Questions tagged [quadcopter]

A quadcopter, also known as a quadrotor, is a multirotor helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors.

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Drone or UAV Platform for deployment of Deep Learning / Reinforcement Learning

Good day, It has been a while since I last posted. I would just like to ask if anyone part of a lab or company doing research on aerial robotics has any suggestions of a good platform for deploying ...
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How to simulate a quadcopter using robotics simulator?

I am building my own autonomous quadcopter. I wish to simulate it using V-REP/Gazebo in order to tune the flight controller. I see that there are inbuilt models but they have properties(physical ...
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Get detections from picamera and control drone accordingly

I am working on a project where I built a drone, with a Navio 2 and RPi3B+, and now I want to be able to control it based on inputs from an object detection program. I wrote the program in Python ...
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BLDC Outrunner Direction Change?

I'm designing a Quadcopter for my project. I've seen a lot of guides that the motor rotational direction should be opposite to each other. My doubt is whether the motor have a variety of CW rotation ...
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How to calculate the maximum charge of the battery?

How to calculate the maximum charge of the battery that it can give from a fully charged state to a fully discharged one. I have been trying to solve this problem for 2 months. The drone itself is not....
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Drone Horizontal Speed Measurement

Assuming no GPS is available, what can be used to measure the horizontal speed of a hypothetical drone? Sensor mass and size don't need to be taken into account. Could small Doppler radars , maybe ...
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How to prevent loss of mavros msg packets?

I am working with Pixhawk 2.1 cube, using telemetry module and mavros to establish communication between vehicle and companion computer. I am using rostopic echo to save /mavros/local_position/pose ...
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Can I use 3 blades instead of 2 blades with the same pitch and dia to increase the thrust of my motor?

Can I use 3 blades instead of 2 blades with the same pitch and dia to increase the thrust of my motor? Will it burn my motor? or it will damage my ESC? Some motors are having high torque but low rpm, ...
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How should i select motor and blades for my Hexacopter?

I'm designing a fluid sprayer Drone (HEXACOPTER) for Agriculture as my college final year project. The capacity of the fluid spraying unit including fluid & Sprayer around 2kg. I don't know how to ...
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Flysky I6 transmitter not responsive on betaflightl

I am building a fpv quadcopter and I encountered the following problem: I soldered all points correctly into their allocated pads and ensured there were no shorts. I use a racerstarf4s flight ...
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Can I preload a mission into my drone (navio2) so it can execute it without being connected to a ground station by telemetry during flight

The question really speaks for itself. I don't have any way to connect with my navio2, running ardupilot, during flight (except a radio controller if things go wrong). Could I still make my drone ...
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DJI on-board SDK vs. mini computer

I am planning to integrate a LIDAR sensor on my DJI Matrice 100 and I will use the data generated to control the height of my UAV. I was wondering if I would need to attach a separate processing unit ...
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Quadcopter for modest payloads w/SDK?

I'm interested in attaching custom camera(s) to a quadcopter that can carry a modest (<0.25 kg) payload. I prefer to write code to fly the quadcopter (e.g. traverse a region and image) rather than ...
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How to charge Pixel Drone battery

I have recently received Pixel Drone Forever. However, when I opened the package and looking for battery charger, I realized that packaging company has misplaced charger with regular micro-USB charger....
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Why am I unable to tune the PID parameters on my quadcopter?

I am building a nano quadcopter in X-Configuration with coreless DC motors, 65mm 2 blade propellers and a 1S Lipo battery (860mAh, 25C). The weight of the assembly is around 70g in total. I am ...
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Why do we connect pins 2 and 3 on APM to enable PPM

Why is it necessary to connect signal pins 2 and 3 via jumper on an APM2.8 board to enable PPM. I am using flysky fs-ia6b receiver with the APM mentioned above. Pins 2 and 3 control pitch and ...
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Battery weight in quadcopter

We all know that the fly time of a quadcopter is proportional to its weight (and the propellers size, etc), and a high capacity battery is heavy, but also a high capacity battery would make the fly ...
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Will disconnecting the external compass enable internal compass in APM

Will disconnecting the external compass from an APM 2.8 enable internal compass automatically, if the compass jumper is not disturbed while setting up the external compass, i.e. the external compass ...
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Checking for external compass in mission planner

How can I check whether the external compass is really selected for my APM 2.8 using mission planner. The primary purpose of using the external compass is to have less electro magnetic interference ...
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Designing own robot for Gazebo simulation?

For my project I am trying to model and control a quadrotor with actuating arms. As I don't have a physical model with me, I want to simulate and control the robot using ROS and Gazebo. At the ...
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How to find the minimum battery capacity C needed for the drone to reach the landing point?

I calculated the height object height, Distance to the base of the object, Drone weight, maximum and minimum battery voltage, resistance force and power ($P$). The drone is flying in steady state, ...
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Optical flow inputs

I'm reading how the optical flow of my quadcopter works. The output of the optical flow that interests me is the linear (horizontal) velocity: $v_x$ and $v_y$. Here (page 10) it says that it fuses the ...
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How to attach flysky receiver to racerstar all in one esc and flight controller?

I am building an fpv racing quad I encountered the following problem: I have a Racerstar StarF4s 30A esc and flight controller combo and a Flysky 2.4ghz iA6B receiver how and where do I connect these ...
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Will a 2.4ghz controller work with a 5.8ghz video transmitter?

