drone assembly and parts
Summary of How I completed my Summer drone project
After attending the career fair I realized it would be hard for me to get an internship as I was a sophomore and I would be traveling over the summer. So I decided to make the most of my summer by creating a drone that would eventually be helpful.
My Interest in Projects and inventing was fueled by when I was in middle school at a summer camp in Nigeria that my mom would send me to. I loved how we all came together and learned with our resources.
Although I had no idea how to make this project, I had faith that it be successful. I hoped that after I created this, I would instill knowledge in my community and one way to do this would be by teaching officials in the summer camp, I once attended, so we may remake this as highly simplified version so young students may come and learn to how to remake this. A look into the future.
I started Researching and gathering all the information I need on how to make a done so I may begin planning for my summer. As I dug, I found that this summer project would be way harder than I thought but this didn't stop me. I learned about the different types of drones and finally decided on the one I would want to make.
I also started documenting all about this project, all the things I needed to learn, All the things I needed to know and I started creating a budget. I also started making a time map for the summer fo I need this project to be done without on time.
April - May 2018
I had exams and finals so I had to pause my project.
Now the hard work stated. I created an accurate list of all I would need to by through research and I went ahead ordered it. I also researched the parts that would be most efficient and affordable. It cost me approximately $250+ for anyone looking to recreate this drone.
Here is a list of everything I bought with the price.
Here is the schematics and drawings I made or the drone.
After my orders came, I starting soldering and constructing the drone according to the schematics above. Assembling and soldering all the parts did not take me a long time; most of the work came in when I had to start programming and calibrating the drone. I did weeks of research on how to program the MPU- 650 Gyroscope to the Arduino and accurately use the data to affect the speed of each motor. I learned a lot of new things and got familiar with the registers and how to use interrupts. I successfully finished according to my time map but I had to start testing the flight stability.
I started taking the drone for test flights. It would take me weeks to calibrate things like the PID and how these affected the Yaw, pitch, and row. I successfully calibrated the drone and take it for test runs. I intend to add more one more 2200mAh battery to double the flight time. I also hope to make it more resistant to factors like wind/turbulence.
What are my future plans for this project?
What I did is just the first part of this project. I intend on adding sonic detectors to help avoid obstacles when flying as well as a parachute. I also intend on including a camera and increase its opposition to strong wind tides.
I also am looking for ways to make this drone and my knowledge available on how to make it to countries and communities that have problems with crime rates and poor transportation because this drone would be able to track criminals without the hindrance of traffic and geographical barriers.
I am also in contact with the CEO of the summer to look for methods of integrating this to their the summer school syllabus. Hopefully, those who learn about drone technology would be able to maintain the drones in their community as a means of livelihood.
Things I wish I had done better?
I wish I was able to get a very flexible workspace. I did mine at home. Although it was feasible, it would have been better if I could have found a personal and flexible workspace for testing and the hands-on experience.
Do you advise this project for others?
If you looking for something to that is fun and would force you to break out of your comfort zone then I would suggest this project.
I have questions how do I contact you?
My email is
Feel free to contact me anytime.