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New Hexacopter with Rpi3/Navio2

(Alessandro Loiacono) #1

Hi all.
I’ve decided to build up a new hexacopter with Rpi3 and Navio2, i’m reading lots of guide to find which components are most suitable and convenient; but i want also to ask you an opinion.
Which Escs , Motors ( compatible with Escs ) , Rx/Tx would you buy and why? I’m looking for something powerful that wouldn’t bring me problems. What about your opinion?
Really thanks, have a nice sunday :slight_smile:

(Marc Lebret) #3


You have to start from the Payload (Camera + Gimbal + associated electronics). When your choice is OK, you can search for the frame and motors and Battery.

Easy rule for weight is 1/4 Payload, 1/4 Frame and Flight electronics, 1/4 Motors and ESC and Wiring, 1/4 battery.

There is an application eCalc https://www.ecalc.ch to help you choose propulsion system.

Your propulsion system need to be able to lift twice the weight of your Hexacopter, so, when hovering, you are at 50% power.

There are some projects around Navio or Edge. They are quite large, you can achieve your goal with smaller one.





(Tobias Dahms) #4

After a year using a hexa I will switch back to an quad. Less complicated, more flight time, cheaper. For security I will go for a parachute rather than for additional motors

Why do you want to build a hexa?

(Alessandro Loiacono) #5

Hi Mlebret, your topic is very interesting, I’ll certainly use it.
What type of battery would you use for this? I have a LiPo 4s 14.8V , is this fine ?

(Tatiana Andreeva) #6

Hi @Loia94,

It’s hard to say certainly will this battery fit your drone or not without knowing other components in the build.

By the way, there is a calculator app @mlebret shared above:

You can calculate the required battery voltage using the app.