Quadcopter basics:Learn about drone parts and how they work
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Quadcopter basics:Learn about drone parts and how they work

A beginners guide to understand quadcopters, its parts, how it flies, the tech used. Even a part list to build your own!
3.5 (20 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,250 students enrolled
Last updated 1/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 5 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Gain valuable understanding of drones and its underlying technology
  • Learn the basics parts of a Drone and how it helps.
  • Know how a drone works and how it flys
  • Get a shopping list to build your own drone
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Requirements
  • None, just your curiosity to fly a model aircraft/Drone
Description

Welcome to quadcopter 101, the course that gives your a good understanding of a drone, its parts, how it flies and where and what to buy to build your own drone/quadcopter.

My videos show each part in details and I explain the use of those parts and give you details on how the part works. Don't worry I explain it in easy to understand terms.

I have included a detailed shopping list that lists out all the parts needed and show you where to buy them too.

I have broken down the course into intro, quick overview and individual parts break down. You can jump around any where in the course to learn each item independently.

The course not too long not too short at the end of the day, you will know the basics of a drone and be confident to star building your drone.

This "DESTIN2016" should bring down the price to $9. Only limited coupons available, so hurry up and grab them before they are gone!

Who is this course for?
  • This course is meant for hobbyists, students ,technology enthusiasts and all that want to build a well flying Drone for themselves or for a friend.
  • Anyone who wants to learn the basics and eventually build your own.
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for hobbyists, students ,technology enthusiasts and all that want to build a well flying Drone for themselves or for a friend.
  • Anyone who wants to build a Drone.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
01:14:38
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Chapter 1 - Introduction to Quadcopter
1 Lecture 02:09

This section introduces what a drone is, gives a definition for a quadcopter and show other types of multirotors.

Preview 02:09
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Chapter 2 - Major parts of a quadcopter
1 Lecture 03:26

In this chapter, I will quickly browse through all the major parts of a quadcopter.

This is to give you a brief intro before I elaborate these parts in the next chapters.

Preview 03:26

Just a quick quick on what the the major parts are.

Parts run Down
3 questions
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Frame of a quadcopter.
1 Lecture 07:21

This lecture shows you what a frame in a drone is and the different components of a frame and how it is used in a quadcopter.

Preview 07:21

Lets check what you know about a quadcopter frame

I know all about Frames
2 questions
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Power system of a quadcopter
1 Lecture 08:09
In this chapter I will explain what is the power system of multicopter or a quadcopter. In other words, how does a quadcopter get its power, what is the principle source of power and how it gets to the motors and other onboard components.
Power system of a quadcopter
08:09
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Flight power
3 Lectures 11:54

In this chapter I explain what or how does the quadcopter takes shape. What is the body of the quadcopter.

How does the quad fly.
06:13

This quiz is to check your knowledge of flight dynamics of a quadcopter.

I know how a quad flies
2 questions

Flight power is primarily via the electric brushless motors. This chapter talks about motors and how and what about them.

Flight Power - Brushless Motors
03:39

Well, you can't just add power to the motor and expect it to do its thing. We need a speed controller, specifically an Electronic speed controller. I will go over all that now.

Electronic Speed Controls for brushless motors.
02:02
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Flight Controller
1 Lecture 09:13

Hi guys welcome back to quad copter 101. This chapter is all about Flight Controllers.

In this chapter, I will go over the basics of a flight controller and tell you how a flight controller works. I will walk you thru what a typical flight controller has on board and show you a few Flight controller I use.

Intro to flight controller and what I use.
09:13
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Radio control (RC) used in a quadcopter.
2 Lectures 14:44

This lecture talks about how to control your quadcopter , how to make it fly in the direction you want and do things that you want it to do.

What you use is an RC Transmitter. This talks about RC transmitter and all about it.

RC Transmitter - The what and how
14:44

In this "lecture" I walk you thru the basics of a RC receiver and explain the various receivers and their whats and hows.


RC Recivers - The what and how.
5 pages
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What else?
1 Lecture 00:00

In this lecture, I go over things that you need to keep in mind and what kind of safety measures you need to consider before, during and after flight of a drone.

Safety and other things to consider
6 pages
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The shopping list!
2 Lectures 01:03

Listed here are all the parts that I usually use to build my own quadcopter. These parts have been chosen after several trial and errors.


Every part has a link to where I got them.


Let me know if you have any questions.

List out the list!
01:03

This lecture contains all suppliers that I use regularly to buy various parts and replacement.

Popular suppliers to get parts
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About the Instructor
Yogesh Ramakrishnan
3.5 Average rating
48 Reviews
1,875 Students
2 Courses
A consummate technologist with borderline nerd tendancies

I am a software engineer currently working with a leading technology company, designing and developing mission critical applications.

As an extension to my professional life I have been building and flying drones for a few years now and I have made my share of mistakes and learned a lot too.

I graduated with an electrical engineering degree and extended with and advanced degree in software engineering .

Quad copters and the technology behind it is a very good confluence of technology between software and hardware.

Being a consummate technologist and border line nerd tendencies help me a lot with this hobby. I am glad I found my passion in this hobby, it is so fulfilling and challenging.

I can't wait to see where and how this technology advances for the betterment of humanity.