Today, drones are increasingly used for commercial and private enthusiast use, as well as for well-documented military operations. There is now a wide variety of 'ready-to-fly' drones and self-build kits available to suit all pockets and purposes. This extensively illustrated, practical manual takes a brief look at the origins and history of unmanned aircraft and drones, before explaining the various types of drones available today and their applications, along with a comprehensive guide to selecting the best components and equipment to suit a wide range of requirements.
Three step-by-step example drone builds are provided - both fixed-wing and rotary-wing - to enable readers to build a bespoke drone to suit their own requirements. There is also a comprehensive guide to learning to fly a drone, with information on legislation and how and where to operate a drone safely. An essential guide for anyone contemplating owning or building a drone.
About the Author
Alex Elliott has a passion for aircraft and engineering, and enjoys building his own aircraft and experimenting with computer code for UAV's. He is currently completing a PhD at Cranfield University on computer vision for miniature UAV's, based on the same principles that honey bees use to navigate. He lives in Buckinghamshire.
* The history and development of drones - from early unmanned gliders to today's miniature electric-powered drones. *Drone types - fixed wing configuration options, conventional helicopter, and the various multi-rotor options. *Drone applications - mapping and aerial surveying, photography, surveillance, delivery drones and hobby use. *Component and equipment selection - including airframe, autopilot, radio control, motors, electronic speed controllers, propellers, batteries, camera gimbals, and first-person view (FPV) equipment. *Drone builds - three example builds, including aerial photography quadcopter, mini FPV quadcopter designed for racing, and fixed-wing drone with autopilot. *Flying and safety - safety guidelines, legislation and legal considerations, and learning to fly a drone safely.
Series: Haynes Owners' Workshop Manual
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 3rd March 2016
Publisher: HAYNES PUBLISHING GROUP
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 0.75