This class is a hands-on introduction to multirotors and we will be assembling and flying your quadcopter or hexacopter of choice. Please visit http://ctrl.me/Quadcopters-101 for brief intro to quadcopters.
The goal of this class is to familiarize you with multirotors and build your first quadcopter or hexacopter. Past attendees have averaged 1.5 class to finish their project, but a few individuals have managed to fly their quadcopter at the end of their first class.
Things we will cover:
Basic Principles Individual Component Function Complete Assembly Controller Configuration Testing and Troubleshooting
We will be focused on the following kits, but feel free to bring other kits you already have and we will be happy to help if we are able to. These kits are fundamentally very similar.
F330 ARF Kit, Great starter quadcopter that is powerful enough to carry a small camera and GPS. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F330-ARF-Kit) F450 ARF Kit, This quadcopter is a little larger than the F330, which results in higher payload carrying capabilities. You can easily mount a GPS and a GoPro or similar size camera to this model. Can also be used for FPV. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F450-ARF-Kit) F550 ARF Kit, Hexacopter with enough power to carry a small DSLR, GPS and even FPV equipment. Recommended for individuals who aim to use their multirotor for serious aerial photography. (http://ctrl.me/DJI-F550-ARF-KIT)
You will in addition also need a controller, battery, charger and transmitter/receiver combo.
We recommend the following additional parts as a good place to start.
For flight controllers: Choose the Quadrino Controller (Arduino based) if you like open source hardware, have arduino programming experience and want the ability to change the source code in the future. Chose the DJI controllers if you want a quick and easy setup, with minimal tinkering and excellent flight characteristics.(http://ctrl.me/Parts/Controllers) 3300mAh 3s=S or 4S battery (http://ctrl.me/Accessories/LiPo-Battery-Chargers)
Kits and parts can be purchased online at www.ctrl.me and all LA Robotics Members receive 10% off Multirotor Kits with the coupon: Meetup
Please make sure that you choose "PICKUP" if you wish to use the coupon and contact me if you run into any issues or have any questions.
There is absolutely no requirement that you purchase kits and parts from www.ctrl.me, but we do appreciate your support.
Signup Fee: We changed the fee structure to $20 per build (you have up to 3 people building one multirotor) This will cover essentials like, tools, solder, heat shrink, drinks and allows us to have an addtional Ctrl.Me staff member help out.
Tools: We have all the tools necessary, but please bring your own soldering iron if you have one. Let's build some quadcopters!