Saturday, June 7, 2014
Raspberry Pi Quadcopter is a ambitious project to make a wifi controlled flying computer with minimum cost. The final goal is to be able to stream live data to internet from flight, with on board camera and sensors. We started building the quadcopter using this guide.
Some of the parts are old stuff around my house and some already purchased. There will be another post about the parts and where we ordered them.
The project has two parts; the quadcopter and a "ground unit". The Quadcopter is a normal RC quadcopter, but instead of having control unit and radio system, it will have Raspberry Pi with Wlan dongle. The ground unit will have a 12v motorcycle battery, a DD-WRT powered d-link router, wifi tethered 4G smartphone. If the wifi range is not long enough with the stock antenna, then we'll have to get a more powerfull outdoor antenna.
The quadcopter will be controlled with a laptop or other device, which is connected to the same wifi. Software wise, we are going to write the code for the Pi and the controlling software ourselves. There are some open source code for quadcopters that we might recycle for our project. All the code will be available at github later.
There is already some discussion about the project at this reddit post.
We will update all images to this album.