I am in the process of buying the parts to build Quadrotor. I like to order the ArduCopter
3DR Quad KIT, Frame + MOTORS ($295.00) and the APM 2.0 Purple Full
Kit Assembled ( https://store.diydrones.com/ArduCopter_3DR_Quad_KIT_Frame_MOTORS_p/...
and https://store.diydrones.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=BR-ArduP... ).
Can you tell me what else I need to get? Also, what do I need to communicate between the computer and the quadrotor?
A sonar is a good idea, and an xbee telemetry kit for PC to quad communication.
Thats pretty much it :)
What about the a radio transmitter and a receiver?
I started with a Turnigy 9x. Excellent value for money and a really good quality (for the price) product!
The only mod i did to it was remove the frikken buzzer! I replaced it with an LED.
I think DIY Drones store should put together a "starter" pack that includes all the arducopter electronics/frame/escs/motors as well as a radio TX/RX, battery charger and 2 batteries.
Basically everything need to get airborne... Would be great for noobs, I would of bought one!
Walmart sell AR Drones, not Arducopters... Yet...
One thing us adept builders must not be, is ethnocentric!
The whole UAV thing is an extremely daunting thing to digest without a lot of research and some help. Especially if you're not a techno geek.
At the end of the day, we're trying to make it easier for everyone to have fun.
Not supply them with a 3d puzzle and website address.
10% or a lot less of people can jump into an open source project and come up swimming.
Dont get me wrong, I love building stuff from scratch and hashing out intricate design problems and troubleshooting technical issues. I just dont feel its a good idea to throw a newbie into the deep end, especially seeing as he has a +-1kg flying object on the other end of the radio.
Make things as simple as possible for everyone. Anyone that wants more of a challenge will find exactly that.
Think about how many people would use personal computers if there was only UNIX or Linux OS's available. Not many ;)
Thanks for your help guys!
Thank you for you suggestions and help! It looks like 3DR does not have the kit with ESCs and motor. They do not have all 4 ESCs. I am trying to get them from hobbyking.com. Any suggestions for ESCs and motor? I am going to use 3DR frame (https://store.diydrones.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=KT-AC3DR...). Do motors have standard holes to attached them to the frame.
Depending on the size of the motor, most have standard mounting holes.
If DIY Drones dont have stock of something, Jdrones will. Their shipping is only $35 for DHL.
I would definitely go with the 880kv (orange) motors and the 30A ESCs.
I was going to ask the same thing. I am also beginning to build my first quadcopter. Thanks to all for the answers :-)
I just have a doubt regarding the battery, any suggestion?