Make your individual micro FPV drone racing gate
January seventh, 2023—
Drone racing is an more and more fashionable pastime, particularly as high-performance drones get an increasing number of inexpensive. Racing drones can attain 200mph and an enormous a part of the talent set mandatory for competitors is the pilot’s capability to navigate by way of gates at excessive pace. These gates mark examine factors on the course, a bit just like the gates that slalom skiers undergo. Drone racing gates may monitor time, which is the case with this DIY micro FPV drone racing gate constructed by YouTuber ProfessorBoots.
That is an inexpensive gate meant for indoor micro FPV drone racing. It’s sufficiently big to accommodate some bigger drones, however the pilot must have stellar finesse. For micro drones, it’s good. The gate detects the presence of a passing drone and may time laps, recording every lap and permitting the pilot to see their greatest time. It additionally has a hoop of LEDs for visibility. If desired, the person can program these LEDs to flash when a drone passes by way of.
The mind of the gate is a small and inexpensive Arduino Nano board. It detects passing drones utilizing a pair of ultrasonic sensors. Many related builds solely use a single ultrasonic sensor, however ProfessorBoots added a second for dependable drone detection. The enclosure and ring are 3D-printable, with a strip of WS2812B individually addressable RGB LEDs working alongside the outer floor of the ring. A small four-digit, seven-segment show connects to the Arduino to show the time.