Questions tagged [drone]

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RCS data analysis. [CADFEKO]

I have simulated radar cross-section (RCS) data of a small drone using CADFEKO. I'm using MATLAB to do the data analysis part. I have tried the histograms, heatmaps, error bars comparisons but still ...
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Motor choice for a quadcopter, DC coreless or BLDC?

Ok, I am planning to build a quadcopter by myself. Almost anyone uses BLDCs with ESCs in the tutorials etc. I wonder why a BLDC is more preferable than a similar DC coreless motor. For example I found ...
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Soft start for a drone battery pack?

I want to design drone landing pad that will automatically begin charging my drone as soon as it lands, I'm planning on having the drone legs have some pogo pins that will touch the pad it lands on ...
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Hybrid gas electric drone

I have a nitro engine that’s idling at 1600 RPM. As the title says , I also have a BLDC coupled directly to the nitro engine working as a generator. That generator is capable of producing 3.5kW of ...
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PID controller slowly oscillates out of control

I am trying to tune PID controllers for my drone. There are 3 controllers, one each for Pitch, Yaw and Roll. I have gotten Yaw tuned to a reasonable amount and I am assuming the values for Kp, Ki and ...
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How to use extra channels in drone controller for other purpose [closed]

I'm doing a hexacopter for my academic project. I brought flysky fs-ct6b drone controller. It has 6 channels. 4 channels is enough for controlling the drone. but I don't know how to use another extra ...
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Can I extend my ESC to motor using some thick wire? is it possible to do in that way

I'm doing a drone project for my academics. my arm of the drone is a little bit longer. How can extend my ESC? I watched extending a power-ESC cable will make problem, but increase ESC-Motor cable ...
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Stabilize voltage input for Arduino nano on a drone

I am doing a small drone project, and the 8V battery provides power to both the motors and the Arduino Nano. I expect a lot of noise from the motors, however I assume that the Arduino Nano power ...
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Drone lipo battery not working properly

I'm having an issue with the lipo battery of a drone. When I normally plug it into the drone it won't power up the drone, but when I connect the battery to the balance charger even when the charger is ...
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How to use arduino control an ESC and flash?

Basically, I want to use PWM wave or something alike from Arduino to directly control the speed of a brushless motor through an ESC. I saw an example on the Arduino Brushless Motor Control Tutorial | ...
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Correct solar panels to pick for drone-mod

After this, I think I will take a course on electrical engineering (fuzzy from school days). I'm trying to add some flexible panels (they were <14g a panel)) to my drone (HS120D), to possibly give ...
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How to mux 3 (high power) power supplies into 3 power rails with some pretty complex logic

I just want to say that this may be a bit of overkill but I'm really curious how I'd go about doing this. I'm building a little drone from the ground up and got stuck on this issue. I have 3 ...
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Best way to switch between multiple power rails based on whether they're present or not [duplicate]

I've come across this issue multiple times already and never really figured out the best way to do it. I'm designing a controller PCB for a drone and I would like to have a few different ways of ...
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Can't satisfy DJI E300 ESC with my PWM signal [closed]

I'm trying to build a drone with my Raspberry Pi 3. I'm using Windows 10 IoT and C#. I've bought a DJI E300 pack (motor + ESC + Propeller) and in the data sheet it says that the ESC works with ...
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Closing 1s battery connector

I have a drone that can plug two 1s batteries. I have the option the plug only one battery but I need to "close" the other battery input with the following (image). I have no idea how this is called. ...
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Using a battery as a voltage source in a DC DC converter to supply a second battery?

I was wondering if I could use a battery as Vin to a DC DC converter to charge another battery. Example: Using a Li Ion battery pack and having it go through the DC to DC converter to charge a LiPo ...
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Gyroscope drift in IMU

So, a brief foreword. I'm not sure if this question belongs here or in the DSP community, its closely related to both, but I have a feeling this will be more of interest here nonetheless, so I am ...
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Signal loss failsafe for a cheap drone using 433 MHz tx/rx pair

I bought a cheap drone to get into flying quadcopters and it seems it has only one big issue at that price, which is a very long failsafe time of 20 seconds, i.e. if the remote signal is lost, the ...
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Brushless Motors kv rating and testing methods/procedures

I’m very interested in testing Brushless motors and Prop sizes. I have been involved with ASTM ASHTO and other testing methods. What procedures/standards are used for testing brushless motors for ...
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Drone's Remote control not powering on! [closed]

I am using bayangtoys X16 GPS drone. I managed to solder the "alfa APA-M04 7 dBi gain RP-SMA directional panel antenna Wi-Fi" on the board, and it was working absolutely fine. Until, I put hot glue on ...
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Beeper for lost FPV drone

I am not an expert in electronics, just the very basics so please bear with me. I am trying to create beeper alarm for my FPV drone that will activate when it crashes or no movement for certain ...
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Why isn't the ESP32 used for quadcopter flight control? [closed]

I'm looking for a quadcopter microcontroller to use as a flight controller and am comparing a couple of different ones. Went on this website to see what current boards are using: http://www....
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Wire gauge on Drones different?

