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Multirotor Systems 101

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.

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.

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  • Christina

    I missed this meetup but hopefully there will be another like it.

    March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Some great info, thanks for the time Chris!!

    March 6, 2014

  • Dom

    Lots of helpful information. Really appreciate it.

    March 5, 2014

  • Robert S.

    I was very much looking forward to learning from the group. Got held over at work. I am hopeful another meeting of this type will be organized before spring. Thanks for all those that donate their time and efforts

    March 5, 2014

  • Troy D. W.

    In the future, my company could host 40-50 people in our conference space. We're on the opposite side of 267 (toll road) from Nova Labs - off Wiehle and Sunrise. Plus a large patio and even some open space for flying.

    March 5, 2014

    • Christopher V.

      Thanks, Troy! Actually I might want to take you up on that for the next Multirotor Systems 101 talk, or the Multirotor PID Tuning Basics (103), perhaps in 1 month or so.

      March 5, 2014

  • Christopher V.

    Found a space to host the event!

    1 · March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Chris, what kind of space do we need? I am wondering if we couldn't find some unused hotel conference room or something. If that would work lease let me know and I will make some calls.

    March 5, 2014

  • Jason H.

    Ditto Stephen's question - does this have a home yet? Really impacts what time I leave work...Thanks!

    March 4, 2014

    • Christopher V.

      I will check. We might have to reschedule this event if we don't confirm a venue by say, 1 PM tomorrow.

      March 4, 2014

  • Stephen

    Has a location been determined for this event?

    1 · March 4, 2014

    • Christopher V.

      No not yet, still asking around. I need a place but everywhere is booked, it's a busy time of year.

      March 4, 2014

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