Drones: Step by step to build and fly a racing quadcopter.

Learn to build and fly a racing quadcopter from scratch, with accessible cost components and equipment.
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  • Lectures 47
  • Length 6.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2015 English

Course Description

This course is about building and piloting drones. Directly and in a simply way, we will build together a complete quadcopter. I will help you to choose all the components and necessary equipment, explain how each component works, give you tips to fly with safety and also record videos.

  • You will quickly master a quadcopter contruction and understand how it works.

    Then, I will teach you the basic controls, help you to fly your quadcopter, show you how to have fun with FPV systems (first person view) and I will also show you how to record HD quality videos with accessible cost equipment.

  • Just follow my instructions and practice with your quadcopter. Soon you will become a great pilot.

I will be around to assist you whenever you need or have any difficulty and we will also use the course forum to see your progress and exchange experiences.


You should take this course if you want to learn about drones and wish to have fun with this wonderful hobby.

What are the requirements?

  • A little bit of patience, curiosity and enthusiasm!
  • You will need to use common tools, a soldering iron, a workbench and a computer (PC or MAC) for the quadrotor configuration.
  • A list of components and needed parts will be provided in lecture 2.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Choose the components and equipments needed to build a racing quadcopter.
  • Understand how each component works in a simple way.
  • Get the most out of the battery choosing its correct capacity for your multirotor.
  • Fly your racing quadcopter from basic moves to advance first person view (FPV) flight.
  • Record your flights in HD quality videos with a simple and affordable set.
  • Build any multirotor type or improve your racing quadcopter.

What is the target audience?

  • Everyone who is looking for a complete path to build a racing quadcopter from scratch in a quick and easy way should take this course. No previous knowledge is needed.
  • This course is for everyone interested to learn how to fly multirotors quickly and in a safe way. You will learn basic flight tips, security actions and will awake the TOP GUN within you with first person flight (FPV).
  • Everyone who wishes to start this amazing hobby with low cost and amazing results.
  • You should not take this course if you dont like to have fun and avoids to feel the adrenaline flowing in your veins!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
01:50

A quick preview of what you will get with the course.

Section 2: Choosing the components, parts and equipments
Article

Lets take a look on each part of our quadcopter!

Article

This is the list of essentials and advanced (optional) materials for the drone construction.

Section 3: The LIPO Battery
Article

You will need a power source for your drone do its time to learn about it!

In this section you will learn to choose the battery fot your quadcopter.

Article

Understand the connections and cables from the battery and charger.

11:06

Learn how to charge your battery using the IMAX B6 charger.

Section 4: The Radio Control
Article

Understand the basic radio transmitter functions.

43 pages

Your radio and receiver should come "binded" from factory. If your transmitter is not talking to your receiver yet or if you need to bind a secont receiver to your radio, follow the instructions on page 7 from the radio manual to learn how to "bind" the receiver to the radio transmitter.


Follow the connection schema printed on the receiver to plug the batteries in the correct way.

Section 5: Putting it all together
04:41

Now we will understand the engines thread differences and learn to choose the engine spinning direction.

Before you begin to assemble the quadcopter arms
Article
11:35

The engine spinning direction in a simpler way and more explanations.

09:23

Engines with clockwise thread.


In this section I will show you how to assemble a complete quadcopter arm with the engine and ESC connected.

You will test the spinning direction of the engine and make sure that it is spinning in the right direction.


We will use the radio, receiver and batteries to test the engine spin.


I will show you one build, but you have to do it two times. We need two arms with this configuration for the quadcopter.

15:26

Engines with counter-clockwise thread.


In this section I will show you how to assemble a complete quadcopter arm with the engine and ESC connected.

You will test the spinning direction of the engine and make sure that it is spinning in the right direction.


We will use the radio, receiver and batteries to test the engine spin.


I will show you one build, but you have to do it two times. We need two arms with this configuration for the quadcopter.

03:26

Lets start to assemble the frame structure.

08:20

Assembling the arms.

19:56

In this section we will start to build the power cable of all electronics on the quadcopter to the battery.
This cable needs two wires: Positive (red) and Negative (black).

This first part will show you how to build the positive (red) wire.

11:08

In this section we will continue to build the power cable of all electronics on the quadcopter to the battery.


This second part will show you how to build the negative (black) wire.

06:25

Now you will connect the battery connector (XT60) and finish the wires connections.

11:24

Let´s close the bottom of the frame and keep the wires protected.

