Canada Drone Aerospace Centre


Drone Construction Training

Drone Construction Training

Drone Construction Training

The program offers entrepreneurs and early-stage founders from all over the world access to proprietary drone project development, UAS operations and UAV construction curriculum, technical hands-on training and know-how for building and designing drones, construction, prototyping, ground station control, firmware and software, communication systems, debugging and simulations, testing to manufacturing, supply chain resources, and marketing. Mentorship includes step-by-step training for building a complete commercial and autonomous multirotor or VTOL drone project. The UAV applications will include but are not limited to Security and Surveillance drones, agriculture drones, delivery drones (medical or food supplies), mapping and surveying drones, and drones operating in harsh and difficult environments for data gathering.

1.1 Communications Systems
Communication systems for any type of robotics application is its core part. The attendees will learn short and long-range P2P data and video link communications between the ground control station and drone. This also includes 4G/5G communications systems. Radiofrequency propagation methods for transmission and reception of various aviation communication and data link systems will be covered.

1.2 Ground Control Station 
Just like the aircraft pilots operate the airplane from the cockpit, the drone pilots and operators control the drone telemetry and flight computers from the ground. In this session, attendees will learn various types of open-source ground stations available, the best option to choose from and how to use them. The attendees will learn how to build ground station whether a cloud-based station or a smartphone application like DJI. They will learn various types of communication systems being used and how to decode them.

1.3 Drone Firmware and Software

AI-based systems are main requirement for any robotic project and product out there. This course includes Autonomous and AI-based mission planning systems for the urban, forest, and mountain areas and regeneration of environment with point cloud data. Software development will also include an obstacle avoidance system, precision landing system for indoor and outdoor applications, Simultaneous localization, and mapping for indoor and outdoor applications.

1.4 Debugging and Simulation 
Like any other software on the market, there is a lot of debugging and testing involve with drone software applications. Before taking out drone for the first test flight, we test the hardware and software operations in a simulating environment. Simulation involves basic flight tests and sensors to completely autonomous flight obstacle avoidance and precision landing.

1.5 Testing 
Simple laboratory test equipment will be used such as digital multimeter, power supply, and soldering station. Advanced test equipment can be used for large projects such as oscilloscopes, signal/waveform generators, and spectrum analyzers.

1.6 Course Topics and Length:

Sr. NoCourse TopicCourse Time
1Drone Design and Construction 
 VTOL frame with battery, motors, propellers, etc 
 Plane frame with battery, motors, propellers, etc 
 Wing loading 
 Thrust to power ratio 
 Power distribution system 
 Motor speed controllers 
 Senors and camera systems 
2.Drone Firmware and Software12 hours
 Ardupilot Configuration 
 PX4 Configuration 
 Flight Modes for multirotor 
 Flight modes for VTOL 
 Auto mission planning 
 Companion Computer system 
 ROS Implementation 
 Depth and tracking camera systems 
 Lidar systems 
 Obstacle avoidance systems 
 Precision landing systems (April Tag) 
 Simulated environment configuration and testing 
3.Communications Systems4 hours
 Omnidirectional communication systems (Short range) 
 Omnidirectional communication systems (Long range) 
 Directional long-range ground station system 
 4G/5G communication systems 
4.Ground control station8 hours
 Ardupilot Mission planner 
 PX4 QGround Control 
 Flight controller communication 
 Flight controller parameters 
 Sensor configuration 
 How to plan a mission? 
 Camera and gimbal settings 
 Sensors and obstacle avoidance system 
 Simulated environment configuration and testing 
5.Real-world flight tests