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Mashon

Building and coding my own quadcopter

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Sooooo guys,
my dad and I have been thinking of building our own quadcopter straight from scratch. Only problem is, getting all the electronics and all together.
Now, my dad says that he wants ME to design and code the damn thing :P And i hardly know much about coding other than .NET.......
So, he says that there's this website called microchip.com. they have microchipDirect which distributes chips and parts, and they have the main website and all....
Now, i need to know which parts I need to be able to make the brains and motor controls of the quad......if ANY of you know about this topic, and are familliar with microchip, or similar things, help would be appreciated.
Feel free to ask me any questions you need, and i will try my best to answer them.
Best Regards

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2 hours ago, Mashon said:

my dad and I have been thinking of building our own quadcopter straight from scratch

Firstly welcome to this forum. Its great that you and your Dad want to build your own quad but you don't have to write the software that controls the quad as there is some great open source software out there that you may want to consider. Personally the one that I use is 

http://ardupilot.org

Their software now runs on a wide selection of hardware, has versions not only for multi rotors  but land vehicles, fixed wing aircraft, boats and even a submarine. It can also become a great development platform if its programing of the drone that your interested in by adding a companion computer. I am not familiar with microchip.com but its sounds similar to the raspberry pi which makes a great companion computer. You can even download the software and setup a test and development environment without any hardware (apart from a PC or Mac of course) which makes it a great way to become familiar with their ground control station (http://ardupilot.org/planner/) and how to program autonomous missions

 

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