Absolutely no experience needed!
Build your drone, step-by-step, with this full-color, hands-on guide!
You’ve heard about drones. You’ve seen drones. Now, build your own—it’s a lot easier than you think!
Drones are the newest frontier for the DIY/maker community, and you don’t need to be a technical expert to build one. John Baichtal, the #1 author of hardware hacking books for beginners, will teach you all the skills you need.
First, Baichtal shows you the amazing drones others have built. Then, he walks you through several complete projects: quadcopters, UAVs, ROVs, and more. Not ready to start from scratch? No problem: Baichtal helps you choose from today’s best new kits.
Hundreds of full-color step-by-step photos teach you every step, every skill. When you’re ready for more advanced concepts, Baichtal explains them in plain English.
Discover what drones are and why they’re so exciting
Explore today’s most imaginative projects, from 3D-printed mini quadcopters to floating robot armies
Compare kits, from $200 up: Parallax ELEV-8, DJI Phantom 2 Vision+, OpenROV, Actobotics Nomad, Brooklyn Aerodrome Flack, and more
Create your own practical Drone Builder’s Workbench
Build complete rocket, blimp, waterborne, and automotive drones
Construct both fully autonomous and radio-controlled drones
Choose and assemble your chassis (airframe), motor, props, flight control, power system, accessories, and software
Integrate Arduino to make radio-controlled drones operate autonomously
Teach a drone to navigate via RFID tags
Learn all the basic electronics and programming you’ll need