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Quadcopter Failio

Delayed update because I’ve been having a bitch of a time getting my quadcopter to work properly. First, the documentation on how things were supposed to be wired up was just plain wrong, but once I get that straightened out, I still couldn’t really get it off the ground. Come to find out, and I hope I didn’t ruin my battery, but the motors are underpowered for the weight. Weighing the quadcopter, it is about 1....

Quadcopter Build Day One

Controller Setup Transmitter Configuration The first order of business is the bind the receiver to the transmitter and configure the transmitter for . This is necessary since you don’t want stray transmitters to be able to control your quadcopter. I found a pretty good guide for the Hobby King transmitter that I have. I ended up using t6config because turborix didn’t work correctly on my computer. The settings that I used are as follows for the different sections:...

Change of Flight Controller

My MultiWii board was missing pins and has zero documentation, so I decided to return it and get the KK2.0 because it’s well documented, well supported, and has some good features. It’s lacking the automatic gimbal control for cameras, but whatever. The price was roughly the same....

Quadcopter Parts, Final List

IMPORTANT UPDATE! I forgot to order one part! DOH! So my kit is not complete when these orders come in. You need a programming cable for the transmitter. Otherwise, you can’t change the settings. This is the one you need. USB cable to program transmitter The Final Parts The last pieces needed to put the quad together have been ordered. Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) You need four of these bad boys, and I decided to be lazy and order a 4-in-1 ESC that has 4x20A ESCs with BEC (battery elimination cutoff?...

Quadcopter Parts, Order 2

So I decided on motors and a flight controller, now all that is left are the ESCs and a battery charger. Motors I’m on the fence about these. Technically they will work, but have literally no shaft, so I’m not sure if my props will work with them. Luckily, props are cheap, so stay tuned. They look like this (click picture to go to HobbyKing, if you are following along at home):...

Quadcopter Parts, Order 1

As part of my work’s Maker group, we are building quadcopters, so I’m going to document and record what I do to build my quadcopter, so that maybe it can help you build one if you so chose. My goal for the quadcopter is to be able to take video and photos using a GoPro. Since I don’t have the GoPro yet, I’ll use my contour for my testing because I don’t care if it crashes and burns or gets lost since it’s considerably cheaper than the GoPro....