Introduction: Flone 1.0

Picture of Flone 1.0

Please check the new version of this instructable: flone 3.0

Flone is a H airframe for flying smartphones.
Video of maiden flight:

It haves the place for a minimal setup:
* Android smartphone.
* Multiwii/Arduino flight controller.
* Mini Power Distribution Board.
* DSM2 Controller
* 4 motors
* 4 ESC
* Batery.

We enjoy designing it, it's well balanced and haves the space for a clear field of view of the camera.

The design includes a tiny Flone PDB integrating airframe and XT60 power connector.


Get updated with new improvements in the airframe and the Android App in the webpage of the project:

We plan to release the first version of flone software under GPL around the end of 2013.

The app for ly the smartphone is available in:


Organized by:
Telefonica I+D
LABoral centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

Step 1: Obtain Materials

Purchase of materials.

You can download the flone dxf file in their thingiverse repository:

You'll have to look for a local or online store to purchase the materials. We provide you links to Hobbyking as a reference.

Item     Where to shop Price ($)

HK 3S 1500 mAh Battery   HK Link  8.2
MicroWii Flight Controller  HK Link  33.9
4 x Electric Speed ​​Controllers  HK Link   4 x 9.24
Pair of black propellers 6x4.5 HK Link  1.82
Pair of orange propellers 6x4.5 HK Link  1.82
Anti vibration sponge   HK Link   1.5
Anti vibration adhesive    HK Link  1.99
Male XT60 connector   HK Link  1.92
4 x  Spacers  Local store 1
M3 Screws  Local store 1
Elastic ribbon      Local store  1
Foam Legs         Local store  1

Step 2: Cutting the Airframe

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Laser cutting machines are wonderful, you just click a button and create an object. If you search  your city probably the friend of a friend works at a place where they have one. If you live in a big city and you're lucky, there will be a FabLab nearby your place. Use your power to ask and find them to cut the Flone's digital file.

If you don't seem to find one or you just can't wait, print the file in A3 paper and cut the wood veneer with a jigsaw.

Step 3: Assembly It

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Main Frame.
Reinforcement arms.
Electronics plate.

1 Glue the reinforcement arms to the main frame. (make sure the hole for the legs it's aligned so they will be able to stick in in next step)
2 Glue the legs
3 Once everything dried up, fit the engines in its final position and fasten them with cable ties.
4 Remember that cyanoacrylate and cable ties are the best friends of the dronistas. The cable ties brake before damaging the precious propellers or move the motor shaft. If you can't use them you could always use model airplane glue.

Step 4: Attach Flight Controller to Electronic Plate

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Place the flight control board

Regardless of the flight control board you have chosen, the placement is always the same: in the center of the bottom bracket. It is highly recommended to glue the board with the sponge to isolate it from the vibrations of the plate.

We are using a MultiWii of 10 degrees of freedom, but you can choose any other one.

Step 5: Solder Flone PDB

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The Power Distribution Board is the link to the main battery. You can build it with any copper plate making holes and hand soldering wires. Weld in a connector for the battery and the ESC (Electric Speed ​​Controller) power cables.

Step 6: Attach DSM2 Radio to Electronic Plate

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The DSM2 radio is the main communication system with the outside. At this stage of development of Flone we need a 2.4 GHz radio with at least 4 channels to control the quadcopter. In the future we will use the smartphone to control himself so that Flone will be controlled from another smartphone.

Step 7: Flight Control Board Configuration

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The MultiWii / Arduino uses a USB cable to communicate with Processing software on the PC. Verify that you can communicate with it. You have to calibrate the magnetometer, accelerometers and gyroscopes to fly properly.
Check out that you can arm the motors and that they will consistently respond to the movement of the aircraft if you try to bend it in any direction.

For download the lasw Multiwii software:

Step 8: Connection of the Engines

Picture of Connection of the Engines

Connect each motor to its ESC but before soldering in its final position you have to figure out which cable connection is correct for each motor to rotate in the desired direction.

To connect each motor to its ESC start connecting the 3 cables randomly. Now connect the ESC to its corresponding 3 pin connector in the flight control board. Connect the battery to the PDB. Switch on the RC and power up the motor. Check out the rotating direction against the draw in the arm in which the motor will be placed.

Repeat for the rest of the motors. Make sure you got it clear before welding the connections.

Step 9: Glue the Sponge & Ribbon for Vibration Isolating the Smartphone

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1. Place and hot glue the sponge in the upper side of the main frame.

2. Next, tighten the ribbon around the sponge and the main frame and glue its extremes into the main frame's opposite face.

Step 10: Screw the Electronics Plate

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Your Flone is almost ready to flight!! Screw the electronics plate with spacers to the main frame.

