​A fun project in which you learn about drones by making one.

Use the Pixhawk or Multiwii AIO flight controllers

Make an Open Source Drone

Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

​Want to learn about drones, not just unboxing one made in a factory?

These two courses will ​teach you how to build yours from components that you can find in the market. 

You will learn about how drones work, about their individual components and their software.

​When you complete the first course, you will have a quad-copter that you can pilot in stable and manual flight. ​

​When you complete the second course, the same quad-copter ​will be able to pilot itself, and flawlessly execute a mission you have designed.​

With Make an Open Source Drone, you will understand drones and how to build a drone. You will learn about drone mechanical and electronic components and how they interact. You will learn about the software that provides semi-autonomous flight capabilities to drones.

Motors, flight controllers, Electronic Speed Controllers, batteries and chargers, receivers and transmitters, and so much more, will all make sense as you progress through this course and go through the process of assembling your drone.

By the end of the course, apart from being able to assemble your drone, you will have the confidence to perform repairs and to extend its capabilities.

Along the way, you will learn about the principles of drones and many design and performance details for each of the components and software. With this knowledge, you will be able to go on and construct your own drones, configure and program them, all while having a great time doing so.
​Motors, flight controllers, Electronic Speed Controllers, batteries and chargers, receivers and transmitters, and so much more, will all make sense as you progress through this course and go through the process of assembling your drone.

By the end of the course, apart from being able to assemble your drone, you will have the confidence to perform repairs and to extend its capabilities.

Along the way, you will learn about the principles of drones and many design and performance details for each of the components and software. With this knowledge, you will be able to go on and construct your own drones, configure and program them, all while having a great time doing so.
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 second 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.

​What are our students saying...

​Loved this course, best course and comprehensive source to build your own quadx drone.

​Jason Crook
Make an Open Source Drone

​An inspiring and fun course. I feel motivated to continue learning about drones!

​Carlos Isaac Espinosa Ramirez

​Make an Open Source Drone

​It was a very detailed course which helped with a lot of tips and tricks to build an own drone. I will use this knowledge during the development of my own drone. Thank you!

​Balint Gembicki

​Make an Open Source Drone

​Very well articulated course. I enjoyed it so much. Thank you, Dr. Peter.

​Sani Abdullahi

​Make an Open Source Drone

​An inspiring and fun course. I feel motivated to continue learning about drones!

​Carlos Isaac Espinosa Ramirez

​Make an Open Source Drone

​Peter does deliver very clearly about every components and how they works and synergy with each other. I recommend this course to other student with no prior knowledge about drone.

​Briant Stevanus

​Make an Open Source Drone

​Another great course by Peter. This one expands on his previous course on building an open source drone by talking about how you can modify it for image/picture capture, mission planning and other small details. As always Peter is a great instructor to listen too and covers more than enough in the subject to get you going. Great course and well worth the time if you are interesting in quad copters.

​LarryB

​Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

​This is my second course with Dr. Peter Dalmaris. He is the best. I made my drone by myself and all the credits goes to him. Thank you very much for this course. I would appreciate if there would be more drone courses related to drone follow drone, ROS etc.

​Dr. Alok Pratap

​Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

​This is an amazing course. I will recommend this course. With no background in Electronics but I am very successful in understanding all the concepts. Thank you 5 stars.

​Theophilus Siameh

​Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

​I have a very similar quadcopter and the same transmitter very cool it can be upgraded so easily

​Steven Staines

​Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

​What about the hardware?

This course requires ​several components to complete. ​For example, ​you will need a frame, a flight controller, motors, propellers and batteries.


This hardware is not included in this course, and you must source it separately.


​You can find a complete listing of the hardware you will need for this course in the course hardware page.

What's in this two-course series?

Make an Open Source Drone

In this course, you will understand how drones work and how to build them.


You will learn about their mechanical and electronic components and how they interact.


You will learn about the software that provides semi-autonomous flight capabilities to drones.


Here’s what’s in the course:

  • ​Understand the different types of multi-rotor drones.
  • ​Understand flight terminology.
  • ​Understand the principles of drone flight.
  • ​Understand the roles of propellers, motors, flight controller, ESC in drone flight.
  • ​Understand the use of LiPo batteries and their use.
  • ​Understand the use of GPS in drone flight.
  • ​Understand how to bind a radio receiver and transmitter.
  • ​Understand the necessary drone pre-flight checks.
  • ​Understand the basic safety and legal requirements involved in recreational drone flight.
  • ​Assemble a quad-copter from parts available in the market.
  • ​Learn how to use the Pixhawk flight controller.
  • ​Use the open source Mission Planner software to configure a drone.
  • ​Practice flying their quad-copter and fun while becoming a better pilot​.

Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

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.