I’m building an fpv racing drone and I accidentally ordered a 2.4ghz controller and a 5.8ghz video transmitter. Will they work together? I have 5.8ghz fpv goggles so I assume they will work.
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Pi 3 drone that can be automated using Python

For the final project of my computer science class I would like to build a 3D printed drone using a Raspberry Pi 3 that can be automated using python script. I am at a loss regarding what parts I ...
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Madgwick or Kalman filter for sensor fusion?

I was looking for some comparison between these two approaches, but couldn't find any. I am wondering, what are the actual differences in terms of power consumption, accuracy, convergence speed and ...
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Best practices for quad-copter designing

What are the some of the best practices for placing the components (including battery, GPS, flight-controller, wires, receiver etc.) on the air-frame of an 'X' quad-copter to ensure the minimum power ...
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Why 3DR Power Module has two 5v and GND output

Why are there two 5V and GND output in 3DR Power module (https://www.instructables.com/id/Safetly-use-CLONE-APM-Power-Modules/) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6OSp05Y5b8). Can we power up an APM 2....
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how to integrate apm 2.8 and raspberry pi 3 for object tracking

Please I want to carry out a project on object tracking, I have an APM 2.8 and a raspberry pi 3 how do I command the flight controller to takeoff directly from my pi interface?, any advice on how I ...
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feedback linearization for a quadrotor

I am trying to develop a controller for a quadrotor using dynamic feedback linearization technique, but I am not sure I am doing thigs correctly. I know that for designing such controller I have to ...
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Serial Communication between RaspberryPi and CC3D?

I have built a quadcopter with a CC3D FC, using LibrePilot for configuration. Everything is smooth with the tx/rx I used to command the quad with but now I would like to effectively use the RPi as a ...
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Autonomous quadcopter: How to transform setpoint into motor inputs?

I would like to know how to transform a setpoint to inputs for the motors of a quadcopter. I would like a function like that: ...
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Drone Payload Potential

I am new to the art of building quadcopters and am looking to build a camera platform with a payload of 250g. With the following setup would that be possible or could someone point me in the direction ...
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What is the purpose of these grey balls on the drone?

Are these used for position tracking? Are there any papers
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why we need both vel and acc contribution for actual position?

I was trying to understand multiwii quadcopter code. I started with understanding GPS code. Here is a section of the code where I have doubt. Why actual position = pos + velocity contribution + ...
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How to estimate yaw angle from magnetometer and gyroscope?

I'm using the MPU9250, it measures acceleration, magnetometer, gyro, etc. Complementary filter tutorial for this is here, however this tutorial does not have a magnetometer and I do, thus I thought I ...
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Are all drone propellers compatible with all brushless motors?

I want to build a drone using these motors SunnySky X2212 KV1400 Brushless Motor For RC Drone FPV Racing Multi Rotor and these propellers DYNAM 2X RC Model Airplanes 9x5 Inch Nylon Propellers ...
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Quadcopter motors not spinning

I made a quadcopter with an Arduino and all connections are fine. When I arm it, the motors spin without props but when I connect the props and arm it, the motors spin for a second and stop. Can ...
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A Delivery Drone

I'm building a delivery drone as my final year project. A drone that can deliver a package to offices around my small town autonomously, for my final year project. I would like to know how this drone ...
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Planning minimum snap trajectories

I am working on motion planning algorithm for quadrotor. As I have learned in Coursera Aerial robotics course, trajectories for quadrotors should minimize snap which is equivalent to interpolating ...
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Are these parts compatible to build a quadrone?

I want to build a quaddrone from scratch, without using ready made controllers. I've read a lot about drones, how they fly and what essential parts they should have. So I decided to make my own ...
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Calculation of quad-copter

Vector rotation around X-axis can be represented as: Rx = \begin{bmatrix}1&0&0\\0&cos(\alpha)&sin(\alpha)\\0&-sin(\alpha)&cos(\alpha)\end{bmatrix} Vector rotation around ...
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Doubt linearizing 2D planar quadrotor equation of motion

Equation of motion for 2D planar quadrotor are as follows $\ddot{x} = \frac{1}{m} (u1+u2)sin(\theta)$ $\ddot{y} = \frac{1}{m} (u1+u2)cos(\theta) - mg$ $\ddot{\theta} = \frac{r}{I} (u1+u2)$ How to ...
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Improve altitude control on an outer loop PD controller for a UAV

I'm playing around with using PID control as an outer loop control for the position of a DJI drone in a Hardware in the loop simulator. I have three separate controller instances for each axis x, y, ...
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Mission Planner: How to create a custom Waypoint Command

I am trying to set up a waypoint in Mission Planner that causes the drone to hover, take sensor data from a custom sensor, then either land or continue hovering based off of what the sensor data says. ...
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Drone Mapping Project

I'm mapping my college campus with a drone (as part of an approved science project). I want to film, measure the temperature, and take infrared video at the same time. What drones are good for ...
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Can P gain too high cause roll of death?

I've been sperimenting with PIDs on my quadcopter and I've noticed that pitch P = 65 causes double front and back flips which looks like a roll of death (or in this case a flip of death) and lowering ...
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Image based visual servoing for quadrotor forward flight

I'm still trying to understand how to implement image based visual servoing (IBVS) for quadrotor. The control laws seem straightforward if you want to use IBVS to track a feature in the image space at ...
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Improving PID gain constants

I have started building and programming my own quadcopter. I used stm32 f103 and right now I'm testing PID controller. The issue is getting right gain constants. I have build a swing and attached ...
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Dropping a box from a quadcopter

I am trying to estimate when and where to release a box carried by a delivery UAV such that it falls on a given target. I need to take the wind speed/direction into account. (See the visual below for ...

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