What is a Drone?

You can go backwards, you can hover, and you can go straight up or straight down. What is it? It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no …it’s a drone! If you are familiar with the RC world, you probably already know this, because the news about quadcopters has been buzzing lately.

Drones (quadcopters) are unmanned aerial vehicles that are extremely fun to fly (especially if you love this type of stuff). In this day, the word “drone” is normally used when talking about some kind of remote controlled unmanned aircraft – this could mean a quadcoptor or even a slightly more advanced octocopter. Take note that when we refer to “quadcopter,” we are referring to “drones, quadcopters and UAVs – we’re telling this so that you do not get confused.

Today, we are going to teach you about quadcopters, give you some buying tips, tell you about flying them and much more, so pay close attention to what we have to tell you in this article.

What is a Quadcopter?

The quadcopter is one of the top selling products in the world of remote-controlled vehicles – so many people are already using them. A quadcopter is an unmanned helicopter that has a total of four rotors. It has a total of four arms – each arm has a ropeller and a motor at the end of it. In some ways, they are similar to helicopters. However, the difference is – their lift and thrust comes from four different ropellers, instead of one. Also, a helicopter has a tail rotor that is used to help stabilize the craft, whereas a quadcopter does not have a tail rotor. When the quadcopter is flying, two of the propellers spin counterclockwise, while the other two spin in the opposite direction (clockwise) and this is what allows the machine to hover in the air.

People of all ages enjoy quadcopters and some even use them for photography. In addition to this, they have been used in disaster management, police operations and agricultural applications.

They Have Different Names

As we stated in the beginning of this article, many times, quadcopters are referred to by different names, such as quadrotor, quadrocopter, quad-copter, UAV, UAS or drone. You also have tri copters (those have three blades), hexacopters (six blades) and octocopters (eight blades). The multirotos that have a large amount of blades have a tendency to be larger and are designed to carry a heavier load. For example, Amazon has talked about using octocopters due to their stability and ability to carry a large amount of weight. However, if you do not plan on flying packages around town, the quadcopter will do just fine.  

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