Here’s what’s in the course:

  • ​Improve the features of your FlySky radio controller so that you can take full advantage of the hardware.
  • ​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.
  • ​Configure fail-safes to prevent avoidable injuries and damage to your drone.
  • ​Record high-definition flight video and transmit first-person video to a monitor on the ground.
  • ​Setup and configure flight modes.
  • ​Design simple and more complicated missions that your drone can execute on its own.
​Make an Open Source Drone

​A fun project in which you learn about drones by making one.​

  • ​Video course (no ​hardware).
  • ​3 articles.
  • ​5 downloadable resources
  • ​Full lifetime access
  • ​Study at your own pace. There is no formal start and end date.
  • 15-day money back guarantee
  • Access to the course Community Space, because learning is social
  • Certificate of Completion.
​Make an Open Source Drone: more fun

​Go past the basics​: explore some of the most exciting features and capabilities of your drone

  • ​4 hours on-demand video
  • ​3 articles
  • ​Full lifetime access
  • ​Study at your own pace. There is no formal start and end date.
  • 15-day money back guarantee
  • Access to the course Community Space, because learning is social
  • Certificate of Completion.

​List of lectures

Make an Open Source Drone

Introduction
What is this course about​
Parts and Tools
Crius or Pixhawk? Read this before you continue


Multi-copter drone basics
Introduction
Types of multi-rotor drones
Roll, pitch, yaw
Controlling the motors

Procuring the right parts
Terminology
Propellers
Battery and charger, Part 1
Battery and charger, Part 2
Flight controller and peripherals
Other tools and things
Conclusion


ESC and motors
Introduction
Preparation for soldering
Attach the connectors to the ESC wires
Attach the connectors to the motor wires
Conclusion


Power distribution board and assembly
Introduction
About the power distribution board
Solder the ESCs to the power distribution board
Attach the battery wires and connector to the power distribution board
Conclusion


Main body assembly
Introduction
Attach motors to arms
Attach the arms to the power distribution board, Part 1
Attach the arms to the power distribution board, Part 2
Conclusion


Flight controller and peripherals
Introduction
Signalling options, Part 1
Signalling options, Part 1
Setup radio receiver and flight controller to use PWM
Connect flight controller and GPS module, Part 1
Connect flight controller and GPS module, Part 2
Connect flight controller and GPS module, Part 3
Connect flight controller and GPS module, Part 4
Attach flight controller and peripherals to chassis
Connect flight controller to ESCs
Conclusion


Battery and charger
Introduction
How to charge the battery
Fasten the battery to the drone
Conclusion


The firmware
Introduction
Clear the EEPROM
Download and install firmware
Conclusion


The transmitter
Introduction
Binding receiver and transmitter
Understanding your transmitter
Conclusion


Mission Planner
Introduction
Download and install Mission Planner Part 1
Mission Planner setup Part 2
Mission Planner setup Part 3
Test the GPS module
Conclusion


Getting ready to Fly
Introduction
ESC calibration
Attach the propellers
Safety and legal issues
Conclusion


Test flight
Introduction
Lets fly Part 1
Lets fly Part 2
Conclusion


An upgrade using the Pixhawk flight controller
800 - Section introduction
810 - Why upgrade- The Pixhawk flight controller
820 - Disassembly
830 - A review of the upgrade components
840a - Assembly Part 1 - Propellers
840b - Assembly Part 2 - ESC red wire insulation
840c - Assembly Part 3 - Pixhawk base
840d - Assembly Part 4 - GPS antenna
840e - Assembly Part 5 - Pixhawk assembly
840f - Assembly Part 6 - Buzzer, safety button, power module
840g - Assembly Part 7 - Wirings
840h - Verify wiring in Mission Planner
840i - Battery and power connections
850 - Attach the propellers
860 - Calibration and test flight


Conclusion
Conclusion

Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

Introduction
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 - Fail-safes Introduction
2160 - Radio fail-safe (transmitter loss of connection)
2170 - Geo-fencing
2180 - Battery fail-safe
2195 - Test flight: geo-fencing


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?

The course instructor is Peter Dalmaris, PhD.

Peter has created over 20 other courses on technology education.

He is the author of Maker Education Revolution, a book on how making is changing the way we learn and teach.

He is also the host of Stemiverse, a podcast in which he discusses education and STEM with the shakers and movers of technology and science education from around the world.

​Make an Open Source Drone

​A fun project in which you learn about drones by making one.​

  • ​Video course (no ​hardware).
  • ​3 articles.
  • ​5 downloadable resources
  • ​Full lifetime access
  • ​Study at your own pace. There is no formal start and end date.
  • 15-day money back guarantee
  • Access to the course Community Space, because learning is social
  • Certificate of Completion.
​Make an Open Source Drone: more fun

​Go past the basics​: explore some of the most exciting features and capabilities of your drone

  • ​4 hours on-demand video
  • ​3 articles
  • ​Full lifetime access
  • ​Study at your own pace. There is no formal start and end date.
  • 15-day money back guarantee
  • Access to the course Community Space, because learning is social
  • Certificate of Completion.

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