I am very excited about this school project of mine but have no experience what so ever in building drones and therefore need some help! My team is suppose to build a drone that will be launched in a rocket and “delivered” to Mars (or Nevada). This drone will be housed in a ground station with a cylindrical shape roughly 6" in diameter and 9" long. The total weight of the drone wont be over 1 kg. The main purpose of this drone is to hover and collect LIDAR information. The basic thing I need help with is choosing the motors and propellers because once I get those I can design the drone around them!
I have been reading around the forums a bunch and there is just so much information which is a blessing and a curse sometimes… What I think I understand so far is that I need about 1.5x the weight of my drone in thrust. Also larger props will help aid in stability. However I must fit inside this capsule so the props can be too large. I guess what I am thinking is what is the smallest props I can get away with (paired with what motor) to achieve the 1.5 kg of thrust?
Thanks to any help!