How is it a 12 volt 40 amp wire in a car has to be approximately 16mm thick but a drone can use 3.5mm thick cable for 12 volt 120 amps. What is the difference? They both have the same amount of power?...
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How to masure maximum esc capacity

I have a electronic speed controller(esc). I bought it from local store, so i don't know what is the capacity (maximum current capacity) how to find it? Plz guide me.
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Li-Ion vs Li-Poly For Quads

Instead of using a $25 Li-Poly battery with a $10 charger, I was going to use one of these- https://hackaday.io/project/46436-3-cell-rc-battery-pack-made-with-18650-batteries What I was wondering Is ...
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Why do most FPV 5.8 GHz video transmitters use PAL or NTSC?

I am not much into the details of video transmission in general. However, I wonder since most displays and electronics are digital, why have suppliers for FPV equipment chosen an analog transmission ...
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Broke my first soldering iron after 5 minutes of using it [closed]

I started getting interested in drones recently and I bought a soldering iron last week on Amazon.co.uk After using it for 5 minutes to try pre-tin some copper wires, the solder was unable to retain ...
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How to design drone power tether system? (high power with ultra light cable)

There are drones that are powered with power tether from the ground station, and such drones can be airborne 24/7, not only 20 minutes when using batteries. I'm very interested to reverse-engineer ...
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How much energy do Li-Ions/Li-Pos have below 3.2V threshold?

How much energy does a battery still have when a protection chip disconnects it? I know that such discharging kills the battery, but in some cases it would be useful. For example, in drones: when you ...
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Drone gyroscope placement

I'm building a drone with an mpu6050. Does the placement of the mpu influence sensor data? I mean, if I rotate the sensor properly so that all axes point in proper directions, then will it matter if ...
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RF reciever to detect unknown drone RC links [closed]

I am currently developing anti drone system as a project. Therefore,I am in need to make a RF reciever/Sensor , which can detect RC links(Drone-controller RC link) at multiple frequencies(488 MHz/2....
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How can a drone take down a high-tension power line? [closed]

This news article -- in which a drone reportedly took down the power grid in Mountain View CA -- caught my eye: Thursday night power outage the result of a drone crash Despite the compelling photo ...
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how can i make drone fly in same location? (not go left, right, forward, back)

I made quad drone that use PID control to fly and drone fly well. I set the PID values, and the drone always have difference force, so drone always go left or right or forward or back. It can't fly in ...
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Can high voltage power lines EM provide power for drones? [closed]

How is the EM field that surrounds high voltage power converted to produce a current through a wire? How much electricity can be produced without coming in contact with the wire? Could the EM field ...
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Atmega328 Controller schematics

I'm a beginner at electronics. I'm doing a quadcopter controller and for it I use two L293D, one Atmega328 and a MX05-V 433MHz receiver. For power supply I use a 5V battery for the MCU and receiver, ...
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Wiring battery and solar panel to drone to extend flight time - schematic help

for one of my projects I'm trying to create a solar assisted drone. So far this is my schematic: So with the battery itself connected to the flight control board, the drone runs for about 6 ...
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Drones power distribution

I'm trying to build my own quadcopter and I plan to design my own flight controller / mother board. Now my question is, how do drones, such as the DJI phantom, reduce a high voltage with high current, ...
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Right ground connection between different blocks

Which is the right way of ground connection? Is it necessary to separately connect grounds between different blocks, without touching other grounds? Something like ground PCB trace going through ...
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Finding true north in UAVs

In my application, I need to find true north direction, for reference purpose. I am having a GPS enabled drone. I have searched over Internet and found that moving in the north direction while keeping ...
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Can I hook 5v lipo batteries together to run an electric scooter? [closed]

I have this scooter: http://www.monstermotorscooter.com/e-500.html It takes those big batteries all the scooters take. I was looking at these charger packs that have a 5v lipo battery in them: http:...
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Can hard drive stepper motor can be used for making drones? [closed]

I have some useful hard drive stepper motor can it be used for making drone??
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Equivalent battery

I bought a drone with a battery and i would like to buy a second one. Maybe a better one if possible. I have a charger with wrote : Li-PO: 7.4V And the battery:...
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Quadcopter balance with MPU-6050

It is not uncommon to see people asking about how to balance a quadricopter using MPU-6050. It's also common to see people answering that a PID controller is needed. However, people doesn't say how. ...
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Efficiency comparison between six step and FOC for a given motor

For a given PMSM motor with sinusoidal back-EMF, it can be driven by either six-step (as in drone applications) or by FOC (as in servo control). However, for a given motor and given DC link voltage, ...
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Why is GPS module acting strange?

I am working on a Arduino based quadcopter. The Arduino being used is a Blend Micro. Not shown in the following diagram are 4 infrared sensors, 1 ultrasonic sensor and a 9 axis accelerometer. The ...
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DC motors not spinning at same RPM?

I'm attempting to make a quadcopter using an Arduino board (Blend Micro). I've wired everything up as such: When I run the following code just to test if everything is working, the motors do not spin ...
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AR Parrot navigation board pinout

Does anyone know which pins do what on the AR Parrots navigation board?
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Re-attaching A Cable To A Circuitboard [closed]

I have a drone, but one of the cables connecting the battery to the circuit detached and I took it apart so I could have better acces to the circuit board. I know where the cable goes but my problem ...
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tracking multiple object locations

I have a requirement in which I want to track 10+ robots in a field (or hanger), the robots are small. My first thought would be to use a drone to act as a collector, monitoring the position of each ...
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Brushless motor not turning

I'am trying to build a drone. Therefore I bought some brushless DC motors This is the only specs I have for the motors : ...