Tethered Quadcopter


SparkFun’s "hackers in residence.created an awesome project - the “Tethered Quadcopter.” Check out the tutorial linked below to learn more about their project and how to build one of your own. You can find the full project tutorial here

What You’ll Need

Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Quadcopter @ $299
Dropcam WiFi HD Camera @ $149 (use this option for wifi/live web streaming) or HackHD Camera @ $160 (use this option to record to SD card and view later)
Monoprice 50ft 14AWG Enhanced Loud Oxygen-Free Copper Speaker Wire Cable @ $21
4 x Deans Connectors @ $0.95 ea
few small zip ties
Power Supply (we used a power supply from a PC, which requires two 4 pin Molex Connectors @ $0.95 each, but anything that supplies 12v at around/up to 8A should work.)
5v Power Regulator @ $1.25 or 3.3v Power Regulator if using HackHD instead of Dropcam
Heat Sync plus Mounting Parts (Screw, Nut, Locknut) @ $0.95 ea
Thermal Tape @ $3.95
Micro USB cable that you are willing to cut up (to power the Dropcam)


Soldering Iron/Station - we prefer variable temp but there are lots of options that should work.
Lead solder (easier to de-solder if you need to)
Knife (xacto or similar)
Wire Stripper
Hot Glue Gun and Glue