- Page 1:A Time to Make Something Awesome
- Page 2:A Little Bit of Background
- Page 3:The Birth of an Idea
- Page 4:Taking the Plunge: Buying Some Parts
- Page 5:Building the First Prototype
- Page 6:Overhaul: Taking the Prototype to a New Level
- Page 7:A Few Polishing Touches and a Mini Conversion
- Page 8:Future Developments and More Information
Building the First Prototype
With his prototype parts list complete, William was ready to put his designs to the test. His first chassis was made of plywood and aluminum squares, and the microcontroller and its components were thrown together on a simple breadboard. It was a bit sloppy to say the least, but all that mattered at this point was functionality.
Once everything was assembled, it was time to take on the daunting task of programming the control loop, something William was both dreading and eagerly anticipating. Even though his experience with control loops was still very limited, everything fit together, and with the help from fellow multi-copter enthusiasts, William was able to create his first functional prototype.
Because of the cheaper components and his limited control loop, flights were rather unstable, but William didn't care. His goal was to prove his design concept and he was certain that as he better learned how to manipulate the control loop, its stability would improve, which it did by a wide margin. Eventually, William was able to optimize the control loop enough that stability had peaked and it became time to upgrade some components.