Date of Graduation

Spring 2018

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Major

Aerospace Systems Engineering

Research Sponsor

Dr. Chen Ling

First Reader

Alex Brookshire

Second Reader

Chase Alfman

Abstract

Over the past few years quadcopters, also known as drones, have really started to take off in a recreational market. The technology has come a long way over the past decade and as with most technology, as it has matured it has become cheaper and more accessible to everyday people. So much so that anyone can go online and purchase a small quadcopter for under $20. They are relatively easy to fly and can even be flown indoors due to how safe they are as well. However, buying a quadcopter online doesn't really allow the consumer to develop a true understanding of how quadcopters are build and how they function. It is possible to purchase a kit online in order to build a quadcopter and develop that better understanding but these kits can be more expensive than the average consumer would like to spend. It is also possible to build a quadcopter from different parts purchased online but this can also get expensive as well as incredibly confusing. The goal of this project was to solve those issues, and make the quadcopter building experience both simple and affordable for a consumer who may want to learn more about quadcopters and have a quadcopter of their own.

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