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Understanding Bitrate

Bitrate can be a tricky thing to understand. When you start throwing numbers into the mix, technical specs can get kind of overwhelming. So what’s a simple explanation of bitrate? A bitrate is essentially a numerical value of the amount…

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Lucien Miller At AUVSI 2015

I attended the Unmanned Systems 2015 conference and tradeshow hosted by the AUVSI May 4-7th at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. My presentation, Advanced Power System Selection & Maximizing Efficiency in Multirotors, was well received by the…

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Decoding Part Numbers On Cobra Motors

Here is how you decode the part number on a Cobra motor. The last motor you listed below has the following part number: CB1501133193 The part number is broken up to the following groups: CB 15 01 13 3193 CB…

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How To Clean Your Cobra Motor

There are a couple ways you can clean out a motor. You can take it apart or leave it together, it is up to you. The bearings in the motor are full of grease, so even if you get the…

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Multirotors and the Law

There has been a tremendous amount of new developments since the last installment of Multirotor Flight, so it seemed appropriate to go into some of the new rules, regulations, exemptions and landmark decisions that have been made over the past…

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Using Performance Graphs

Picking out a power system for a multirotor aircraft can be a bit overwhelming for pilots that are new to this segment of the hobby. Trying to figure out what motor, prop, ESC’s and battery to use can be a…

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Multirotor Maintenance

Multirotor aircraft are relatively low-maintenance models by design. Unlike helicopters, which have a large number of moving parts such as swash-plates, gears, pulleys, pushrods, blade holders and thrust bearings to name a few, conventional multirotors are rather simple machines with…

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Maximizing Flight Time

Once pilots get their multirotors operating well, and start actually doing things with it other than tearing holes in the sky, one of the first hurdles faced is increasing the available flight time. Most pre-packaged, ready-to-fly multirotor models come with…

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The ABC’s of PID’s

If you have ever worked with any open-source multirotor controller boards in the past, then you have probably needed to tune the PID settings in the feedback loops a few times. For some, these settings make perfect sense, but for…

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Multirotor DIY

Like many other segments of the RC Hobby, after building a few kits, some people like to try designing and building their own models from scratch. Modelers have been doing this for decades with fixed wing aircraft by scratch building…

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Multirotors and Cameras

Once pilots get familiar with flying their multirotor aircraft, they look for interesting new things to do with them. Many times, they will carry some type of camera up to get an eye in the sky perspective. Whether this is…

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