Quadcopter / August 10, 2018 / Sanni Pekkarinen
The main function that makes these UAVs different from the ones available off-the-shelf is their ability to fly autonomously. This means that the vehicle is able to make decisions depending on its flight to change direction capture images or return to ground. These machines come equipped with various sensors and in order to make a decision the input from different sensors is merged. They are also able to communicate with other UAVs flying around as well as with ground stations and satellites. They are capable of determining the ideal course for achieving a mission. These powerful capabilities make them extremely sensitive and sophisticated devices and these operations are not available in quadcopters used for the purpose of fun and entertainment.
The remote controller comes with a few buttons that can be pressed to adjust flight modes. Basically there are two flight modes available with any quadcopter: manual and auto. In manual mode when you tilt the copter using the roll control and then let go of the stick the copter will not return to its initial position. Instead it will stay tilted to the angle where you left the stick. On the other hand in auto flight mode it auto-levels itself back to its original stance once the sticks are centered. Make sure you practice and experiment with your copter to learn all the controls separately before moving on to the next section. If youre not familiar with the controls you will never be able to fly a quadcopter in peace. It will either move too fast or go upwards and hit the ceiling. Also see how slowly you need to throttle in order to take the machine off the ground safely and expertly.
There are a lot of quadcopters out there for beginners. The Smya X1 is one of the most popular. I like it because it has a 2.4GHz transmitter is very durable and very easy to fly. You can also make it do flips at the touch of a button to impress your friends. But recently I just got the Blade mQX and I must say I am quite impressed. It is actually similar in size to the Syma X1 but it boasts better performance with 4 brushed 8.5 mm motors 5.5 inch blades and a 4-in-1 receiver/ESCs/mixer/sensor that acts as flight control board. The built in DSM2 receiver is one thing I really like about the Blade mQX a lot of quadcopters come with proprietary transmitters and receivers and it can be difficult without hacking the hardware to make it compatible with your existing transmitter. With the Blade mQX you are able to bind it with any DSM2 compatible radio such as Spektrum radios.