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.