14:16

Installing the flight controller on the frame.

08:33

Connecting the ESCs to the flight controller.

08:24

In order to take control of your drone the flight controller must know what you want it to do. The receiver is the bridge between your commands and the flight controller. Let´s connect the receiver now!

Section 6: Flight controller and radio setup
03:45

Before going thru the the flight controller setup, let's choose the switch that will work as the 5th channel on the radio. This switch will be used to turn on acro or normal mode.

Choose one of the radio switches that better fits for you.

When turned off (0) the normal flight mode will be selected.
When turned on (1) the acro (acrobatic) mode will be selected.

In normal flight mode the quadcopter will self-level automatically when you release the roll or pitch controls.
It's much easier to fly.

In acro mode the quadcopter will not level itself automatically and you should level the quadcopter.
It's harder to fly especially if you never did it before.

Article

Download and install the Openpilot Ground Control Statino.

16:44

This is the first part of the flight controller setup.

14:17

This is the second part of the flight controller setup.

Section 7: Final steps
07:14

How to install the propellers on the quadcopter.

05:07

Choose where to fix the receiver antenna on the quadcopter frame.

04:10

How to hold the battery on the quadcopter frame.

06:10

This is not a flight yet. Let´s see if everything is working fine and if the quadcopter is responding correctly.
Be careful when holding the quadcopter in your hands when doing this exercise.

07:00

Since the weather haven't helped me to test the quadcopter outside, I decided to test it at home...
On the kitchen floor!

Please test your quadrotor off home in a large area, especially if you've never flown before.

Always think about safety!

I included in this video some tips on how to take off from your quadcopter that might be useful.

I know that I am not being an example in this video.

Anyway, just do as I say and don't do as I do!

Section 8: Security
Article

Before flying around with your drone, keep in mind some security rules and common sence. There are also rules to be respected depending on the country you live.

Section 9: Flight Simulators and other cheap drones for flying practicing
Article

Consider using Flight Simulators and low cost quadcopters for flying practice before put your master piece on the field. I use both, all the time!

Let´s see some options.

Section 10: The sky is the limit
08:02

Basic commands to practice and learn to fly your quadcopter.

Section 11: Aerial videos
Article

A low cost camera with amazing video quality!

12:41

How to install the camera anti-vibration base and the camera holder on the frame.

08:34

How to install the camera anti-vibration base and the camera holder on the frame (part 2)

01:48

How to install the camera anti-vibration base and the camera holder on the frame (part 3)

11:40

Download the camera software, setup the camera modes and firmware updates.

06:35

How to record videos and change the camera modes.

Section 12: First Person View systems
13:19

Using a FPV system will give you another perspective of flying, putting you in the cockpit of his drone.

Lots of fun ahead!

12:01

How to use the mobius camera with the FPV system. (first part)

17:41

How to use the mobius camera with the FPV system. (second part)

Section 13: Final considerations
02:21

Yep! It's the end of the course.

I hope by now you already have in your hands a beautiful quadcopter, having fun with it!

03:42

These are some video samples taken with my quadcopter using the mobius camera.

Hope you Enjoy!

Article

You already built your quadcopter and became a pilot. What else can be done from now?

Section 14: Let´s Keep in touch!
Article

Let me know how you are doing with your quadcopter. Share your photos, videos and keep in touch.

I will be glad to receive your feedback and see your progress!

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Instructor Biography

Silvio A C Gollega Jr, Software Developer, Drone Pilot and Teacher

I am graduated in Computer Science and work with information technology as a Software Developer. Science and technology are my favorite area.

I worked at the Federal Technical School of Sao Paulo teaching computer programming language during seven years. I taught at the university SANTA CECILIA DOS BANDEIRANTES (the same university where I graduated), teaching computer networks and programming language for over two years. I have a lot of experience in teaching and interacting with people, something that I really like.

I am also a veteran in R/C model airplanes. My father told me how to fly R/C airplanes when I was a kid and this experience became part of my life since then. I already had different types of R/C airplanes, cars and boats. Now I am involved with quadcopters and its technology.


About two years ago I started to build and fly quadcopters and I got very enthusiastic. I learned that is possible to build stable and reliable drones without spending too much money, assuring me lots of fun. I decided to share this knowledge through this course to help those who are interested in this wonderful hobby.

I am Increasingly innovating and learning more and more about multirotors technology, having a lot of fun with my quadcopters.

For me, flying multicopters is a healthy hobby and a great stress reliever.



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