DIY consumer drone : Build your own consumer drone
Whether you like them or hate them, drones are here to stay. Drones (UAV) have played a pivotal role in the way on terror and has helped in a plethora of humanitarian aide scenarios as well. With the costs of building these drones going down rapidly we are going to take a few moments to cover some of the things you will need to consider when trying to build your very own drone. The good news is there is a plethora of DIY resources available that will shorten the learning curve for beginners so without further delay it is time to begin the overview.
Level Of Autonomy : Do you want the drone to be controlled via remote control or do you want it to run autonomously by itself. This is a very big question that should not be taken lightly while a remote controlled drone is more inexpensive to build than units that are autonomous you will need to make sure the drone has batteries and sufficient power and the remote control being used is always within sight of the drone to function, this is great for people who want to test their designs but if you are looking for the ultimate level of drone fun autonomous is the way to go.
Some of the challenges you will face when building an autonomous drone include the use of sensors, GPS and installing software that will give the drone a “brain” to make decisions with. Along with those features you will also need a way to access the drone remotely so you can see what is happening around it. All of this may seem overwhelming or expensive but rest assured just about any person can build a drone with a modest budget so do not worry. Once you have a general idea of how you want the drone to operate you can move forward to the next step which is designing the actual unit.
Designing The Drone : You will need to come up with some sketches of how you want the drone to look. These sketches do not have to be very complex but it should give a clear outline of how the drone is going to look and whether it will have special features/functions. There will be resources available to help you select the right design for your needs so do not worry about not knowing what to do or how to proceed.
Selecting The Right Engine : In order to make the most of this experience you will need to select the right engine for the drone. Will the engine be gasoline or battery powered? This is a very important question since each has their own unique set of features and benefits. With the gasoline powered engine you will get more power but there will be a considerable amount of noise. If you decided to use an electric motor powered by batteries then you will need to select the batteries that will produce the greatest amount of electricity possible while weighing the least. Weight is one of the biggest factors you will need to deal with when trying to build a drone. What you need to do is take the total lift capacity of the engine and then minus the weight of it and that is the total serviceable load. Now that you know how much weight the engine can carry you will need to look at how far the engine can operate. Along with the maximum amount weight you should look at how far the drone can fly with either a full battery charge or full tank of fuel.
Features And Functions Of The Drone : You will need to think about what specific tasks or functions you want the drone to perform while it is in operation. This is something you will need to carefully consider or it could lead to frustrations later on. Something that you could do to make things easier is create a versatile drone that is capable of doing multiple tasks or things at the same time. By using that particular approach you stand a better chance of reducing frustration.
Needs Vs Wants : Since this is your first time building a drone you are going to face a plethora of questions and will need to give some serious thought to both your wants and needs. The reason you have to juggle between these is you will have a limited budget and frankly speaking there is only so much the drone can carry or do. This is where the DIY community comes into play, by reaching out to others for guidance and advice you will save precious time, money and take your building experience to an entirely new level.
Have Fun With It : One of the most important things to keep in mind when building a drone is to have fun. There is a huge variety of variables that you will need to deal with which could cause stress but what you shouldn’t do is over think these things but instead try to have fun. The whole point of building a drone was to see what actually goes into the process and at the same time develop your engineering skills. You and your family will have countless hours of fun building and using these drones so it is something that is really worth your time investigating. Just remember that everyone can build these drones with relative ease so do yourself a favor and give it a try, you will be happy you did.