DIY Drones on the Homestead
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!
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.
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
- 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.
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 droness. Lets
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 wouldnt stake
my life on them, but they could really make a big difference.
power source. droness need electricity to run. They dont
use much, so a big system isnt necessary. Ideally you would
want a system that could allow you to re-charge your drones within
one day. A great no-fuss, all-in-one system is Goal
Zeros Escape 150 Solar Kit. A system like this could
be exclusively used to support your drones and isnt too
hard on the pocket book. An alternative is a Biolite
Homestove (if you can get your hands on one) is another great
option, as you can tend to your cooking duties while charging
- Spare batteries.
Spare batteries for your drones and all support equipment are
highly recommended. Batteries will wear out with constant use.
- Spare autopilot.
Your autopilot is the brain of your drones. If you only have one
and it dies, your drones has become useless.
- Spare parts
for your vehicle. Consider the parts that might break the most.
Ailerons, rudders, rotors/propellers, wheels, chassis, suspension,
etc. Stock up on a few extras plus additional materials that could
be substituted for broken parts. Model airplane wood, glue, plastics,
metals, paints (for camouflage).
- Spare payload
parts of your choice.
It is highly
recommended that any primary and spare parts for your drones be
stored in some sort of Faraday cage when not in use.
So, now youve
got your own homemade, DIY drone/drones. What next? How can it be
useful? The possibilities are endless, but here are some uses that
might interest Survivalblog readers. There are three main categories
of use than a drone could function in; surveillance, communication,
delivery/transport. While examining these three categories, please
keep in mind that droness can come in land, sea or air based
systems. Conduct some critical thinking exercises to see which system
could serve your unique situation best in your environment. These
are just a few possibilities, Im sure you can think of more!
Keep in mind, the mission planning software that you get for your
autopilot will often come with the ability to program your drone
to the below tasks.
a moment that you require the ability to observe a field a view
from a higher elevation or vantage point. A quad copter type drones
could be suited very well for this task since it is capable in functioning
in a hover mode. Imagine your field of view from an altitude 100
above your ground-based observation post?
your drones or drone to conduct a patrol on a pre-designated route
can potentially save you man power. If your homestead is under-staffed,
you may be able to send out patrols to survey your area of operations
without sacrificing critical staff at your base location.
If there is
something in particular you would like to get a closer look at,
you can send out a drones to have a closer inspection without putting
personnel in harms way. Lets say you are in a vehicle
convoy and are coming up on a blind curve. Wouldnt it be great
to send out a drones to reconnoiter the curve to determine if it
is safe/free of an ambush? Anything that is dangerous that you dont
want to get close to is perfect for a recon mission.
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