Your Custom Open Source Drone: Course Update 

 August 3, 2023

By  Peter

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I am thrilled to announce that we have updated “Make an Open Source Drone”!

Diving into the world of quadcopters, the updated ‘Make an Open Source Drone’ course stands as a comprehensive guide for beginners and enthusiasts alike. This course delivers an end-to-end process of creating your own drone, featuring a stable flight tailored to your specifications with independently sourced components.

One of the unique aspects of the course is the freedom of choice when it comes to flight controllers. You have the liberty to experiment with three different flight controllers – a cost-effective entry-level 8-bit module based on the Atmega2860 microcontroller and two advanced, 32-bit ARM microprocessor-based controllers: the fully-loaded premium Pixhawk 4 and the minimalistic, economical Mateksys F405TE.

The course kicks off with an introduction to drone basics. You’ll gain familiarity with the types of multi-rotor drones, flight terminology, and an overview of essential drone components such as propellers, motors, flight controllers, and more.

Transitioning into the practical realm, the course guides you through the drone’s construction. Each process is explained meticulously, from soldering Electronic Speed Controllers to motors, assembling drone arms, connecting the power distribution board, to installing the radio control subsystem.

The course doesn’t shy away from the technical intricacies of drone operations. You’ll learn about LiPo batteries, battery chargers, safety protocols, and maintenance procedures. The course also covers crucial software knowledge such as firmware, drone calibration, and the usage of open-source Mission Planner software.

Following construction, you’ll be ready to test your quadcopter in the field, developing and honing your pilot skills. But the learning doesn’t stop there. The course wraps up with a section dedicated to upgrading your flight controller from the basic 8-bit module to the more powerful Pixhawk 4 or Matek F405TE controllers for an improved flight experience.

The updated ‘Make an Open Source Drone’ course is a sure way to empower yourself with knowledge, enabling you to build and configure drones while having an enjoyable learning experience. Remember to check the next lecture for a list of necessary parts for the course.

Read all about this course and enrol here.


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