I´m new to this forum, I´m looking forward to becoming an active user!
I´m preparing to build my first drone and I´ve been reading into the subject for some time now. I´m confortable with hardware and software, and building things.
After some thinking I decided to build a large drone which attracts me more that the smaller and faster race drones. I was thinking to start off with 4 rotors but eventually turn the built into 8 rotors. It would be great if it could lift a decent weight, like 15 to 20 kgs. (one day I would love to build something that could carry me around, but for the time being this is just a distant dream…!)
It would be nice if it could stay in the air 20 minutes or more. I understand it could become costly to build this, and that´s fine (up to a point!). I won´t mount a camera on it immediately but would like to do it later on.
As a controller I was thinking of Pixhawk but I´m a bit lost here. What´s the difference between eg version 2.1, version 4 and the Pixhack? What do you recommend I use?
Also, if I understand it correctly, the Pixhawk is manufactured by different brands. What brand do you recommend I use?
What kind of motors do you recommend for the kind of lift I´m after? What about the ESC? It´s not clear to me how to select the ESC based on the Pixhawk and motors I choose.
Regarding the radio controllers, what should I pay attention to? I would like to buy a remote control that is not too expensive but will serve me now and in the future.
Finally, I was hoping to be able to use Windows as the platform the program the Pixhawk and control the system. Is that recommendable or should I be using Linux?
I would hugely appreciate if you could take the time to write down your thoughts and recommendations. It is my intention to keep you all informed of my built on this platform in order to share the experience.
Many thanks in advance, kind regards,