Guide to drone for kids- A xmas edition

Merry Xmas to everyone.

Fancy your xmas gift being delivered by a drone ?



Beyond taking aerial shots and delivery, drones are flying robots which open to a world of possibilities with the sky as the only limit.

In this article, you will learn about the different components of a drone and how each component work together hand in hand


What are drones?

A drone, in a technological context, is an unmanned aircraft. Drones are more formally known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASes). Essentially, a drone is a flying robot. The aircrafts may be remotely controlled or can fly autonomously through software-controlled flight plans in their embedded systems working in conjunction with onboard sensors and GPS.

Interesting facts about drones

1) Drones are used in farming , military purpose, delivery of items.In Singapore, drones are used for checking ades mosquitoes, surveying construction sites

Check out a DHL delivery drone.


2) The youngest drone pilot to win the national race is British National Luke Bannister who at the tender age of 15 won the world drone prix in Dubai.

3) Drone pilots are almost unheard of a decade ago.


4) Drone is used as an ambulance to save lives

4) The world's smallest quadcopter, CX stars  weighs less than 10g and has a flight time of 4 mins.

How does a drone work?

An unmanned aerial vehicle system has two parts, the drone itself and the control system.  

Let us first look at the components in the drone itself



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A. Standard Prop

The “tractor” propeller are the props at the front of the quadcopter.  These props pull the quadcopter through the air like a tractor.

B. Pusher Prop

The Pusher props are at the back and push the uav forward hence the name “Pusher props”. These contra-rotating props exactly cancel out motor torques during stationary level flight.

C. Brushless Motors

E1200 Standard Drone Motor ComponentPractically all the latest drones use a brushless electric “outrunner” type, which is more efficient, more reliable, and quieter than a brushed motor.  Motor design is important.  More efficient motors save battery life and give the owner more flying time which is what every pilot wants.

D. Motor Mount

Sometimes built into combination fittings with landing struts or can be part of the UAV frame. If you are new to the world of drones, their are quite a few parts which are easy to replace.

E. Landing Gear

Drones which need high ground clearance may adopt helicopter-style skids mounted directly to the body, while other drones which have no hanging payload may omit landing gear altogether.

F. Boom

Shorter booms increase maneuverability, while longer booms increase stability. Booms must be tough to hold up in a crash while interfering with prop downdraft as little as possible.  In many drones the boom is part of the main body. Other drone have a definite boom as a separate part.

G. Main Body

This is the central hub from which booms radiate like spokes on a wheel.  It houses battery, main boards, processors avionics, cameras, and sensors.

Do you know you can build a drone from scratch?

Watch the below video to find out how.



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