Drone Flying

Picture of the drone at the end of the year. It was a good quarter.

Choosing My Project (Entry #1)

1:I chose Drone Flying. It was a good choice because I like it alot.

2:I chose it because I like to drive or fly R/C vehicles. It is fun to fly the drone.

3:I want to learn how to fly a drone. The controls seem simple

4:I would choose this for a career. I could fly military drones when I get older.

Intro For Research(Entry #2)

5:I learned about my project by watching videos and toying around with it and looking at the website and unboxing videos. We also got info from Mr. Ternent.

Intro For Research Pt. II(Entry #3)

6:The information I learned that would help me complete my project specifically is that depending on the hull counts as a factor for batter life because indoor=more weight= more power consumed to maintain the same height it would be if it was using the outdoor hull. There is absolute control that means if you tilt backwards it comes to you and tilt forward it goes away.  There is autonomous flight which is like automatic.

Questions Answered( Entry #4)

7:What I did specifically did was watch the videos that the makers of the parrot drone/ programmers of the app made as a tutorial( I watched the first 4 videos)

8:The questions I answered are: Why Have A Drone? You should have a drone so you could make tutorial videos for other people with that drone or have drone races or just fly for fun. How Does The Drone Communicate With The Device? It communicates with it by transmitting the info like when you tilt the gyroscope left,right,forward,backward

What Are You Finding Out While Doing My Project(Entry #5 + #6)

In the beginning we started by watching the 4 set-ups. Then Mr. Ternent letting us try the basic flying motions with the drone inside the school cafeteria.

What SPECIAL(technical) Terms Would You Need To Know?(Entry #6 + #7)

Some of the technical terms you'd need to know would be: Gyroscope or accelerometer because that's how the AR Drone senses when you tilt the device/tablet. They fit in the device by calibrating each time it is needed so you want to lie it down when calibrating so it is really accurate. TIP: When you fly over a bus it seems like the bus'es radio waves from the radio inside of it mess with the AR Drone's radio wave receiver and make it automatically follow the bus.

NEW Questions And Information!(Entry #8)

1: What is the point of having radio waves if it gets interference from bus radios? I think it is so that it might be able to do what you tell it to do but I need to avoid bus'es...

2: How do the bus'es make the drone follow them once the drone flies above them? I think its because of the radio waves they send out

3: Is it possible to use a remote controller to fly the drone? I've heard there are mods for it so I'm guessing it is

4: Is it possible to go above the clouds with the AR Parrot Drone 2.0? Still unknown from the date of 6/3/15

Technical Parts Of You Project(Entry #9)

Radio waves: The device you use to control the drone, connects to wifi hotspot that the drone makes which sends radio waves to the drone which tells the drone what to do, and those wave's can also be sent by bus'es so if you fly under a bus, the bus will sort of accidently hijack the drone making it follow the bus.

Central Cross-Arm: This is the part that holds the rotors and landing gear, a common break is right down the middle, and a way to fix it is by getting 3 zips and zipping them up across the other side of the break which would hold it together.

Tech Stuff, Part 2(Entry #10)

If the cross arm breaks in half or breaks at all, if you tried to fly it again you would be risking to damage it more so you should fix it before you break it further and if your unsure if you can fix it your self, ask a professional to fix it for you.

You Decide (Entry #11)

I would decide to choose the CyPhy pocket flyer because it is small and fits in your pocket and has up to 2 hours of flight time so you could have 2-3 batteries so when 1 runs out you can charge it while you charge the used 1 and then when the 2nd runs out and if the first isn't fully  charged you can use the 3rd battery and fully charge the 1st.

More Photos (Entry #12)

This is a picture of the motherboard inside an AR Parrot drone 2.0 when it was being taken apart and fixed.

You Decide (Entry #13)

I still like the CyPhy drone. I like it because it has a longer battery life and is smaller.

Drone Mods (Entry #14 + 15)

The first mod is the External Wheel Antenna Mod: It increases the range for the drone and performance.

The second mod is Bastens LiPo Mod: Replace the stock battery with a Basten LiPo battery for more power storage and because it's the same size, it fits and charges faster.

The third mod is where you upgrade to Arduino UNO, WiShield and a 2.4ghz radio receiver to make the WiFi limitation range non-existent.

Link for instructions on First Mod:

Link for instructions on Second Mod:

Link for instructions on Third Mod:

Accomplishments(Entry #16)

I have learned how to fly the AR Parrot Drone 2.0 and am very close to finishing the project. It will be a sad day when it comes, because I won't be able to fly the drone. Unless I buy one which I'll save up for. I didn't have any errors and if I did, there would be less than 5 because I tried to do what ever I was instructed to do and do it as well as I could. I didn't crash at all.

Examination of
¨The Sprite¨

The Sprite drone is a drone that inventors on kickstarter came up with. It costs 1.25k USD and looks small in the pictures but is gigantic. The Cons: Cost, Size, Same capabilities as the less-expensive DJI phantom, Have to pay for FPV(First-Person-View), Have to pay for transmitter, Along with the AR Parrot drone 2.0 the battery life is about 12 minutes with LiPo batteries. The Pros: The durability, The follow-me, GPS navigation, 1080p, control-able via device or tablet. I wouldn't recommend Kimpton buying it because of the price yet, but maybe you could wait for the price to go down or buy it used and that's how I recommend getting one.

Did It Work?(Entry #17)

Yes the drone flew like I expected it to.

The drone had responsive controls at times, had Absolute Control mode, and was magnetic so it was pulled to metal objects, and was really durable and fun to fly.

We could add longer and bendier legs so they would work as shock absorbers, we could increase the WiFi performance range, and make it even MORE durable for the bad pilots.

You can see the Zip Ties under the drones legs which will help absorb the shock from a bad landing or free falling.

Reflections (Entry #18)

That the drone had a camera on the underside. The underside camera was really blurry. It was hard to see where to land, like when he told us to land on a black line it was easy to see but you don't want to take a picture with it.

It turned out well. It was well because it was fun and challenging at times and educational.

I had success because I tried to follow all of Mr. Ternent instructions. For the final flight, he made us slalom ( going in between 2 objects ) between chairs he set up and under a ladder, around the auditorium and then land on a black line.

Yes it made me want to fly drones as a hobby. I find it fun to be able to control a plane or a drone or a car and do fun stuff. It makes me want to get a drone or a plane and do tricks with them.

No I wouldn't have picked a different project. That's because drone flying made me think of what I wanted to do when I get older, which is join the U.S. Air force. I think drone flying may have taught me the basics of how to fly a basic drone and how to control it and that might come in handy in the future.

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a year ago

This is such a new and interesting field and also controversial. I look forward to learning more about it. I find the interference with the bus's radio waves interesting. Are there other things that can infer?