When most people hear the word 'drone', they think of war and spying. When most people hear the acronym 'UAV' (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) they think of robotics and technology. Yet these terms aren't inseparable, they are interchangeable; drones are UAVs, and UAVs are drones. While it is true we are generally more familiar with the 'war drones', that maybe all about to change. Take another term, 'multirotor'. Until recently most people wouldn't have had a clue what it meant. Now thanks to the media a lot more people know it means a flying craft, a little bit like a helicopter but only with more rotors. In the future we are going to hear a lot more about these flying machines, and probably even have direct control or contact with them.
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In theory multirotors aren't complicated; the only moving parts are the motors. In reality, there is far more to them. To build a drone from scratch requires at least a basic understanding of physics, maths and technology; and practical skills such as engineering, wiring and even coding. To then fly the things requires further skill and experience. Obviously the degree of knowledge and skill required increases with the sophistication of the UAV. Some multicopters come in plug 'n' play kit form, which means you side step a lot of the technical challenges. My aim here to is to help reduce the learning curve for you, by providing some useful tips that will keep you on track or at least save a headache.
The drone world is full of abbreviations, acronyms and confusion. We can’t even decide what to call the flying things; Drones, multirotors, multicopters and quadcopters are the main ones, but there are plenty more. Our aim here to is to provide a useful reference to help beginners get to grips with the subject.