The Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter
The Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter is a miniature quadcopter that fits in your hand. It only weights about 19 grams and is 9 cm motor-to-motor. Aside from being fun to fly, it’s main purpose is to be a versatile development platform that can be used to experiment, develop and explore a lot of different areas of technology.
How do I use the quadcopter?
The quadcopter is flown by connecting a USB radio dongle and a controller to a host system, and then running the Crazyflie client software. This could either be a computer (running Linux or Windows), an Android device that supports USB OTH/HOST or an embedded system like the Raspberry Pi.
For input a wide range of controllers can be used when connected to your PC. There are also RC-controllers that you can connect directly to the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter. For more information on controllers have a look at the controller page.
The Crazyflie platform
The Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter is part of the Crazyflie platform. The platform consists of several different components, like the <Crazyradio>, the development environment and the host PC and Android applications.
Here’are the specifications of the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter 6-DOF version:
- Small and lightweight, around 19g and about 90mm motor to motor
- Flight time up to 7 minutes with standard 170mAh Li-Po battery
- Standard micro-USB connector for charging which takes ~20min for the stock 170mAh Li-Po battery
- On-board low-energy radio@1mW based on the nRF24L01+ chip. Up to 80m range (environment dependent) when using the Crazyradio USB dongle
- Radio bootloader which enabled wireless update of the firmware
- Powerful 32 bit MCU: STM32F103CB @ 72 MHz (128kb flash, 20kb RAM)
- 3-axis high-performance MEMs gyros with 3-axis accelerometer: Invensense MPU-6050
- Expansion header 2×10 pins 1.27mm (0.05”) pitch including power, I2C/UART, SPI/ADC. Header also contains ARM Cortex 10-pin JTAG (header not included)
- 4-layer low noise PCB design with separate voltage regulators for digital and analog supply
The specifications for the Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter 10-DOF are the same, but it has two added sensors:
- 3-axis magnetometer HMC5883L (compass)
- High precision altimeter MS5611-01BA03
What can I use the quadcopter for?
The Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter can of course be flown just because it’s fun, but the main usage is as a development, teaching or experimentation platform.