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Need Help With Quadcopter Idea Answered

Hello, I’m a senior in high school and I will be participating in a senior project in about 2 months from now. i had decided that I wanted to build a quadcopter thinking that it would give me good experience with electronics and programming. I was planning on using a simple Arduino to control the quad but now that I think of it, it might be much harder than I thought. I know a fair bit of java, have some experience with other microcontrollers, but very little with Arduinos. My initial thought was to buy all of the parts for a quad and program the whole thing myself with a few extra electronics like gyros and accelerometers, there seems to be little info about people who have programmed quads using Arduinos which doesn’t help. Do you think that programing the whole thing will serve to be way too difficult for me (will have a little help from some programing teachers) or should I just go for a complete flight controller instead. There needs to be some work that I have to do for 5 hours a day for 3 weeks, is there anything where the programing is simplified but requires me to do some work. Is there any flight controllers that I can program on top of like for example add IR sensors for obstacle avoidance. With a flight control board, things will be too easy, the only thing I can think of is to maybe create a CAD frame and 3d print it or something. What I’m really asking is, is there a simpler way to do this while keeping me occupied at work? Or even any suggestions on things I can do?

Thanks,

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fungus amungus

5 years ago

Little info about quads + Arduino. Get outta here!

https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10294

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dodomang777

5 years ago

Yea I have searched for guides on making it but very little on using and arduino instead of a preprogrammed Flight controller. Now I'm just thinking on just making an autonomous vehicle.