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June 19, 2012

Parallax Propeller Microcontroller Based Quadrotor

at 11:43 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks


 Using a Parallax Propeller built this Quadrotor. Watch the video below to see it in action. It looks to be very stable and with the Propeller processor on board there is sure to be no lack of processing power to keep things nice and stable.

“The control board is a Parallax Propeller protoboard (a quick prototyping board you can buy for about $20). The only sensor currently in use is a single 3-axis gyroscope (an ITG-3200). I have an ADXL-345 accelerometer mounted as well, but it’s not currently used.

Without batteries, it weighs 1kg (or 2lb, 4oz).”





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6 Responses to “Parallax Propeller Microcontroller Based Quadrotor”

  1. Mateo Says:


    Are those speed controllers unmodified or have you modified them to accept higher PPM update rates or maybe I2C?
    Also how you handle the drift of the gyro as you not use the accelerometer?
    Nice work


  2. John Says:

    wow, really cool uav

  3. Mark Says:

    That’s pretty impressive. It looks so stable in the air!

  4. Dave Says:


  5. HorseMask Says:

    I’m such a nerd for gadgets. Anyone know what the max antenna distance is on this? I saw one on another forum…it has some lift strength.

  6. Mateo Says:

    He uses a Spectrum AR6100 reciever so the distance is quite long.
    I looked at Spectrums AR6100 page but they don’t specify the usable distance, it depends on what radio you use i guess.
    The distance is long though, long enough for sure if you not planning on doing a camera+googles thing.
    Spectrum AR6100 page:


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