Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun
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Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

Go past the basics and explore some of the most exciting features and capabilities of your drone
4.1 (80 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,528 students enrolled
Last updated 10/2019
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Improve the features of your FlySky radio controller so that you can take full advantage of the hardware.
  • Set up radio telemetry between your computer and the drone so that you can track and control your drone from your computer in real time.
  • Configure fail-safes to prevent avoidable injuries and damage to your drone.
  • Record high-definition flight video and transmit first-person video to a monitor on the ground.
  • Setup and configure flight modes.
  • Design simple and more complicated missions that your drone can execute on its own.
Requirements
  • Ideally, you will have completed the course "Make an Open Source Drone".
  • The required parts as listed in the Parts and Tools lecture in section 1 (free access).
  • A Windows computer with the Mission Planner software.
  • A Mac OS computer with the APM software (this includes most functions found in Mission Planner).
Description

In our first drone course “Make an Open Source Drone”, you learned how to build a quadcopter based on open source software and hardware.

You now have a modern programmable aircraft and a good understanding of the principles of drone flight and of the skills needed to enjoy being a drone pilot.

In this course, you’ll take your knowledge and skill to the next level. You’ll go past the basics and explore some of the most exciting features and capabilities of your drone.

Your drone, from simply reacting to your radio instructions, will look as if it has a mind of its own, and fly itself.

I promise, the first time you experience your drone flawlessly execute a mission, you will feel proud and thrilled.

By the end of this course, you’ll learn:

  • how to improve the features of your FlySky radio controller so that you can take full advantage of the hardware,
  • How to set up radio telemetry between your computer and the drone so that you can track and control your drone from your computer in real time,
  • How to configure fail-safes to prevent avoidable injuries and damage to your drone,
  • How to record high-definition flight video and transmit first-person video to a monitor on the ground,
  • How to setup and configure flight modes,
  • And most important, how to design simple and more complicated missions that your drone can execute on its own.

I invite you to review the free lectures in the first section of this course to find out more details about it.

If you are excited about learning how to to make your open source drone even more fun, join many other Makers and me in "Make an Open Source Drone: More fun"!

Who this course is for:
  • Drone pilots who have a basic understanding of their aircraft and are ready to learn more.
  • Graduates of Tech Explorations Make an Open Source Drone.
  • Anyone interested in learning about the Ardupilot firmware and the Pixhawk flight controller.
Course content
Expand all 47 lectures 04:13:45
+ Flysky FS-i6 firmware upgrade
8 lectures 55:37
2050 - Download firmware installer and upgrade process
08:21
2065 - How to unbrick your controller
07:34
2067 - Re-bind transmitter and receiver
04:23
2070a - Transmitter calibration
12:20
2070b - Transmitter calibration
11:34
2080 - Subtrim calibration
04:13
+ Radio Telemetry
7 lectures 32:42
2100 - Radio Telemetry introduction
02:05
2105a - Setup the radio telemetry hardware
06:25
2105b - Configure the radio telemetry net ID
06:53
2110 - Setup channels using a serial monitor
08:42
2120a - Connect and test radio telemetry
04:27
2120b - Using APM Planner on Mac OS
02:05
2130 - Radio telemetry test flight
02:05
+ Failsafes
5 lectures 26:46
2150 - Failsafes Introduction
01:54
2160 - Radio failsafe (transmitter loss of connection)
09:07
2170 - Geofencing
04:27
2180 - Battery failsafe
07:08
2195 - Test flight: geofencing
04:10
+ Cameras
5 lectures 30:47
2210 - Introduction to drone cameras
03:13
2220 - Setup the HD recording camera Firefly Q6
09:24
2250 - Test footage of the HD recording camera
08:52
2240 - Test footage of the HD recording camera
02:03
2260 - Setup of the FPV monitor
07:15
+ Flight modes
6 lectures 40:36
2300 - Introduction to flight modes
01:18
2310 - Basic flight modes
10:50
2320a - Setup flight modes on RC switches
05:14
2320b - Super Simple Mode and Simple Mode
04:01
2325 - How to change flight mode parameters
10:47
2330 - Test flight- flight modes
08:26
+ Mission planning
9 lectures 45:39
2410 - Introduction to mission planning
00:49
2420a - Simple Mission design
10:53
2420b - Simple Mission simulation
05:37
2420c - Simple Mission upload to drone
02:12
2420d - Simple Mission refetch a map segment
01:26
2430 - Create a more advanced Mission
05:22
2440 - Agricultural-type mission
07:04
2450 - Polygon fencing
03:38
2455 - Test flight- Mission
08:38
+ Power
3 lectures 15:47
2470 - Introduction to Power
00:55
2480 - Pixhawk ESC secondary power
08:15
2500 - TOP - Battery tester
06:37
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 01:35
What's next
00:51
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