Top 10 Hints for Designing Drones #4:

RF is your enemy. Both your GPS receiver and your datalink are sensitive to RF interference. RF interference will increase the time it takes for your GPS receiver to lock, and increase the likelihood that you lose lock and reduce your GPS receiver's position accuracy. Note that RTK (or carrier phase) GPS receivers are especially …

Top 10 Hints for Designing Drones #5

Understand your failure modes and corner cases. We often see drones designed with too little attention paid to failure modes and corner cases. It's hard to cover all the ‘what ifs’ but once your system is in the market, how well you cover all the exception cases will play a large role in determining your …

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 #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 …