How to safely store Your UAV and drone

 

How to ensure safe and secure storage of Your drone and UAV

 

Objective: These seven bullet point are a set of best practises to ensure a safe and secure storage of Your drone and UAV. 

 

Store Your drone in a place with limited access

Protecting and limiting access to Your UAS/UAV is an easy way to ensure that no unauthorized changes are made to Your drone. Limited access will also lower the probability of faults or damages to Your system.

Store your drone in a suitable case

To protect your drone from dust, moisture, sunlight, and impact, you should store it in a suitable case when not in use. You can use a hard or soft case, depending on your preference and budget, but make sure it has enough space and padding for your drone and its accessories. You can also remove the propellers and the battery from your drone, and place them in separate compartments or bags. You should store your case in a cool and dry place, away from heat sources or magnets.

Clean your drone regularly

One of the most important steps to maintain your drone is to clean it regularly. Dust, dirt, sand, and debris can accumulate on the propellers, motors, sensors, and camera, affecting their performance and lifespan. You can use a soft brush, a microfiber cloth, and compressed air to gently remove any dirt from the surface and the crevices of your drone. Avoid using water or wet wipes, as they can damage the electrical components or cause corrosion.

Check your drone for damage

Another essential step to maintain your drone is to check it for any damage or wear and tear after each flight. Look for cracks, dents, scratches, or loose parts on the frame, propellers, landing gear, and battery. If you notice any signs of damage, replace or repair the affected parts as soon as possible. You can also use a multimeter to test the voltage and resistance of the battery and the motors, and make sure they are within the recommended range.

Update your drone firmware and software

To keep your drone running smoothly and safely, you should also update its firmware and software regularly. Firmware is the program that controls the hardware of your drone, while software is the application that you use to operate and customize your drone. Updating them can improve the performance, stability, and security of your drone, as well as fix any bugs or glitches. You can use the manufacturer’s app or website to check for any available updates and install them on your drone.

Calibrate your drone sensors and compass

Before each flight, you should also calibrate your drone sensors and compass, especially if you change locations or encounter interference. Sensors are the devices that measure the speed, altitude, orientation, and position of your drone, while compass is the device that determines the direction of your drone. Calibrating them can ensure the accuracy and reliability of your drone’s flight and navigation. You can use the manufacturer’s app or instructions to perform the calibration process, which usually involves rotating your drone in different directions.

Charge and discharge your drone battery properly

One of the most sensitive and expensive parts of your drone is the battery. To prolong the life and performance of your battery, you should charge and discharge it properly. You should charge your battery fully before each flight, using the original charger and adapter. You should also avoid overcharging or undercharging your battery, as this can damage its cells and capacity. You should discharge your battery no more than to around 20% after each flight, and store it in a cool and dry place.

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