Spoiled by Moore’s Law

Our lives have been defined - no transformed, by the availability of cheap, powerful, and ubiquitous computing power. Whether it is the multicore gigahertz processors that power my phone and laptop; or the scores of micro controllers that make just about everything in my car work - everywhere you look there's a computer doing something …

Farnborough 2018

The bi-annual Farnborough International Airshow wrapped up a couple weeks ago. I've lost track of how many MicroPilot has attended. It’s certainly more than 15 years since we attended Farnborough for the first time. The highlight of the flight demonstration portion of this year's show was a loop by a C-130 Hercules. This certainly upstaged …

Top 10 Hints For Designing Drones #6

Flex is your enemy. It's important that your drone's airframe is rigid. The motors on a drone are very powerful with very fast response times. An airframe that isn't stiff enough will allow its arms to flex, which in turn changes the orientation of the motors. This makes control more difficult and it will increase …

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 …