Why should tyrannical, oppressive governments have all
the fun with advanced technology? How many of you reading this knew
that for about $1,000 (about the cost of a good AR-15) that you could buy all the parts you needed to build your own drones? Did you know that there are cutting edge companies that are
even selling “all in one” kits to make your own drones? Everyone is
well-aware that drones have become a force-multiplier on the battle
field. They grant a lone ground force the ability of a degree of
air-superiority, even if that superiority is only that of surveillance
and the ability to see through the fog of war to a certain extent. Imagine the implications this can have on the safety and security of
your homestead? Not to mention what a fun hobby this could be!
This essay is written to serve as an introduction to everyone about
the possibilities of civilian drone technology. You will need to do
technical research on your own. Please note, what you choose to do with
your drone is your own business. Make sure that you obey all local,
state and federal laws regarding this technology.
What do you need to get started?
Head on over to DIYDrones.com. This is a great web site that was created with the sole purpose of
investigating the world of drone technology and how it can be utilized
by the average civilian. It has a great community to help you with all
your questions. According to the web site's editors, here is a list of
what you will need to start your own DIY drones project.
You will need a vehicle. DIYDrones.com
there are instructions showing how to incorporate planes, helicopters, land-based and even water based vehicles
into your drone system.
You will need an autopilot. Autopilots are computer boards that
control the mechanical functions of your drones. You will need this
item if you want to be able to program your drones to be autonomous and
function on its own. Autopilots typically include mission planning
software to program your drones.
You will need a computer or laptop. Most of us already posses one that can serve the purpose.
An optional payload system. This could be anything from recording
cameras, video transmission equipment, radio duplexers, to a message in
a bottle. More on this later.
It’s as simple as that. The macro-components listed above are simple
to gather and can be done under $1,000 (excluding computer). This is
enough to get you started in the world of drones’s. Let’s take a look
at highly suggested support equipment. If you are really broke, take a
look at AirHogs. I know, they are toys for kids. But how valuable could this simple
“toy” be as a force multiplier? I wouldn’t stake my life on them, but
they could really make a big difference.