York Junior High Drone Kits - Details and Specifications
Details and Important Information:
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Drone Kit Contents:
- Flight Controller (FC) - the selection of FC's used in the kits may vary depending on the quantity of kits ordered and the remaining stock in our inventory. The decision to use FC's such as the Naze32 Rev6 is mainly due to fact that this series of FC's requires much more hands-on work in terms of soldering and programming. By offering this style of FC, your child will be able to learn the core fundamentals and functions during the assembly process.
- Power Distribution Board (PDB) - the PDB was chosen as an optional feature for the drone kit. While PDB's are not "mandatory" in some cases, I believe that it is important to offer the option during the assembly process in order to provide a safer and easier way to manage the voltage to each component. In most cases the PDB of choice is the Matek series. Each kit will contain a PDB that your child can use when assembling their drone.
- Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) - ESC's make up the "fuel" for each motor and the selection of ESC's used in these kits will vary from 4-in-1 to individual ESC's. Each form has its own "advantages" and "disadvantages" but a the end of the day, it really comes down to pilot preference. Some students will prefer the 4-in-1 option since it requires less soldering while other students will appreciate the individual versions since it reduces the footprint on the drone. In these kits, there will be a 50/50 split (roughly) between 4-in-1 and individual ESC's.
- Motors - Emax has been a staple in the drone industry with many large and small designs utilizing their motors and technology. As an Emax dealer, I was able to secure low pricing on a bulk order some time ago and through this, am now able to pass the savings on to the students at York Junior High. The motors are able to handle a great deal of throttle fluctuation and impact. They are very strong and offer good protection to the coils. As your child improves on his or her flying skills, the motors can also handle faster and more aggressive propellers down the road. We have also updated our motors for these kits to include Black Widow and Multi-Star. All sets are excellent and will help to make this kit a great build for the students.
- FPV Camera / VTX - First Person View (FPV) has now become the standard for many pilots. FPV allows pilots the opportunity to fly their drone while wearing goggles, giving them the feel as if they were actually sitting inside the quad itself. Although goggles are not a part of this kit, the ability to utilize them in the future will be made available through the addition of the FPV Camera. The Video Transmitter (VTX) is actually built into the camera making the All-In-One units (AIO) an excellent and simple choice for beginners. The AIO Camera/VTX that I have selected for these kits will be a Quanum series or a RushFPV series. Both are excellent and offer some great features for your child.
- Transmitter / Receiver (TX / RX) - The TX and RX combination that I have selected for the kits are excellent for both beginner and experienced pilots. Made by Turnigy and FlySky, both are well-built and offer a good range of flight distance as well as some safety features to help reduce the chance of drone loss. Students will be able to program their TX to meet their comfort level in terms of sensitivity and response rates. As your child's skills improve, the TX and RX can be adjusted to become even more responsive to pilot input.
What is not included:
- Lithium Polymer Batteries (LiPo) - the drone kits are not equipped with LiPo's due to the fact battery selection and pricing will vary significantly from time to time. Each kit is able to use both 3S and 4S LiPo's but I would recommend that all students start with 3S LiPo's since it provides a lower amount of voltage (12.6v). LiPo's are often referred to by their cell count. A 3S LiPo has 3 cells while a 4S LiPo has 4 cells. (yes there is an S instead of a C...we just look passed that). Each cell contains roughly 4.2 Volts when charged so a 3S should have 12.6v while a 4S should have 16.8v. The higher voltage directly affects the speed at which the motors will spin (RPM) which then determines how fast the quad can fly. For safety reasons I would recommend a 3S until each student feels comfortable to move up.
- LiPo Charger - chargers are not included in these kits but can also be added later on. There are Single LiPo Chargers as well as Multi-LiPo Chargers depending on your budget. Many pilots prefer to use Multi-LiPo Chargers so that they can charge more than one battery at a time. This is a much more efficient way to go but the cost does increase with this option.