In our past articles we've explored some of the basics of the mechanics of Quadcopters. In this article we'll be doing something a bit different and discussing the algorithms behind how the Quadcopter keeps itself stable.
It's okay if you don't know C or understand what's going on in this file, that's part of the purpose of this article!
Most intelligent devices existing in the physical world, a quadcopter included, take input from sensors and act on them in some way, possibly producing an output.Continue reading...
Arduino: Motor Fun!
Lately we've been playing with Quadcopters a lot, one of the key components of any copter is it's motors! I'll be writing about motors next, but before that I wanted to share some small, short Arduino 'labs' that you can do either on your own or with your cohort!
All of these 'labs' are as inexpensive as we could manage in terms of parts, with the exception of the Arduino.Continue reading...
Quadcopters: The Board
This post is less about the mechanics of the quadcopter and more to satisfy those curious about what exactly is on the board.
Here are links to the schematics and component placements:
On the pictures below we'll use the schematic symbols as they are shortest.Continue reading...
Spinnning tens of thousands times a second, four rotors cut through the air with their propellors. Their motion lifts them in unison, for they are connected together. In the center of the apparatus sits a bank of sensors, processors, and a radio acting in concert to control the great flow of air passing over it.
Some ways away, perhaps near, perhaps far, its pilot watches over it. Whether by program or controller, they hold the fate of the airborne being in their hands.
Quadcopters are fascinating marriages of physics, electronics, aviation, and computer science that have only become popular in the last couple of years. Examining them allows us to explore a number of interesting topics.
But first, a bit of an introduction...Continue reading...