UAVs are significantly different from rovers. They aren't tethered to the ground, have a greater range (generally), and are far more dangerous to work with. Sounds exciting, right? In this chapter, we'll cover the complexities of designing an aerial drone. We'll talk about airframes, weight, flight time, and propulsion. Let's talk a bit about safety first, so we can make things a bit less exciting, okay?
We'll be covering the following topics:
- Safety concerns
- Propellers - flying cuisinarts!
- Designing for air and ground
- Learning some physics
- Designing a multicopter airframe
- Designing a fixed wing-airplane)