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Mini Flying Drone

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

After building our first Arduino-based flying drone robot, we decided to take what we learned and build a tiny quadrotor that was safe to fly indoors and out. We used the same electronics, but built the frame out of ABS sheet and kite parts. This little robot, which we call the Black Hornet, is about 7″ across between the props.  He’s great fun to fly day or night (he’s equipped with two arrays of cool blue LEDs), and definitely sounds like a huge hornet.

The Black Hornet mini drone

The Mini Flying Drone has since been upgraded with an all new frame design based on a sandwich of three custom-made carbon fiber plates and four carbon fiber square shafts.

Workshop Blog post on recent upgrade

Technical Specifics

See Flying Drone Robot page for details
Special Thanks to Jose Julio at DIY Drones for his knowledge and inspirational posting.

Comments (6)

  1. Kindra Prima
    August 12th, 2011

    Thanks for the post 🙂

  2. Flying Drone Robot | Beatty Robotics
    September 3rd, 2011

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  3. dave
    October 13th, 2011

    Nice work! May I ask what propellers you are using and where you got them from?

  4. preetish
    July 20th, 2012

    hi robert beatty

    i want do Flying Robot can u help me in this regard please .
    give the information of major component required for this and the propellers size what is cost of this project.
    remote transmission requirement also…..

  5. vinjohn
    September 3rd, 2012

    hi!! its an awesome project!! looking at this innovative project i have made this my final year project for my engineering!! but sir can you help me the components needed and the design of the quadrotor..please send a mail regarding these to vinjohnvc@gmail.com so that i can start with my project.
    thankyou sir.

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