It’s no secret that flying had always been a childhood dream of mine, and that I’ve wanted to combine flying models and my photography skills to do some aerial photography. Here are links to some DIY flying machines that people have built.
They belong to a class of flying machines called quadcopters – made only possible with recent advances in MEMS electronics (specifically, accelerometers, electronic gyros, and microprocessors). These are classic examples of fly-by-wire machines where a computer evaluates the flying conditions thousands of times per second and provides mid-course corrections, while a human pilot tells the computer where he or she wants to go.
- an Arduino-based quad-copter, built from Align 600-series helicopter tail booms, brushless motors and propellers. An Align T-Rex600′s landing skid provides lander support.
- Another Arduino quad copter. Looks like a custom airframe.