Questions tagged [quadcopters]

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How to tune a Deadcat Quadcopter with 10 inch props and asymmetrical mass distribution along the roll axis with a low power to weight ratio?

I have a quadcopter with TBS discovery frame and 10inch props running on 810Kv motors on 3S. The quadcopter has an asymmetrical mass distribution since the heavy battery pack at the back causes the ...
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Can something be mounted underneath a quadcopter rotor?

I am a bit of a beginner, so I don't fully understand the way the air flows around the rotors in a quadcopter. My question is in the title, and I am basically wondering if something can be mounted ...
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Can I re-flash the Hubsan fpv1 controller with built-in fpv screen?

the only radio transmitters, also called remote controllers, that embed a fpv screen, for seeing what the drone sees, near the joysticks, instead of having to get obstructed vision by goggles, that I ...
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AliExpress drone vs DJI Pro 2

I can buy a drone in US or Canada like the DJI Pro 2 for over 1000$. But when I search professional drones on Ali they advertise many that share many features such as 4K video, dual camera, 20minute ...
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How to debug a non-working Eachine E010?

I have two Eachine E010 drones. One drone (green color) stayed outside for a night with rain. I inspected the circuit board and it shows no damage: no cut cables that I could solder, nothing corroded. ...
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If AUW is 90 grams, will 4500Kv motors be better than 7500Kv?

I have a build that is 90 grams and runs great with 7600Kv motors. My question is, if everything stays the same and I put on 1204 4500Kv motors on it, would I get more flight time? More power or ...
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BS 220 GPS NMEA - UBLOX using U-center

I have a quad with an omnibus f4 v3 flight controller an FS-ia6b receiver. I also have a bs 220 gps wired in correctly to the flight controller however it is outputting NMEA and this has many errors. ...
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DJI F450 ESC calibration fail

everyone. I am building a DJI F450 clone. I've got everything attached except for the propellers. The Pixhawk connects to my mission planner via USB. The remote controller is paired with the drone. ...
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Accessing the video feed of a cheap FPV drone

A while ago, I bought a small and cheap WIFI FPV drone to fly in the office and at home (not outside). It's very funny (It's my first drone ever) and now I would like to access the video stream ...
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Flight controller or ESCs on Eachine Viswhoop not booting properly

After last flight my Eachine Viswhoop stopped booting properly and arming (link to gfycat with sound). When connecting battery to drone I can hear FC beeping but don't get second set of "beeps&...
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Vibrating like a jelly when takeoff

I have Kotleta 20 UAVCAN ESCs. When I trying to increase throttle, motors are vibrating like a jelly. How can I configure my ESCs via development port? What are best options for non vibrated flight? ...
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Is there a benefit to using multiple capacitors on FPV drones?

From what I've heard, you need at least one capacitor on the ESC of a drone so that it can smooth out the voltage spikes to prevent electrical noise and improve the longevity of the ESC. If this is ...
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Visual references when driving a Quad Copter through gates

I am a complete beginner, starting to learn to fly. So far I managed to control the altitude and do some basic turns, I can also do figure eights if the flags are well far from each other. I realised ...
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Would it be possible to inductively recharge a drone battery?

Regular drones can only fly around 15-30 minutes before the battery runs out, which is annoying. Newer smart phones use inductive loading, so it is possible to load a battery through such a field. ...
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Why are micro pusher-prop quadcopters becoming more popular?

Recently, I've seen a rise in popularity of small drones using pusher props. Some of these include the FullSpeed TinyPusher, BetaFPV Beta95X/Beta85X V2, Diatone Taycan and Tinawhoop, and originally ...
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What is the best drone for beginner fliers?

My brothers would like to start drone flying, as they haven't ever flown my Syma before. I am looking for a small, inexpensive pocket or medium drone for beginners that will probably get thrown into ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a “plus” and “cross” quadcopter configuration? Is one preferred over another?

I'm not really an expert when it comes to quadcopters, I heard about the "plus" and "cross" configurations and that the "cross" configuration provides more stability. I ...
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Multi GP gate sizes

Multi GP Gate sizes are given in square inch/ft like so: 25 sq ft (5’x5’ – 1.52m x 1.52m) - those are obviously the size requirements for a square gate. If I want to have a "Multi GP compliant&...
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Betaflight with Mamba F405 MK2 stack 40A ESC's and XING-E 2207 motors problem

I build a quad using Mamba F405 MK2 stack 40A ESC's and XING-E 2207 motors. Here are some pictures of my configurations on Betaflight and BLHeli Configurator: https://imgur.com/a/mFLDiVp Also video of ...
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Are these methods of Drone Localization Techniques for a dark environment plausible?

I am working on a project where I need a quadcopter to accurately know its location relative to a starting point in a GPS denied environment in the dark. A quick overview of the project: The drone ...
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What is the frame system defined for Orientations comptutation using Quaternions [Madgwick filter/ Mahony filter]?

I am working with MPU9250 and I have implemented attitude & heading reference system based on Madgwick/Mahony filter. I capture the raw data [accel, gyro, mag] and pass to the Madgwick filter in ...
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Vertical Flight Paths

I've been searching around for software to allow a vertical flight plan. For example I want to flight 50m across a building at 20m AGL. Then drop 1m and fly back 50m. So on and so forth. I've read a ...
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Why don't solutions exist for a 3-axis helicopter flight controller?

