Drones: Step by step to build and fly a racing quadcopter.
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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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Last updated 5/2017
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 Articles
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
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  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • English:
  • 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.
  • Português:
  • Escolha os componentes e equipamentos necessários para construir um quadricõptero de corrida.
  • Entenda como cada componente funciona, de forma simples e prática.
  • Tire o máximo de sua bateria escolhendo a capacidade correta para seu quadricóptero.
  • Voe seu quadricóptero de corrida desde manobras básicas até o avançado võo em primeira pessoa (FPV).
  • Grave seus vôos em qualidade HD com equipamento de qualidade e custo acessível.
  • Construa qualquer tipo de multirotor ou melhore seu quadricóptero de corrida.
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Requirements
  • English:
  • 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.
  • Português:
  • Um pouco de paciência, curiosidade e entusiasmo!
  • Você vai precisar saber utilizar ferramentas comuns, ferro de solda, uma bancada e um computador (PC ou Mac) para a configuração do seu quadricóptero.
  • A lista dos componentes e pasted necessárias está disponível na segunda leitura do curso.
Description

English

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.

Português

Este curso é sobre a construção e pilotagem de drones. De forma direta e bem simplificada, vamos construir juntos um quadricoptero completo. Vou ajuda-lo a escolher todos os componentes e equipamentos necessários, explicar como cada um funciona, dar-lhe dicas para voar com segurança e também gravar vídeos.

  • Voce vai rapidamente dominar a construcao de um quadricoptero e entender como ele funciona.
  • Em seguida, eu vou ensinar-lhe os controles básicos, ajudá-lo a voar seu quadricoptero, mostrar-lhe como se divertir usando com FPV (visão de primeira pessoa) e também vou mostrar-lhe como gravar vídeos de qualidade HD com equipamento de custo acessível.
  • Basta seguir minhas instruções e praticar com o seu quadricoptero. Em breve você vai se tornar um grande piloto.

Estarei ao seu lado para ajudá-lo sempre que precisar ou tiver alguma dificuldade e também usaremos o fórum do curso para ver seu progresso e trocar experiências.

Você deve fazer este curso se você quiser aprender sobre drones e deseja se divertir com este hobby maravilhoso.


Who is the target audience?
  • English:
  • 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!
  • Português:
  • Este curso foi feito para qualquer pessoa que buscando aprender como voar multirotores de forma rápida e segura. Você irá aprender dicas de vôo, segurança e despertar o TOP GUN que existe em você voando em promeira pessoa (FPV).
  • Qualquer pessoa que deseja iniciar neste hobby maravilhoso, com custo-benefício excelente.
  • Não faça este curso caso você não gosta de se divertir e evita sentir a adrenalina fluindo em suas veias.
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Curriculum For This Course
47 Lectures
06:32:42
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Introduction / Introdução
1 Lecture 01:50

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

Uma breve descrição do curso.

Preview 01:50
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Choosing the components, parts and equipments / Escolhendo os componentes
2 Lectures 11:46

Lets take a look on each part of our quadcopter!

Meeting the components / Conhecendo os componentes
09:49

This is the list of essentials and advanced (optional) materials for the drone construction / Esta é a lista de materiais essenciais e avançados (opcional) para a construção do drone.

Preview 01:56
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The LIPO Battery / A bateria LIPO
3 Lectures 22:42

English:
You will need a power source for your drone so its time to learn about it! In this section you will learn to choose the battery for your quadcopter.

Português:
Você vai precisar de energia para seu drone, portanto é hora de aprender a respeito! Nesta sessão você vai aprender a escolher a bateria para ser quadricóptero.

Understanding LIPO batteries / Entendendo as baterias LIPO
08:57

English:
Understand the connections and cables from the battery and charger.

Portugês:
Entendendo as conexões e os cabos da bateria e carregador

Charging your LIPO Battery / Carregando sua bateria
02:39

English:
Learn how to charge your battery using the IMAX B6 charger

Português:
Aprenda a carregar sua bateria utilizando o carregador Imax B6.

Preview 11:06
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The Radio Control / O Radio controle
2 Lectures 05:40

English:
Understand the basic radio transmitter functions.

Português:
Entendendo as funções básicas do rádio transmissor.

Taking a look at the Radio Transmitter / O Transmissor
05:40

English:
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.

Português:
Seu rádio e receptor já devem devem vir "pareados" de fábrica. Se o seu transmissor ainda não estiver conectado com o seu receptor ou se necessitar ligar um receptor novo a sea rádio, siga as instruções na página 7 do manual de rádio para aprender a fazer o "bind" o receptor ao transmissor de rádio.

