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Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter

By: on April 13, 2013
$173
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Whether or not this nano quadcopter flies is entirely up to you. I mean up to your skillz. The Crazyflie is an open source DIY kit primed for development and hacking, but its assembly demands proficiency in soldering, and it is not to be confused with a toy. Or a Japanese giant hornet, even though it weighs only 19 grams and buzzes and has some yellow in it and would probably cause a corneal tear if it flew into your eye.

Crazyflie's schematics and firmware/host source code have been uploaded to Bitcraze.se, along with a Wiki delineating design information and details on how to get started. The quadcopter uses a 2.4 GHz radio chip to receive commands and communicate with the host computer (a Crazyradio dongle connects to PCs or other platforms that support USB Host). I wonder what they talk about.

Crazyflie features:

  • Measures 90mm motor to motor.
  • Flight time of up to 7 minutes with a standard 170mAh Li-Po battery.
  • 20-minute charge time.
  • Radio bootloader enabling wireless update of the firmware.
  • 3-axis high-performance MEMs gyros with 3-axis accelerometer.
  • 3-axis magnetometer.
  • High precision altimeter.
  • 4-layer low noise PCB design with separate voltage regulators for digital and analog supply.

Crazyflie kits include:

  • Crazyflie control board
  • Crazyradio
  • Antenna 2 DBi
  • 4 motor mounts
  • 5 coreless DC motors
  • 4 CW propellers
  • 4 CCW propellers
  • 1 LiPo battery
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