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 …

Plane v Drone 2

  In all the hype about how drones are revolutionizing our world, we forget that aerial data collection predates drones. We forget that most of the aerial data collection applications suitable for drones can also be accomplished with a piloted aircraft. Take collecting agricultural data as an example, piloted aircraft have been carrying cameras for …