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Anatomy Of A Drone

Anatomy Of A Drone
One machine, so very many components

Unless you crash your drone very neatly, you will usually just see this shell. It is the casing; the fuselage of the UAV. Bright colours really help you spot this from a distance

You’ll see they’re twisted slightly. Rotors are not straight; they are shaped exactly like aircraft wings, and for the same reason. Their shape affects air flowing over them and that is what produces lift

Your drone isn’t going anywhere without a charged battery. This is perhaps the most limiting element you’ll face. Fully charged ones will typically only power the drone for 20 minutes.

In this example, the landing gear is an extension of the boom, but you can have more elaborate ones. They let the drone set down on the ground without anything hitting the rotors or body

● The core of your drone is this hub; all the physical elements connect to this, which is always at the centre of gravity of your UAV. Rotors, landing gear and computer controls connect here

 The arms of your drone are crucial. They have to be light but strong and thin enough to not get in the way of the rotor’s downdraft. Length determines stability and manoeuvrability too

  You have positive flight control, so you choose where the drone goes, but this unit handles the conflicting pressures and strains to keep the at speed and in wind

  Hopefully you can always see where your drone is, but with GPS it knows exactly, and will make decisions based on that. It may also record GPS data along with your video

Anatomy Of A Drone