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Designing Purpose-Built Drones for Ardupilot Pixhawk 2.1

By : Ty Audronis
Book Image

Designing Purpose-Built Drones for Ardupilot Pixhawk 2.1

By: Ty Audronis

Overview of this book

The Ardupilot platform is an application ecosystem that encompasses various OS projects for drone programming, flight control, and advanced functionalities.The Ardupilot platform supports many Comms and APIs, such as DroneKit, ROS, and MAVLink. It unites OS drone projects to provide a common codebase. With the help of this book, you will have the satisfaction of building a drone from scratch and exploring its many recreational uses (aerial photography, playing, aerial surveillance, and so on). This book helps individuals and communities build powerful UAVs for both personal and commercial purposes. You will learn to unleash the Ardupilot technology for building, monitoring, and controlling your drones.This is a step-by-step guide covering practical examples and instructions for assembling a drone, building ground control unit using microcontrollers, QgroundControl, and MissionPlanner. You can further build robotic applications on your drone utilizing critical software libraries and tools from the ROS framework. With the help of DroneKit and MAVLink (for reliable communication), you can customize applications via cloud and mobile to interact with your UAV.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

Chapter 5. Introduction to UAVs

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)