Top 10 Hints For Designing Drones #7

Too often, we see UAV and Drone manufacturers that, when the time comes to test their product, assume that because they’ve done a bunch of flying everything is fine. Unfortunately, there are many assumptions built into how a drone manufacturer operates their drones that their customers may not share. Their customers often won’t operate their …

DGPS vs GPS

The term DGPS is misused quite a bit in the UAV industry. DGPS, which stands for differential GPS, refers to any system that provides corrections to a GPS receiver based on a second GPS receiver at a known location. The GPS receiver providing the corrections is called the “reference station” and the GPS receiver using …

Top 10 Hints for Designing Drones #8

Watch the temperature. All sensors sense what you want plus temperature. This means you should be careful to avoid any sudden change in temperature. While your autopilot will adjust for changes in temperature, accuracy will decrease while the temperature is changing. For example, if you have air vents that allow increased air flow as the …

Top 10 Hints for Designing Drones #9

Your compass is junk. Well, maybe not complete junk, but it is one of the most delicate sensors on your drone and is prone to interference. It is important to keep compasses away from any potential interfering magnetic fields. Cables carrying large currents and motors are prime sources of magnetic fields. Also, be careful about …

How Do You Know You’re Good?

Most people who run a business love that business. It’s like one of your children. Running a business is pretty demanding; it would be hard to rise to that challenge if you weren't deeply invested in that business. Unfortunately, when you care very deeply about something, it’s hard to judge it objectively. More unfortunately, it …

Top 10 Hints for Designing Drones #10

Design to Requirements: Starting your design by developing a set of requirements will help keep your team on the same page. If you don't have a written description of your drone then you run the risk that each member of your design team is working on a slightly different drone. Another benefit of requirements is …