Cheap Scratch-Built Drone from Scrap and Crap (FreePilot) - Part 0 [NEED YOUR HELP]


I want to share my journey of designing a drone in India, start to finish, hopefully for cheap and mainly built from recycled items to keep the costs down.

I started this project as a free-time project, but I would like to carry it on as a mainstream project with help from you guys.

My aim is to keep the costs down as I am only 13 years old and its a bit difficult for me to spend a lot of money on shipping,etc.


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Comment by james sowell on June 16, 2012 at 1:59am

I think I have a 35 36 cant remeber kv needs a circle clip if it whould help u out 

Comment by Crasher on June 17, 2012 at 1:32am
I have quite a few bits kicking around I could bundle up, PM an address to send them to..

Come on resellers/distributors/3DR you're always quick to tail posts to remind us you have stock ready to sell us, dig deep!!!
Comment by james sowell on June 17, 2012 at 2:48am

pm me your address i will c what else i have that u can use might have some servos and such that u chould put to good use

Comment by Martint on June 17, 2012 at 3:01am
Comment by Crasher on June 17, 2012 at 3:16am
Nicely done Martin... Let's see the same generosity from the other distis!!
Comment by james sowell on June 17, 2012 at 3:42am

i think he will be a very happy camper :) i guess we will c what else he needs

Comment by nicolas bush on June 17, 2012 at 3:47am

are you going to publish all your code or put it up for download. likewise i am 14 so cant really spend much but i have an arduino etc.

Comment by Philippe Petit on June 17, 2012 at 4:30am

Very Generous from you Martin! Really nice from you!

Comment by on June 17, 2012 at 5:41am

@ Mohammed

I think its a great idea that you are working towards.  As Crasher mentioned it would be nice to see more distributors offering help to people doing interesting projects.  Thats why we have always offered student/ project discounts from our shop.  Just send us your details here.  And we can give you even cheaper prices that are listed on our store-front.  Anyone else working on cool projects can apply too.

If you are wanting to start with a more ready built platform like the Ardupiulot Mega kits. we can help you out.  But if you are after something much more hands on you could look at something like a MPU6050 breakout, or a sensor stick for your IMU.

Comment by on June 17, 2012 at 5:42am

Also we have some old parts like Ardupilot legacy, or APM1280 boards if you would want to try using them let me know.


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