Multicopters are not the only kind of drone, but they have become an enduring icon of the rise of aerial robotics in the last few years. Small, easy-to-fly, and maneuverable, multicopters have become a practical and inexpensive way to get fantastic perspectives with aerial photography; create high resolution, up to date maps; deliver small payloads; and simply build and fly your own robots for fun. They can VTOL, hover, and even perform acrobatic maneuvers.
This session is DC DUG's "getting started" discussion for the world of multirotors, and is intended as a prelude to the DC DUG build workshop to:
• Help you decide what you need to purchase if you want to buy your own multirotor (either off-the-shelf or DIY)
• Understand the various system components of a multirotor and the basic tradeoffs and limitations involved in each part of the system --- Motors, Propellers, ESCs, Radio Transmitters, Telemetry, FPV.
• Get an idea of what the "state of the art" is --- I try and keep this part of the lecture up-to-date.
• Discuss the legal and regulatory status of using small multicopters today as a hobbyist and professional.
• Learn where to get help.
• Meet up with other DC Drone User Group Members and make connections
The scope of this 101 session is to cover the technology basics from a systems perspective, and does NOT at all cover the breadth or depth of topics involved in the world of unmanned aerial systems; such as flight procedures, physics, electrical engineering, aeronautical engineering, control theory, software programming, piloting, ethics and law, etc.
The speaker is a PhD student at George Mason University studying motion planning algorithms for autonomous robotics.