10 things you didn’t know about drones

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Have you ever try to figure out the range of your knowledge about drones? Google is your friend but most information is scattered. Therefore we’re going to shed some light on drone technology to not bullying you with a tone of irrelevant information.

10 things you didn’t know about drones

There’s growing curiosity about the drones, what they do, what parts of the industry they involved and what kind of services they can offer. We have pointed out all of these questions and make a quick quiz for you. To make our queries more attractive try to answer the question before you read the explanation to see how much you know about the drone’s world. 

1. How many drone categories we have in terms of usability?

Well, definitely you know the first one which is Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAW). Next ones are:

  • – Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)
  • – Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (USV)
  • – Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV)
  • – High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS)

2. In what manner can you classify drones?

Sounds like the answer for the previous question? Nothing further from the truth. In a matter of the number of engines and their power in drone, we can distinguish four drones categories:

– tricopters
– quadcopters
– hexacopters
– octocopters

On the picture below you can see octocopter:

EduDrone 10 things you didn't know about drones

3. For what kind of devices drones might be equipped?

To be more accurate, there is plenty of them. Today’s drone usage is huge and still evolving. We will name just a few of them, which are the most important in the drone industry. They can bring tools like cameras, thermal cameras, telemetry, radar, sensors, GPS systems, remote control data acquisitions boards, tablets, and even smartphones.

4. Regardless of the type of drones, what are their most important features?

One by one:

– maximum operating distance 
– flight/ travel duration
– flight/ displacement speed
– connectivity
– the navigation system used
– type and number of sensors
– the onboard GPS system
weight 

5. How to build a drone?

Of course, we are not talking about ready solutions available on the store shelf. Imagine you have to build a drone from scratch. What will be your first step? 

First: You need to have minimal knowledge of electronics and IT. As things stand, you will be one step ahead to make your own drone. 

Second: Collect the component parts and materials necessary to make a drone. You can easily purchase some components, otherwise, use the 3D printer which is honestly speaking, irreplaceable here.

Third: Grab the list of components you need: drone frame, motors, controllers, speed regulator for brushless motors, propellers, batteries, RC Transmitter/Receiver and other optional components (GPS modules, sensors, gyroscope, receiver, etc).

What’s next? Jump to question number 8, here is the answer.

6. Which exact composite you can use to build drone skeleton?

It might be either carbon fiber, aluminum, glass fiber, wood or PLA (3D printing materials).

The ground rule is that composites need to be light, robust and rigid to minimize vibrations.

7. What sort of electric motors you can use to build a drone?

There are two of them: brush motors dedicated for smaller drones and brushless motors used on larger drones.

8. What is the step by step guidance to compose the drone?

  1. Assembling the drone frame
  2. Mounting of electronic components on the frame
  3. Connecting the electronic components
  4. Programming the controller

9. Is it possible to fly over the airport controlled zone (in Poland)?

Any uncontrolled flights made under airport controlled zones are not permitted, even prohibited! There is one exception so you have to obtain permission from the Polish Air Navigation Services Agency 7 days in advance.

10. Apart from the drone technology, are you able to decode STEM abbreviation?

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is not straightaway related to drone but closely linked together. These fields contain the critical 21st-century skills they need to succeed, also in drone technology. 

EduDrone Project

This post idea was taken based on the project we made together with EduDrone. The main character was to create guideline for drone users. It’s a perfect published compendium for anybody, from the beginners to more advanced users, who need technical guidance for a drone, applications, and legislation. 

You can view or download full “GUIDELINES ON THE USE OF DRONES IN VET” 📤 

For more information please visit the official EduDrone website

EduDrone 10 things you didn't know about drones