Siga o esquema de conexão impresso no receptor para conectar as baterias da maneira correta.

Receiver binding / Conectando o receptor ao transmissor (binding)
43 pages
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Putting it all together / Juntando Tudo
14 Lectures 02:13:39

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

Engine thread clockwise/counter-clockwise Motores: aperto horário/anti-horario
04:41

Before you begin to assemble the quadcopter arms / Montando os braços
00:42

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

Engine spinning test / Teste de direção de giro
11:35

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.

Assembly the arms - clockwise thread / Montando os braços - Giro horário
09:23

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.

Assembly the arms - counter-clockwise thread / Montando os braços - Giro horário
15:26

Lets start to assemble the frame structure.

Frame assembly - Part I / Montagem do quadro - Parte I
03:26

Assembling the arms.

Frame assembly - Part II / Montagem do quadro - Parte II
08:20

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.

Connecting the the battery - Part I / Conectando a bateria - Parte I
19:56

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.

Connecting the the battery - Part II / Conectando a bateria - Parte II
11:08

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

The battery connector / O conector da bateria
06:25

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

Finishing the bottom of the quadcopter / Terminando a parte de baixo
11:24

Installing the flight controller on the frame.

Installing the flight controller - Part I / Instalando a controladora - Parte I
14:16

Connecting the ESCs to the flight controller.

Installing the flight controller - Part II / Instalando a controladora - Part II
08:33

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!

How to install the receiver / Como instalar o receptor
08:24
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Flight controller and radio setup / Configurando a placa de vôo e o rario
4 Lectures 35:32

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.

Choosing the channel 5 on the radio / Escolhendo o quinto canal do radio
03:45

Download and install the Openpilot Ground Control Statino.

Download - OpenPilot GCS (Ground Control Station)
00:46

This is the first part of the flight controller setup.

Flight Controller and radio Config I / Configurando a Placa de vôo e rádio - I
16:44

This is the second part of the flight controller setup.

Flight Controller and radio Config II / Configurando a placa de vôo e rádio II
14:17
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Final steps
5 Lectures 29:41

How to install the propellers on the quadcopter.

Installing the propellers / instalando as hélices
07:14

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

Fixing the receiver antenna / Fixando a antena do receptor
05:07

How to hold the battery on the quadcopter frame.

Fixing the battery / Fixando a bateria
04:10

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.

Testing your quadcopter / Testando seu quadricóptero
06:10

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!

My first flight test / Meu primeiro teste de vôo
07:00
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Security / Segurança
1 Lecture 03:43

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.

Safety first / Segurança em primeiro lugar
03:43
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Flight Simulators and cheap drones for practicing / Simulador e drones pequeenos
1 Lecture 05:09

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.

Not confortable on your first flight? Don´t worry / Mantenha a calma!
05:09
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The sky is the limit / O céu é o limite
1 Lecture 08:02

Basic commands to practice and learn to fly your quadcopter.

Practicing with your quadcopter / Praticando com seu quadricóptero
08:02
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About the Instructor
Silvio A C Gollega Jr
4.1 Average rating
70 Reviews
627 Students
1 Course
Software Developer, Drone Pilot and Teacher

English:

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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Portuguese:

Sou graduado em Ciência da Computação e trabalho com tecnologia da informação como Desenvolvedor de Software. Ciência e tecnologia são minha área favorita.

Trabalhei na Escola Técnica Federal de São Paulo, durante sete anos. Ensinei na universidade SANTA CECILIA DOS BANDEIRANTES (a mesma universidade onde me formei), ensinando redes de computadores e linguagem de programação por mais de dois anos. Eu tenho muita experiência em ensinar e interagir com as pessoas, algo que eu realmente gosto.

Eu também sou um veterano em aeromodelos  R / C. Meu pai me ensinou a voar aeromodelos R / C quando eu era criança e esta experiência tornou-se parte da minha vida desde então. Eu já tive diferentes tipos de R / C como aviões, carros e barcos. Agora estou envolvido com quadricopteros e sua tecnologia.

A cerca de dois anos atrás eu comecei a construir e voar quadricopteros e fiquei muito entusiasmado. Aprendi que é possível construir drones estáveis e confiáveis sem gastar muito dinheiro, garantindo-me muita diversão. Eu decidi compartilhar este conhecimento através deste curso para ajudar aqueles que estão interessados neste hobby maravilhoso.

Estou sempre inovando e aprendendo mais e mais sobre a tecnologia de multirotores, me divertindo bastante com os meus quadricopteros.

Para mim, voar multicopteros é um passatempo saudável e um grande aliviador do stress.