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Building Your Own Drones: A Beginner’s Guide to Drones, UAVs, and ROVs by John Baichtal

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7. Blimp Drone Project

In this chapter, you’ll check out radio control (RC) technology, which lets you remotely operate model vehicles using a wireless handheld controller. After that, you’ll build a blimp drone that uses an RC setup to fly around (see Figure 7.1). Finally, I’ll show you how to make the blimp run autonomously using an Arduino as the brains.

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FIGURE 7.1 You’ll build a blimp drone in this chapter.

Radio Control

Typical RC setups include three major control components: a transmitter, a receiver, and a speed controller for each motor. Let’s check out each one.

Transmitters

RC setups consist of a handheld controller (shown in ...

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