The Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter

crazyflie_pageThe 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.

Quadcopter specifications

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. To get some ideas of what’s possible to work with have a look at out development page or at our release video below.

How do I assemble the Crazyflie?

The Crazyflie is shipped as a kit, which means that you will have to do some assembly. This includes soldering the motors to the PCB as well as attaching the motor mounts and battery. Please have a look at the detailed assembly instructions on our wiki and the assembly video before you start assembling your Crazyflie.

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