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Building Your Own Drones: A Beginners' Guide to Drones, UAVs, and ROVs
Author John Baichtal
Publisher QUE Publishing
ISBN 9780789755988
Classification Engineering > Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Price HK$200.00
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Build your drone, step-by-step, with this full-color, hands-on guide!

You’ve heard about drones. You’ve seen drones. Now, build your own—it’s a lot easier than you think!

Drones are the newest frontier for the DIY/maker community, and you don’t need to be a technical expert to build one. John Baichtal, the #1 author of hardware hacking books for beginners, will teach you all the skills you need.

First, Baichtal shows you the amazing drones others have built. Then, he walks you through several complete projects: quadcopters, UAVs, ROVs, and more. Not ready to start from scratch? No problem: Baichtal helps you choose from today’s best new kits.

Hundreds of full-color step-by-step photos teach you every step, every skill. When you’re ready for more advanced concepts, Baichtal explains them in plain English.

* Discover what drones are and why they’re so exciting
* Explore today’s most imaginative projects, from 3D-printed mini quadcopters to floating robot armies
* Compare kits, from $200 up: Parallax ELEV-8, DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, OpenROV, Actobotics Nomad, Brooklyn Aerodrome Flack, and more
* Create your own practical Drone Builder’s Workbench
* Build complete rocket, blimp, waterborne, and automotive drones
* Construct both fully autonomous and radio-controlled drones
* Choose and assemble your chassis (airframe), motor, props, flight control, power system, accessories, and software
* Integrate Arduino to make radio-controlled drones operate autonomously
* Teach a drone to navigate via RFID tags
* Learn all the basic electronics and programming you’ll need

About the Author:

John Baichtal has written or edited over a dozen books, including the award-winning Cult of LEGO (No Starch Press, 2011), LEGO hacker bible Make: LEGO and Arduino Projects (Maker Media, 2012) with Adam Wolf and Matthew Beckler, Robot Builder (Que, 2014), and Basic Robot Building with LEGO Mindstorms NXT 2.0 (Que, 2012). His most recent book is Maker Pro (Maker Media, 2014), a collection of essays and interviews describing life as a professional maker. John lives in Minneapolis with his wife and three children.

xiii Who This Book Is For
xiii How This Book Is Organized

Chapter 1 A History of Drones
1 What Is a Drone?
2 Three Terrrains
3 Anatomy of a Drone
5 Summary

Chapter 2 Showcase of Cool DIY Drones
9 Bicycle Rim Quadcopter
9 3D-Printed Mini Quadcopter
9 Clothesline Racer
11 Vessels
11 Radio-Controlled Blimp
12 FPV Quadcopter
12 Open RC Trike
14 Foldable Quadcopter
14 Mini-Quadcopter
15 3D-Printed RC Boat
16 Tricopter
17 Mecanum Wheel Rover
18 Summary

Chapter 3 Overview of Commercial Drones and Kits
21 Parallax ELEV-8 Quadcopter
21 DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
24 OpenROV
26 Actobotics Nomad
29 Brooklyn Aerodrome Flack
31 Summary

Chapter 4 Building a Quadcopter I: Choosing an Airframe
35 Which Airframe?
35 Choosing Between Commercial Options
37 Making Your Own Airframe
38 Project #1: MakerBeam Airframe
41 MakerBeam
41 Parts
43 Steps
44 Summary

Chapter 5 Rocket Drone Project
51 Amateur Model Rocketry
51 Quick-and-Dirty Arduino Guide
54 Project #2: Data-Gathering Rocket
60 Parts for Building the Data-Gathering Rocket
60 Steps for Building the Data-Gathering Rocket
61 Programming the Payload
65 Summary

Chapter 6 Building a Quadcopter II: Motors and Props
69 Choose Your Motors
70 Outrunner Versus Inrunner
70 Brushed Versus Brushless
71 AC Versus DC
72 Choose Your Propellers
73 Prop Adapters
74 Project #3: Attach the Props and Motors
75 Parts
76 Steps for Attaching the Props and Motors
77 Summary

Chapter 7 Blimp Drone Project
81 Radio Control
81 Transmitters
82 Receivers
83 ESC (Electronic Speed Controller)
83 Project #4: Blimp Drone
84 Parts
85 Arduino Parts
86 Steps
86 Autonomous Control with an Arduino
99 Code
100 Summary

Chapter 8 Building a Quadcopter III: Flight Control
103 Know Your ESCs
103 Common ESCs
105 Programming ESCs
106 Receiver
109 Flight Controller
110 Flight Controller Examples
111 Installing the Flight Electronics
114 Parts
114 Installing the ESCs
114 Installing the Flight Controller
114 Installing the Receiver
116 Summary

Chapter 9 Drone Builder's Workbench
117 Design It
117 Drive It
118 Measure It
120 Cut It
120 Wire It
121 Attach It
123 CNC It
124 Summary

Chapter 10 Building a Quadcopter IV: Power Systems
127 Choosing a Battery
128 Battery Types
128 Adding Bullet Connectors
130 Why Bullet Connectors?
130 Parts List
130 Steps for Adding Bullet Connectors
131 Assembling the Wiring Harness
137 Parts
138 Steps for Assembling the Wiring Harness
138 Wiring the Flight Controller and Receiver
143 Summary

Chapter 11 Waterborne Drone Project
147 Realities of Waterborne Electronics
148 Disadvantages of Waterborne Electronics
148 Advantages of Waterborne Electronics
148 Waterproofing Your Electronics
149 Sandwich Container
150 Pelican 1000-Series
151 Sealing a Tube
152 XBee Mesh Networking
153 Project: Soda Bottle Boat
154 Parts
155 Building the Drone
156 Building the Controller 166 Programming the Soda Bottle Boat
170 Summary

Chapter 12 Building a Quadcopter V: Accessories
173 Add Accessories to Your Quadcopter
174 Camera
174 First-Person Video (FPV)
175 Landing Gear
176 Parachute
176 Protective Plate or Dome
177 Prop Guards
178 Project: Adding Accessories to the Quadcopter
179 Install the Camera Mount
180 Install the Landing Gear
184 Install the Top Plate
186 Summary

Chapter 13 Making a Rover
191 Advantages and Disadvantages of Rovers
192 Advantages of Rovers
192 Disadvantages of Rovers
192 Chassis Options
193 3D Printed
193 Tamiya
194 mBot
194 Arduino Robot
195 Actobotics Bogie
196 Navigating with Radio Frequency Identification Tags
197 Project: RFID-Navigating Rover
199 Parts
200 Steps
200 Programming the RFID-Navigating Rover
217 Summary

Chapter 14 Building a Quadcopter VI: Software
221 Flight Control Software
222 OpenPilot
222 MultiWii
223 APM Planner 2.0
223 eMotion
224 AR.Freeflight
224 3DR Solo App
226 Configuring the MultiWii
226 Examining the MultiWii Control Sketch
228 Pre-Flight Checklist
229 Summary
230 Glossary
231 Index

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