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Designing Purpose-Built Drones for Ardupilot Pixhawk 2.1

By : Ty Audronis
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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

Safety concerns

Before even considering designing an aerial drone, you first need to figure out a testing ground. As an example, I'll show you what I use, but before we get into that, let's talk about the requirements you should look for:

  1. Authorized for RC air traffic: An Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA- authorized flying field is a good place to start with. You know that RC aircraft are okay in the area if there is such a flying field. If there isn't one in your area, the next place to look is at FAA charts. You can find current online charts at SkyVector ( These charts will show all restricted airspace. Anything unrestricted is okay to fly RC aircraft.


  1. Remote: Just because an area allows RC aircraft does not mean it's safe to test a new aircraft (especially an autonomous one). You'll need to make sure that there aren't any major buildings, homes, or pedestrians in the area that could get damaged (or even killed) if it crashes or decides...