Pluto: Drone for STEAM education.

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In this article, I wanted to discuss new STEAM education kits. This time it is a drone. Drona Aviation an IIT-Bombay-based company designs and builds nano-drones for industrial and educational applications.

Here I want to talk about the model Pluto X and Pluto 1.2 which are aimed at STEAM education and tinkering for makers, engineers and hobbyists alike.

Pluto X

PlutoX is an RTF nano-drone designed for students and makers. Adding different accessories like sensors, LEDs, servos, etc. is possible using UniBus design. Another eye-catching facility it provides is the ability to do Image Processing using ROS. Which opens doors to limitless possibilities.

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Specifications:

Model:Pluto X
Controller:Primus X
Flight Time:9 min
Payload:15g
Communication:WiFi
GPIOs:16
DAC:2
UART:2

You can order the drone from Drona Aviations‘ official website or from Amazon. If you are anything like me and love to tinker with DIY kits, this is a great tool to start with. The kit will cost you ₹12,999 ($167 US), included in the package you get the following:

  • PlutoX Drone
  • Camera module
  • X-Breakout
  • Spares: 2 Motors, 1 set Propellers
  • Propeller Removal tool
  • Rookie Pilot Badge

Pluto 1.2

Pluto 1.2 is powered by the Primus V4 flight controller which is a slightly downgraded version of Primus X. Primus is a reprogrammable flight controller with onboard WiFi. pluto comes with a DIY kit that you can assemble and fly using the controller app or program to fly with your imagination. For a more detailed article and review of Pluto 1.2 check out: Pluto 1.2 a Programmable Nano Drone.

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Specifications:

Model:Pluto 1.2
Controller:Primus V4
Flight Time:9 min
Payload:15g
Communication:WiFi
GPIOs:16
DAC:2
UART:2

Pluto 1.2 can be purchased on Amazon or from Drona Aviation directly. It will cost you ₹6,799 ($87 US), in the package, you will get the following items.

  • Pluto 1.2 Drone Kit
  • User manual
  • Spares: 2 Motors, 1 set Propellers
  • Propeller Removal tool
  • Rookie Pilot Badge

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Finally.

Pluto drones are not built for people who fly drones professionally. These kits are for learners and tinkerers to get into a new hobby. You get a hands-on experience with kit assembly, programming and learning the basics of drones.

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