In our first drone course “Make an Open Source Drone”, you learned how to build a quadcopter based on open source software and hardware.

You now have a modern programmable aircraft and a good understanding of the principles of drone flight and of the skills needed to enjoy being a drone pilot.

In this course, you’ll take your knowledge and skill to the next level. You’ll go past the basics and explore some of the most exciting features and capabilities of your drone.

Your drone, from simply reacting to your radio instructions, will look as if it has a mind of its own, and fly itself.

I promise, the first time you experience your drone flawlessly execute a mission, you will feel proud and thrilled.

By the end of this course, you’ll learn:

  • how to improve the features of your FlySky radio controller so that you can take full advantage of the hardware,
  • How to set up radio telemetry between your computer and the drone so that you can track and control your drone from your computer in real time,
  • How to configure fail-safes to prevent avoidable injuries and damage to your drone,
  • How to record high-definition flight video and transmit first-person video to a monitor on the ground,
  • How to setup and configure flight modes,
  • And most important, how to design simple and more complicated missions that your drone can execute on its own.

I invite you to review the free lectures in the first section of this course to find out more details about it.

If you are excited about learning how to to make your open source drone even more fun, join many other Makers and me in “Make an Open Source Drone: More fun”!

2000 – About this course
List of parts
How to ask a question
What to do if you find an error

2 – Flysky FS-i6 firmware upgrade
2030 – Flysky FS-i6 firmware upgrade Introduction
2040 – Upgrade objectives and tools
2050 – Download firmware installer and upgrade process
2065 – How to unbrick your controller
2067 – Re-bind transmitter and receiver
2070a – Transmitter calibration
2070b – Transmitter calibration
2080 – Subtrim calibration

3 – Radio Telemetry
2100 – Radio Telemetry introduction
2105a – Setup the radio telemetry hardware
2105b – Configure the radio telemetry net ID
2110 – Setup channels using a serial monitor
2120a – Connect and test radio telemetry
2120b – Using APM Planner on Mac OS
2130 – Radio telemetry test flight

4 – Failsafes
2150 – Failsafes Introduction
2160 – Radio failsafe (transmitter loss of connection)
2170 – Geofencing
2180 – Battery failsafe
2195 – Test flight: geofencing

5 – Cameras
2210 – Introduction to drone cameras
2220 – Setup the HD recording camera Firefly Q6
2240 – Test footage of the HD recording camera
2250 – Setup of the FPV camera
2260 – Setup of the FPV monitor

6 – Flight modes
2300 – Introduction to flight modes
2310 – Basic flight modes
2320a – Setup flight modes on RC switches
2320b – Super Simple Mode and Simple Mode
2325 – How to change flight mode parameters
2330 – Test flight- flight modes

7 – Mission planning
2410 – Introduction to mission planning
2420a – Simple Mission design
2420b – Simple Mission simulation
2420c – Simple Mission upload to drone
2420d – Simple Mission refetch a map segment
2430 – Create a more advanced Mission
2440 – Agricultural-type mission
2450 – Polygon fencing
2455 – Test flight- Mission

8 – Power
2470 – Introduction to Power
2480 – Pixhawk ESC secondary power
2500 – Battery tester

9 – Conclusion
What’s next?

Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

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