So I've been searching around for a 3-axis flight controller for my 450-size helicopter. It seems that nearly every flight controller which is sold today is configured for solely the control of quad/...
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Quadcopter Stability Modelling

We know software like XFLR5 to model fixed-wing aircraft to determine aircraft dynamics and stability. Is there any software which we can model our quadcopter geometry in so we can know it's CoG, ...
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F450 frame all legs are not stable

I have one of the so called popular F450 frames. Not the original dji one, but chinese part. Now, I have assembled motors and ESCs. The assembling process was harder than it should be, probably ...
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What are the steps to connect the Pixhawk to Auvidea J120 board using a telemetry cable?

I'm looking to get a connection between my Pixhawk and Onboard GPU using telemetry. However, it doesn't seem to be connecting for some reason. I followed the instructions given on this page - https://...
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Is WiFi drone control protocol standardized?

I'm searching for an app to control a Zerotech Doby drone. The official app "DoFun" is no more available, but surprisingly it works with another Chinese app "FlightGo". I wonder if ...
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What is a good 3'' BNF that can be used indoors and outdoors?

I am looking to get a new quadcopter that will work in a variety of places. I want it to be a 3'' drone so that I can fly it both outside and inside. I would prefer if it had prop guards or ducts of ...
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Will this set up fry my components?

Frame: Carbon fiber 250mm Motors: 2300Kv 2204 Power board: Matek built in BEC’s 12V + 5V FC: CC3D ESCs: HLGRC 30A opto (no BEC) Battery: Turnigy Graphene 14V 75C 4S Receiver: Turnigy iA6B My question ...
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Finding a ready-to-fly Taranis compatible, Eachine compatible, S4 compatible under 200€ drone

The question I'm looking for a drone under 200€, preferably 5" (as that's what I'm used to) but other sizes are ok, that can be purchased/delivered to France, is compatible with a Taranis X7 and ...
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What are the benefits to different types of frame arrangements?

When looking at different frames, there are lots of descriptions for different ways the arms are set up. Are there objective descriptions of how these arrangement change the flight characteristics ...
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How do you use the PID controller to compensate for a higher weight?

How should you adjust the PID values if you add weight to a quadcopter (For example a GoPro), so that the flight characteristics stay as close as possible to how they were before? I assume that the ...
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Wired drone using very high voltage?

For those of you who don't know: electricity can be "stepped up" to carry the same amount of power over a thinner wire, over much longer distances with minimal losses. Once the power reaches the ...
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Suitable ready-to-fly micro copter for a beginner

I read several docs on the ardupilot website, in particular about building a copter. It was suggested that total newbies (like me) should buy a small inexpensive copter first and learn how to fly/use ...
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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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Quadcopter rotates too slow

When I flew my drone yesterday, all the manoeuvres I did felt really slow. I then went into the OSD and changed the rates a bit. The drone then acted as it should, but when I then changed back it ...
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Serial Communication Not working in APM 2.8

I have being trying to establish Serial Communication connection between APM 2.8 and Raspberry Pi Board. But the connection is not being recognized in the Raspberry Terminal Console. Configuration ...
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How to pick parts for a quadcopter flying on Mars?

So let's say I wish to build a quad to fly a GoPro around in Mars. How should I go about planning the build (target AUW [all-up weight], motor to motor distance, propulsion & power system, etc.)? ...
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How to clean dirt out of my miniquad motors?

I accidentally crashed my 250 class quadcopter into the dirt today and got dirt all over it, including into the motors. I managed to clean the dirt off of the frame and electronics, but I have no idea ...
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How to prevent an ESC from overheating?

I have a 5-inch drone with individual ESCs on the arms of the frame. The ESCs tend to get very hot (somewhere around 70°C) and I'm not sure what is causing this and how to keep them cooler. Are there ...
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Why are quadcopters inherently unstable?

I have heard it mentioned that quadcopters are inherently unstable and only become stable due to control. What does inherently unstable mean in this context, and why are quadcopters inherently ...
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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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What mission planner should I be using for INav?

I'm new to the quadcopter community and am looking to plan my first mission for my drone. As far as I can tell, the recommended mission planner is an Android app? I am hoping there is a good ...
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How do ducted fans impact drone performance?

There are many drones available which use ducted fans as opposed to open propellers. How does a ducted fan quadcopter differ in performance from an open-prop quadcopter? Note: the other question ...
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How does the center of gravity affect a quadcopter?

I have heard a lot about center of gravity for fixed wings, but very little about the CG in quadcopters. How does moving the CG forward or backward impact the flight characteristics of a quadcopter? ...
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How does frame stiffness affect a quadcopter?

When choosing a frame for a drone, something I hear mentioned occasionally is how flexible the carbon fiber is. It seems that the general opinion is: more flex in a frame is worse. How would having a ...
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Is it a good practice to use a throttle limit of 90% for racing builds?

I had read somewhere that it's a good idea to set a throttle limit of 90% for racing. The reason given was that, in the last 10% of the throttle, the cost/benefit ratio for power to thrust would not ...
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How to determine the largest LiPo I can use in a quadcopter?

Multirotors can usually operate with a larger battery than recommended for longer flight times but slightly less performance. However, there is a point of diminishing returns at which increasing the ...
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What impact does a shroud have on the torque produced by the prop(s) of a multirotor that incorporates a properly designed shouded propeller?

Based on the research presented here: "Hover and wind-tunnel testing of shrouded rotors for improved micro air vehicle design" and other reading that translates similarly well-designed shroud and ...
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How does a quadcopter flip without falling very much?

I have a quadcopter and it has a flip function (as do many other quadcopters). I was wondering how this works. Say I am flipping it right (clockwise), I assume the motors on the left spin much faster ...