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Camera is attached to the drone with the help of gimble, where you can level the camera to focus some particular direction that you want. Both the camera and gimble completely controlled by the autopilot. Photo trigger is also done by autopilot.

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Project Description:

  1. FRAME: Frame size and type can be changed depending upon the payload that you want. All the electrical and electronics component will be placed over the frame.
  2. FLIGHT CONTROLLER: The flight controller(autopilot) will be fixed over on the frame which controls all the motors automatically when it is pre-programmed by the software
  3. GPS MODULE: This unit will help you to follow the waypoint which was pre-programmed in the software
  4. Gimble: The Gimble that you mount on the platform will offer you an easy way to set your camera in the right direction
  5. CAMERA: It is optional.
  6. POWER MODULE:Power module is used to power the flight controller board
  7. ESC: Electronic Speed Controller used for controlling the speed of the BLDC motor
  8. MOTOR: BLDC motor.
  9. PROPELLER: Its a device a which converts the rotational motion into the thrust
  10. BATTERY: You can use lipo battery as a power unit. Battery size will be changed according to the drone size.This type of battery gives you high energy with less weight.
  11. TELEMETRY: Used for dual way communication
  12. TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER:2.4GHZ TX and RX. It should have a minimum 5 channels
  13. POWER DISTRIBUTION BOARD: It will distribute the battery voltage into all the ESCs equally.

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Project Implementation:

  1. Fix all the parts in the frame properly.The flight controller should be fixed properly into the center part of the frame which helps you get more stability.
  2. Connect the battery to the power module and open up your mission planner which you have already downloaded
  3. Install the stable firmware to the flight controller board
  4. Now do all the mandatory calibration and the flight mode that you want to fly in your transmitter in the radio calibration step
  5. Do autotune for more stability where you don't need to give PID values manually
  6. Now go to flight page in the mission planner and make your waypoints that your drone need to follow. Now upload the mission that you have done on the flight plan into the FC.
  7. Now you can go for autonomous flying.

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