Building Your Own Drones

Building Your Own Drones : A Beginners' Guide to Drones, UAVs, and ROVs

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Absolutely no experience needed!
Build your drone, step-by-step, with this full-color, hands-on guide!



You've heard about drones. You've seen drones. Now, build your own-it's a lot easier than you think!



Drones are the newest frontier for the DIY/maker community, and you don't need to be a technical expert to build one. John Baichtal, the #1 author of hardware hacking books for beginners, will teach you all the skills you need.



First, Baichtal shows you the amazing drones others have built. Then, he walks you through several complete projects: quadcopters, UAVs, ROVs, and more. Not ready to start from scratch? No problem: Baichtal helps you choose from today's best new kits.



Hundreds of full-color step-by-step photos teach you every step, every skill. When you're ready for more advanced concepts, Baichtal explains them in plain English.



Discover what drones are and why they're so exciting
Explore today's most imaginative projects, from 3D-printed mini quadcopters to floating robot armies
Compare kits, from $200 up: Parallax ELEV-8, DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, OpenROV, Actobotics Nomad, Brooklyn Aerodrome Flack, and more
Create your own practical Drone Builder's Workbench
Build complete rocket, blimp, waterborne, and automotive drones
Construct both fully autonomous and radio-controlled drones
Choose and assemble your chassis (airframe), motor, props, flight control, power system, accessories, and software
Integrate Arduino to make radio-controlled drones operate autonomously
Teach a drone to navigate via RFID tags
Learn all the basic electronics and programming you'll need
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 191 x 232 x 26mm | 505g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • 078975598X
  • 9780789755988
  • 178,749

Table of contents

Introduction xiii
Who This Book Is For xiii
How This Book Is Organized xiii


Chapter 1 A History of Drones 1
What Is a Drone? 2
Three Terrrains 3
Anatomy of a Drone 5
Summary 7


Chapter 2 Showcase of Cool DIY Drones 9
Bicycle Rim Quadcopter 9
3D-Printed Mini Quadcopter 9
Clothesline Racer 11
Vessels 11
Radio-Controlled Blimp 12
FPV Quadcopter 12
Open RC Trike 14
Foldable Quadcopter 14
Mini-Quadcopter 15
3D-Printed RC Boat 16
Tricopter 17
Mecanum Wheel Rover 18
Summary 19


Chapter 3 Overview of Commercial Drones and Kits 21
Parallax ELEV-8 Quadcopter 21
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ 24
OpenROV 26
Actobotics Nomad 29
Brooklyn Aerodrome Flack 31
Summary 34


Chapter 4 Building a Quadcopter I: Choosing an Airframe 35
Which Airframe? 35
Choosing Between Commercial Options 37
Making Your Own Airframe 38
Project #1: MakerBeam Airframe 41
MakerBeam 41
Parts 43
Steps 44
Summary 50


Chapter 5 Rocket Drone Project 51
Amateur Model Rocketry 51
Quick-and-Dirty Arduino Guide 54
Project #2: Data-Gathering Rocket 60
Parts for Building the Data-Gathering Rocket 60
Steps for Building the Data-Gathering Rocket 61
Programming the Payload 65
Summary 67


Chapter 6 Building a Quadcopter II: Motors and Props 69
Choose Your Motors 70
Outrunner Versus Inrunner 70
Brushed Versus Brushless 71
AC Versus DC 72
Choose Your Propellers 73
Prop Adapters 74
Project #3: Attach the Props and Motors 75
Parts 76
Steps for Attaching the Props and Motors 77
Summary 80


Chapter 7 Blimp Drone Project 81
Radio Control 81
Transmitters 82
Receivers 83
ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) 83
Project #4: Blimp Drone 84
Parts 85
Arduino Parts 86
Steps 86
Autonomous Control with an Arduino 99
Code 100
Summary 102


Chapter 8 Building a Quadcopter III: Flight Control 103
Know Your ESCs 103
Common ESCs 105
Programming ESCs 106
Receiver 109
Flight Controller 110
Flight Controller Examples 111
Installing the Flight Electronics 114
Parts 114
Installing the ESCs 114
Installing the Flight Controller 114
Installing the Receiver 116
Summary 116


Chapter 9 Drone Builder's Workbench 117
Design It 117
Drive It 118
Measure It 120
Cut It 120
Wire It 121
Attach It 123
CNC It 124
Summary 126


Chapter 10 Building a Quadcopter IV: Power Systems 127
Choosing a Battery 128
Battery Types 128
Adding Bullet Connectors 130
Why Bullet Connectors? 130
Parts List 130
Steps for Adding Bullet Connectors 131
Assembling the Wiring Harness 137
Parts 138
Steps for Assembling the Wiring Harness 138
Wiring the Flight Controller and Receiver 143
Summary 145


Chapter 11 Waterborne Drone Project 147
Realities of Waterborne Electronics 148
Disadvantages of Waterborne Electronics 148
Advantages of Waterborne Electronics 148
Waterproofing Your Electronics 149
Sandwich Container 150
Pelican 1000-Series 151
Sealing a Tube 152
XBee Mesh Networking 153
Project: Soda Bottle Boat 154
Parts 155
Building the Drone 156
Building the Controller 166
Programming the Soda Bottle Boat 170
Summary 172


Chapter 12 Building a Quadcopter V: Accessories 173
Add Accessories to Your Quadcopter 174
Camera 174
First-Person Video (FPV) 175
Landing Gear 176
Parachute 176
Protective Plate or Dome 177
Prop Guards 178
Project: Adding Accessories to the Quadcopter 179
Install the Camera Mount 180
Install the Landing Gear 184
Install the Top Plate 186
Summary 189


Chapter 13 Making a Rover 191
Advantages and Disadvantages of Rovers 192
Advantages of Rovers 192
Disadvantages of Rovers 192
Chassis Options 193
3D Printed 193
Tamiya 194
mBot 194
Arduino Robot 195
Actobotics Bogie 196
Navigating with Radio Frequency Identification Tags 197
Project: RFID-Navigating Rover 199
Parts 200
Steps 200
Programming the RFID-Navigating Rover 217
Summary 220


Chapter 14 Building a Quadcopter VI: Software 221
Flight Control Software 222
OpenPilot 222
MultiWii 223
APM Planner 2.0 223
eMotion 224
AR.Freeflight 224
3DR Solo App 226
Configuring the MultiWii 226
Examining the MultiWii Control Sketch 228
Pre-Flight Checklist 229
Summary 230


Glossary 231


Index 237
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About John Baichtal

John Baichtal has written or edited over a dozen books, including the award-winning Cult of LEGO (No Starch Press, 2011), LEGO hacker bible Make: LEGO and Arduino Projects (Maker Media, 2012) with Adam Wolf and Matthew Beckler, Robot Builder (Que, 2014), and Basic Robot Building with LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (Que, 2012). His most recent book is Maker Pro (Maker Media, 2014), a collection of essays and interviews describing life as a professional maker. John lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children.
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