Wednesday, June 24, 2015

My first drone is (not an hexacopter but) a Q450 quadcopter with 3DR's Pixhawk flight controller

Here's the follow-up of my previous article "Help needed for my FPV hexacopter" .

Thanks to the help of the "Drones in Belgium" community, and a few friends (Benjamin, Dominique, and Maxime), I finally could get out and have my drone flying for the first time.

In a previous article, I asked for help choosing all the components that I would need to build a FPV hexacopter in order to take videos with a GoPro.

My previous article is the entire story about selecting the components and where I bought those but here's a resume:

Ordered in the international warehouse:

Ordered in the EU warehouse:

I have a Spektrum DX6i remote but I finally bought a Taranis FRSSKY X8R (from in order to have more channels. It appears to be a very good choice.
3DR's Pixhawk Flight Controller.

Last but not least, I decided to order 3DR's Pixhawk flight controller with the corresponding  3DR GPS uBlox LEA-6 with Compass (from

As recommended by Benjamin, I removed the batteries banana plugs and switched them for XT60 connectors.

Here's a picture of the final result:

After multiple trials to set up my quadcopter with Mission Planner and changing some remote controller settings, thanks to Maxime, I could finally fly for the first time with my own drone.

The day was sunny and with nearly no wind... it was perfect for my first time.

There were a few minor crashes (because of some bad settings and the low-battery alarm that I did not connect correctly) but no damages.

Here is Maxime's video of this day that he took from his own drone.

I want to thank everyone who helped me having this quadcopter flying. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Next steps is to mount the GoPro and FPV system... but that's another story ;)

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