Cable tie the ESC and the cables to the main frame. Just keep in mind to leave enough room for the leg's protective foam.

Step 11: Calibrate and Arm Propellers

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Always the last step in the assembly of an aircraft is the placement of the propellers, now that we know that we can control them, not vice-versa.

Step 12: Atach Foam Legs and Velcro to Battery

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Attach the battery with the velcro strap and put the foam legs.

Step 13: Fly With Your Smartphone

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If you got here, it means that you can fly.  We would like to keep in touch with you. If you have an accident send us a photo and a comment of your fallen Flone so we can continue studying and improving the stability and design... as well as writing a better warning handbook :)


Talal Ahmad (author)2017-07-01

Brother can u gave me the size and total measurement of Flone 3.0

aeracoop (author)Talal Ahmad2017-07-16

Yes, is 300 x 300 mm

Talal Ahmad (author)2017-07-01

Please Brother can u gave me the size and total measurement of Flone 1.0

abencomo (author)2016-11-24

Is Flone still in business?

aeracoop (author)abencomo2016-11-28

We are still doing different projects with flone hardware and software.
We mainly publish our activity in flone facebook page:

bhvm (author)2016-05-13

This is a fantastic idea! I love it.

bhvm (author)2016-05-13

This is a fantastic idea! I love it.

almandawilson (author)2016-05-02


JosefineH1 (author)2016-04-17

SimonB94 (author)2016-03-23

Has anyone released this as a kit? would be super cool to build

aeracoop (author)SimonB942016-03-23

We released flone 3.0:

There is a contest, we want to win the laser cutter to make it as a kit :)

stevedee78 (author)2016-01-30

Nice work!

Which flight controllers can I use as an alternative?

aeracoop (author)stevedee782016-03-21


Roof Vents (author)2015-12-31

This is one of the better drone designs I have seen on here.

tramitesmexico (author)2015-10-20

Very good idea. I would like to make it

GabrielY1 (author)2015-07-13

Hyyyy,what is the airframe made of?? is it wooden?

Seanwood (author)2015-05-22

awesome work

george.martin.319 (author)2015-04-19

I like this.

george.martin.319 (author)2015-04-19

I like it.

george.martin.319 (author)2015-04-19

Like this.

manciouz (author)2015-04-08

hello,please where can i get the airframe laser cutter fille.thanks and congrats for the projects.

Conor M (author)2015-04-07

im sorry but i wouldnt trust my phone with it

GiorgioD (author)2015-03-05

hi i want to create that projet and i want to ask what kind of motors did you use??

and where i can buy it?

the last thing can i have the circuit schema??


JavierG6 (author)GiorgioD2015-03-25
Barbara Pevafersa (author)2015-03-18

Wonderful, not sure i'd trust my phone with it though!

jthomson3000 (author)2015-03-09

Innovative instructable. Thank you for exploring with us.

sarahhanahghan (author)2015-02-23

that's a really cool looking drone

Loveproblemsoluton (author)2015-02-17

Extraordinary Work.

lovemarrigespecalist (author)2015-02-14

excellent work.

Fabulous work.

Loveguruinindia (author)2015-02-08

Superb work

VedicAstrology (author)2015-02-08

great spot

floneshopping (author)2014-12-04

Hi everybody,

We are
still developing more features for Flone. We are proud to announce that it will be available soon (2015) in our
shop as a mounting kit or Ready to Fly by the ones of you who are not familiar
with electronics. RTF price will be lower but close to 300$

We will communicate with you as soon as Flone is
available in our shop, and when all gets ready. We will complete the DIY instructions too because we saw there are some doubts.

Is still somebody interested buying a RTF Flone?

Is there anyone interested buying the mounting kit and attend to an on-line DIY class?

ThePJLewis (author)floneshopping2015-02-08

Great news Chaps! Count me in for when the kits are ready. Good luck!

aeracoop (author)floneshopping2014-12-04

Who are you?

witchcraftSpel (author)2015-02-06

great work

VashikaranSpecialstBaba (author)2015-02-06

outstanding work.


dhruvgargjp (author)2015-02-04

aeracoop where do u belong to??

MuskanSingh (author)2015-01-31

cool work.

Lovevashikaran (author)2015-01-31

Superb one.

Lovemarriagespells (author)2015-01-31

nice one.

BlackmagicSpt (author)2015-01-30

really nice

LoveMarriage (author)2015-01-30

superb work.

Vashikaranmantrafor (author)2015-01-30

Extra ordinary Work.

KirpalSingh (author)2015-01-30

Super cool

lovebackproblemsolution (author)2015-01-30

Nice Work Great Job sir.

WitchCraftSpell (author)2015-01-29

good work.

varunkmar (author)2015-01-28

good work.

Yuvrajsingh (author)2015-01-28

Great one.

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