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Building a Big Multirotor Part One: The Basics and Power System

Introduction

If you look for information about what to consider and the parts to look at if you are considering building a larger quad, hex or octocopter to carry a camera and gimbal then it can be tricky.

Most of the articles, videos and forum posts about building multi rotors focus on the building and creation of smaller racing models these days. I’m often asked about it from subscribers and readers and have been waiting for the chance to bet one of the experts in a room pick their brains.

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Drone Used for Epic Fourth of July Fireworks Display

Intel has been at the forefront of creating display drones, which are known as a ‘shooting star drones’ for their ability to light up a night sky, not unlike shooting stars. These ‘shooting star’ drones have become more and more popular as the company as showcased this technology on numerous occasions. Continue reading Drone Used for Epic Fourth of July Fireworks Display



Drone Operators Celebrate As Local Council Removes Ban

In December 2017, Ballarat City Council removed the right for drone operators to fly their aircraft over public spaces in the municipal land. These changes meant that operators who wanted to fly within 100 metres of council land or road needed to apply for a permit. Continue reading Drone Operators Celebrate As Local Council Removes Ban


Postal Drone Crashes on its Maiden Flight

Everyone loves a good hobby crash fail story. Last week there were reports out of Washington DC that a security guard robot fell into a water fountain and truthfully, we have only just stopped laughing about it. Look at the image below to see the hilarity for yourself. Now a similar incident has happened in Russia a couple of days ago when a drone crashes into a tree. Continue reading Postal Drone Crashes on its Maiden Flight


BMW Teams Up with Drone Racing League

Drone racing is an emerging sport that people are continually invested and interested in. It’s not only drone racing fans who are invested in the sport, BMW has shown equal interest in the sport by announcing their partnership with Drone Racing League (DRL). DRL is the largest international drone racing organisations. Its CEO and founder Nicholas Horbaczewski labels the sport of drone racing as ‘furturistic’ and can ‘make history’. Continue reading BMW Teams Up with Drone Racing League


Passenger drone debuts at SXSW in Austin

South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas has always been the go-to conference for tech startups and tech giants alike to share their latest innovations. It has also always been at the forefront of premiering the best drone technology. Last year, Amazon debuted their delivery drones to eager drone enthusiasts and this year, Continue reading Passenger drone debuts at SXSW in Austin


Drone Tech Now Being Used for Insurance Claims

We’ve previously reported the use of drone technology in a number of different industries. For example, drones have been used down a runway for Milan Fashion Week, as well as for agricultural purposes. Needless to say, drone technology has been used for much more than just your average hobby or sport. Continue reading Drone Tech Now Being Used for Insurance Claims


How to Balance a Prop

Balancing a prop is one of the most important things when building a multicopter or a plane. In this article, I will be using a slowfly 2 blade plastic prop as an example. Please note that the method differs depending on the prop type i.e. 3 blade prop, wooden prop, etc.

It pays to have a good prop balancing tool. Continue reading How to Balance a Prop



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