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Make an Open Source Drone: More Fun

Go past the basics and explore some of the most exciting features and capabilities of your drone

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In “Make an Open Source Drone” you learned how to build a quadcopter based on open source software and hardware.

You now have a modern programmable aircraft and a good understanding of the principles of drone flight and of the skills needed to enjoy being a drone pilot.

In this course, you’ll take your knowledge and skill to the next level. You’ll go past the basics and explore some of the most exciting features and capabilities of your drone.

Your drone, from simply reacting to your radio instructions, will look as if it has a mind of its own, and fly itself.

I promise, the first time you experience your drone flawlessly execute a mission, you will feel proud and thrilled.

By the end of this course, you’ll learn:

  • how to improve the features of your FlySky radio controller so that you can take full advantage of the hardware,
  • How to set up radio telemetry between your computer and the drone so that you can track and control your drone from your computer in real time,
  • How to configure fail-safes to prevent avoidable injuries and damage to your drone,
  • How to record high-definition flight video and transmit first-person video to a monitor on the ground,
  • How to setup and configure flight modes,
  • And most important, how to design simple and more complicated missions that your drone can execute on its own.

I invite you to review the free lectures in the first section of this course to find out more details about it.

If you are excited about learning how to to make your open source drone even more fun, join many other Makers and me in "Make an Open Source Drone: More fun"!

Who should take this course?
  • Graduates of "Tech Explorations Make an Open Source Drone" course.
  • Anyone interested in learning about the Ardupilot firmware and the Pixhawk flight controller.
What knowledge & tools are required?
  • Ideally, you will have completed the course "Make an Open Source Drone".
  • The required parts as listed in the Parts and Tools lecture in section 1 (free access).
  • A Windows computer with the Mission Planner software.
  • A Mac OS computer with the APM software (this includes most functions found in Mission Planner).
What will students achieve or be able to do after taking this course?
  • Improve the features of your FlySky radio controller so that you can take full advantage of the hardware.
  • Set up radio telemetry between your computer and the drone so that you can track and control your drone from your computer in real time.
  • Configure fail-safes to prevent avoidable injuries and damage to your drone.
  • Record high-definition flight video and transmit first-person video to a monitor on the ground.
  • Setup and configure flight modes.
  • Design simple and more complicated missions that your drone can execute on its own.


Your Instructor


Dr Peter Dalmaris
Dr Peter Dalmaris

Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.

As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.

Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers.

A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.

His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations.

Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers.

For more information on Peter's work, please go to his web site.


Class Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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