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Drone Theory & Design

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About the Course

The Drone Theory & Design course is designed to develop students’ ability to identify the various components of a drone. These components could include airframes, electric motors, propellers, flight controllers and batteries. Through learning about the FAA, students will understand drone regulations and safety considerations surrounding drone use.


Propellers: Propeller Safety & Balancing

Each lesson includes media-rich presentations, a pre-made lesson plan, assessments and engaging real-world projects and activities. To get an idea of what iCEV offers, explore the sample lesson and resources below.

Lesson Resources:

Course Lessons

  • Design & Documentation: Engineering Design
  • Safety Considerations - Introduction to Safety
  • Introduction to Drones: Overview
  • Airframes - Airframe Characteristics & the History of Helicopter Design
  • Airframes: Airframe Sizes & Materials
  • Electric Motors: Calculations of Motor Ratings
  • Propellers: Size, Pitch, Direction & Blades
  • Propellers: Using eCalc
  • Electronic Speed Controllers: ESC Ratings
  • Flight Controllers: Introduction & How Flight Controllers Work
  • Flight Controllers: Sense-&-Avoid, the Flight Purpose & Flight Controller Categories
  • Batteries, Chargers & Connectors: LiPo Batteries
  • Transmitters & Receivers: Maneuvering, Controllers/Transmitters & Modes
  • Cameras, Gimbals & Other Payloads: Resolution, Sensors, Media & Quality Effects
  • Ground Control Stations & FPV: GCS Overview & Telemetry
  • Ground Control Stations & FPV: FPV & Drone Racing
  • Regulations & the FAA: Recreational Drone Use
  • Efficiency vs. Performance: Efficiency in Various Drone Components
  • Design & Documentation: Documentation & Teamwork
  • Safety Considerations: Drone Knowledge
  • Introduction to Drones: Drone Components
  • Airframes: Early Multirotor Aircraft Designs
  • Electric Motors: Introduction & the History of Electric Motors
  • Electric Motors: Choosing a Motor
  • Propellers: Propeller Safety & Balancing
  • Electronic Speed Controllers: Introduction to ESCs
  • Electronic Speed Controllers: Calibrating & Programming ESCs
  • Flight Controllers: Sensors & Guidance Systems
  • Batteries, Chargers & Connectors: Introduction & the History of Batteries
  • Batteries, Chargers & Connectors: Battery Health & Connectors
  • Transmitters & Receivers: Flight Modes, Receivers, Frequency Bands & Programming
  • Cameras, Gimbals & Other Payloads: Gimbals & Lenses
  • Ground Control Stations & FPV: Data Tracking
  • Regulations & the FAA: Regulating Airspace
  • Regulations & the FAA: Commercial Drone Use
  • Efficiency vs. Performance: Build or Buy
  • Design & Documentation: Tool Options
  • Safety Considerations: Privacy Policies & Flight Procedures
  • Introduction to Drones: Current Uses & Future Potential
  • Airframes: Advancements & Multicopter Configurations
  • Electric Motors: AC & DC Motors
  • Propellers: Introduction, The History & Propeller Design Theory
  • Propellers: Propeller Materials & Choosing Propellers
  • Electronic Speed Controllers: How ESCs Work
  • Electronic Speed Controllers: Firmware Options & Mounting ESCs
  • Flight Controllers: Autonomous Flight & Geo-Fencing
  • Batteries, Chargers & Connectors: Battery Overview
  • Transmitters & Receivers: Introduction & the History of Radio Control
  • Cameras, Gimbals & Other Payloads: Payload Considerations & Camera Options
  • Cameras, Gimbals & Other Payloads: Exp Settings, Video Frame Rates & Saving Flies
  • Ground Control Stations & FPV: Mission Planning & 3D Modeling/Mapping
  • Regulations & the FAA: Federal, State & Local Control
  • Efficiency vs. Performance

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