Let’s start with a basic assertion; while we all recognise drones as being an example of modern technology, few of us appreciate the impact that they’re likely to have on the UK economy.
More specifically, drones are expected to have a net impact on the economy of £42 billion by 2030, while driving £16 billion in cost savings through the uptake of drone technologies across various industries.
There will be 76,000 drones in the skies by 2030, but how can you go about building your own drone? Here’s our step-by-step guide.
- Choose Your Type of Drone
Your starting point should be to choose your preferred type of drone, with a wide range of options on offer to suit variable circumstances.
For example, a so-called “second-class” build is small, compact and ideal for indoor use, creating a scenario where they’re widely utilised for practicing at home during periods of bad weather. Some of these drones can achieve speeds of up to 100mph, which is a serious consideration when planning your build.
Conversely, a 3-4-inch Micro Class Build is even smaller, but it’s the most compact full-size drone on the market. This can be used in or outdoors, while they’re the perfect option for tight or confined spaces.
- Choose the Right Components
Next up, you need to start planning the build, and this process starts in earnest by choosing the right components for your drone.
These components include various items, from the frame and battery to any cameras that you’d like to include (depending on your precise application).
You’ll need to ensure that the components both help you to achieve your objective and suit the size of your drone, as this ensures optimal performance and allows you to achieve your underlying objectives.
- Building Your Drone
Now that you’ve selected your drone and assembled the components, the next step is to start building and prepare for take-off!
We’ve outlined a brief step-by-step guide below, so that you can adopt an organised approach to building your new drone!
- Make the Frame
- Build up Your Propellers, Electronic Speed Controllers and Motors
- Assemble the Motors
- Mount the Electronic Speed Controllers
- Add the Landing Gear
- Introduce a Flight Controller
- Choose the Right Wireless Remote Control System (or RC TX-RX)
- Mount the Flight Controller
- Connect the Open Pilot to Your Drone
- Check Out and Test Your Drone
- Prepare for Take-off!
The last step is arguably the most important, and before you attempt take-off you’ll have to perform a few last checks to ensure that everything’s in place.
For example, the battery must be well connected and all your components must be fixed in place, while you’ll need to ensure that you carry out the flight in an open and accessible location.
You should also select a flat area where possible, as this ensures that you minimise the risk of damaging anything with your drone (or vice-versa, of course).