Build Your Own Quadcopter: Power Up Your Designs with the Parallax Elev-8

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9780071822282: Build Your Own Quadcopter: Power Up Your Designs with the Parallax Elev-8

A complete, DIY guide to building a custom quadcopter based on the Elev-8 kit from Parallax

Learn how to create, customize, and experiment with your own quadcopter and let your creativity soar! Build Your Own Quadcopter: Power Up Your Designs with the Parallax Elev-8 shows you everything you need to know to get your multi-rotor machine off the ground. The design customizations examined in the book push the capabilities of the platforms in terms of lifting ability, power, and flight characteristics. This step-by-step guide covers remote video systems using the GoPro HD to obtain both real-time and recorded video. The author also explains quadcopter flight dynamics and provides tips on how to train to fly one safely and successfully.

  • Step-by-step instructions with photographs show you how to build and customize your own multi-rotor copters
  • Programming instructions are provided for the Parallax Propeller microcontroller
  • Explains servos and servo controllers, as well as incorporating servos into the design to allow for greater capabilities
  • Covers radio control systems and telemetry subsystems, as well as the motor control modules (ESCs) that function as interfaces between the motors and the microprocessors
  • Uses relatively inexpensive and yet versatile platforms
  • Introduces new, original design concepts developed by the author
  • Features valuable tips and tricks learned from experience
  • Provides a flexible, customizable platform for experiments, research, and invention

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Build a custom multirotor aircraft!

Build and customize radio-controlled quadcopters that take off, land, hover, and soar. Build Your Own Quadcopter: Power Up Your Designs with the Parallax Elev-8 features step-by-step assembly plans and experiments that will have you launching fully functioning quadcopters in no time. Discover how to connect Elev-8 components, program the microcontroller, use GPS, and safely fly your quadcopter. This fun, do-it-yourself guide fuels your creativity with ideas for radical enhancements, including return-to-home functionality, formation flying, and even artificial intelligence!

  • Understand the principles that govern how quadcopters fly
  • Explore the parts included in your Parallax Elev-8 kit
  • Follow illustrated instructions and assemble a basic 'copter
  • Connect the Parallax chip to a PC and write Spin and C programs
  • Build radio-controlled systems that minimize interference
  • Add GPS and track your aircraft through Google Earth
  • Beam flight information to smartphones with WiFi and XBee technology
  • Mount cameras and stream real-time video back to the ground
  • Train to safely operate a quadcopter using flight simulation software

About the Author:

Donald Norris is a quadcopter enthusiast and a private pilot. He is also an electronics engineer with an advanced degree in Production Management. Donald is retired from civilian government service with the US Navy specializing in acoustics and digital signal processing. He has more than 13 years' experience as a professional software developer using programming languages including C, C#, C++, Python and Java. Don also has five years' experience as a certified IT security consultant.

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