Questions tagged [multirotor]

A flying machine that uses multiple propellers, or rotors, to maintain flight.

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Why are larger propellers generally more efficient than smaller ones?

In almost every case, long-range drones use larger propellers than other drones that don't need to travel very far or don't need to fly for very long. I have heard that a major reason for this is ...
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Why do multirotors usually have four propellors?

I've observed that hover-capable drones almost always have four propellers. There are helicopters of course, which have two, but in general, the vast majority of UAVs seem to go with four propellers. ...
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Why do most drones have upward facing motors?

Most freestyle quadcopters I have seen are specifically designed to fly with the motors facing upward and have the arms of the drone underneath the propellers like this: As you can see in the picture ...
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How to determine the lowest safe ESC current rating for a drone build?

I was planning to build a quadcopter and was wondering how I should decide what ESC to get. I'm asking about ESC current ratings. I am building a 7 inch drone using 4s with 2306 1900Kv motors. I have ...
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What is a ground loop and how does a common ground reduce video noise?

To reduce video noise, it is often recommended to add a common ground between VTX and camera to avoid ground loops. What is a ground loop, how does it add video noise and how can a common ground ...
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How do I calculate thrust for a quadrocopter?

I am designing a quadrocopter style aircraft that uses a 20 inch propeller 1.625 inches in width and has a pitch of 8 inches. How do I calculate static lift / thrust and the dynamic thrust / lift ...
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What's the purpose of airmode and idle up?

What are airmode and idle up and what do they do improve my freestyle flights?
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Determining the mAh of 4S battery for a 3 inch drone

I have a 3" drone frame, flight controller that can take 3S or 4S LiPo, and 1507 4200KV motors. How do I find the right capacity of battery to purchase? Should I purchase 4S 850mAh or 4S 1500mAh? And ...
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How does a propeller with more blades create more “grip”

I have heard that the more blades a prop has, the more "grip" it has in the air at the expense of speed. How do more blades create more grip but lose top speed?