2) Download & Install: Win32diskimager Tool which Installs ISO on microSD card)
3) Upload Raspbian ISO to SD Card using win32diskimager
Flight Control Software (Autopilot)
There are two main free flight controllers Ardupilot and PX4. I think they both are good. They have very strong community which as I have noticed works all week to make their software as best as possible. Ardupilot is more mature flight controller which I think also supports more platforms rovers and subs. On the other hand PX4 as I have read is more advance in accordance to multicopters plus has more modern architecture which uses 32bit CPU and supports more peripherals. But also Ardupilot has much much better documentation so for users which are not very tech people it will be much easier to do anything related to drones. As it also contains some documentation about drone build.
My plan is to start with PX4 and see how it will work for me. I will keep you blog posted. If not I will test Ardupilot. I will be also working on their code so I could have some other thoughts later which I will post about. So let’s see how we can install both software on raspbian with navio2.
Ardupilot Flight Control Software Installation
Whole installation process you can find on emlid.com docs page at:
Last week I started “Investigation of adequate drone” series. I will share my whole Do-It-Yourself drone experience. Today we will go through quickly through elements quadcopter drone is build from.
Quadcopter is a great type of drone to start with. Is more agile then hexacopter or octacopter as it’s smaller which makes it more easier to control and safer then it’s other bigger or more complicated brothers with doubled propellers.
It is good to remember that propellers are like little knifes which can hurt, so be careful!
Finally quadcopter I think is the cheapest look-like-popular-drones copter overall starting from frame price to number of propellers.
All my future blog posts will be related to quadcopter drone as that’s the drone I bought.
Below I would like to list all parts I think are necessary to build a proper drone. Also giving you name of element I have bought as I know now how hard it is to build your own drone. I was strangling, comparing, thinking and planning all week to finally order this what is in below table.
When I was ordering my quadcopter I was really close to skip couple elements like e.g. power distribution board or very useful mounting foam and other little but sometimes critical elements. Unfortunately, other blogs I have read about building a drone doesn’t include such as ‘not importans’ elements. Which I think is wrong as without them assembling the drone still will be possible but much harder to do.
Below is the table from my excel file which contains my drone elements. Actually it contains everything related to my very first drone assembly including threadlocker and heat sink tubes.
Table of my drone elements
What I bought
F450 Quadcopter Frame with integrated PDB
CICADA BLHELI_S ESC (30A) – BB2 UT EDITION
MT 2216 810Kv Muticopter Motor
9443 Self-locking Propeller Pack
10×45 Propeller Set Carbon Fiber (discount)
6/9+ channel RC transmitter
FLYSKY FS-I6 TRANSMITTER WITH FS-IA6 RECEIVER
Foldable GPS Mast Mount
Tattu 1300mAh 14.8V 45C 4S1P Lipo Battery Pack
GENS ACE 3300MAH 11.1V 25C 3S1P LIPO
SKYRC E450 LIPO/LIFE/LIHV BATTERY CHARGER
Wire pack for Navio2
Flight Controller board
GPS/GNSS antenna MCX for Navio
HIGH VOLTAGE APM POWER MODULE WITH 3A UBEC
VIBRATION DAMPING MOUNTING SET
5″ PROPELLER GUARD PACK
Male XT60 wire – 10cm
Female XT60 wire – 10cm
MALE DEANS / T-PLUG WIRE – 10CM
Male T plug to Female XT60 Adaptor
HIGH LANDING GEAR FOR F450/SK480/F550
As you can see I didn’t add any gps antenna and microsd card as I had them at home, but you can easily look for them at any shop. Also I haven’t ordered threadlocker blue, battery holder and heat shrink tubes as I bought them in local store.
Some parts could be unavailable in store you will be buying from, then I would recommend to find similar elements but from other manufactures. Trust me it is hard to find a copters related store which will have everything you want. Most of the time it is a hunting for the best equipped store which have as much items you need.
I order everything from Unmannedtechas they had elements all really wanted plus some others in decent price. In my case I was looking for store which will have F450 Quadcopter Frame, not to expensive carbor fiber propellers, navio2 board in good price and decent cheap transmitters. Which I all found there. But as I live in Ireland it was a priority for me to order from one shop from Ireland or UK. If you leave in UK or another in EU where you have more diy shops or you have couple weeks to wait for an order you will be might be able to lower the costs by ordering from couples different stores