What is the best place to understand the details of drones? Preferably something open source. Books would also be helpful.

  • $\begingroup$ What aspect of drones are you trying to understand? At the moment, your question is essentially, "Drones: tell me all about them!", which is far too broad. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Dec 6 '14 at 8:44
  • $\begingroup$ OP: Asking what the best of anything is pretty much ensures your question will be put on hold. $\endgroup$ – CGCampbell Dec 6 '14 at 17:52

I can think of a couple of open source UAV projects:

  • Paparazzi is a complete system of open source hardware and software for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, including autopilots and a ground control and planning station. All of the hardware plans and software source code you need to make a drone from scratch are available on github. But not everyone has the equipment to make a printed circuit board at home.

  • Open pilot is an autopilot for UAVs. They also sell hardware if I remember properly, which might make it a bit easier if you're just starting.

If you just want a simple introduction to flying drones, DIY drones has a quick guide to the basics.

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