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make aircraft using xbee and Modified RC remote from NEX

Hi there!

 I want to make an aircraft using the xbee, xbee pro modules..

Along with Modified RC remote from NEX (

I need to make my own receiver.. Can you help in the same?

the system should control 2-3 servo motors and 1 main prop motor.

I am a newbie. please give details

Thanks in advance for everything

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Hey can I make xbee pro to talk to xbee series 1?

if yes, then will it increase my range?

like the xbee series 1 has a range of max 100m and that of pro has max 1200m

so will this combination give me a greater range than 100m?

its the same question as I asked earlier now that I can blink an LED I think I should think about the Tx and Rx now


Hi Chris.......

Got my fingers burnt....

Just to show you I can make an led blink.... and not just an led.

A whole 3x3x3 cube controlled by arduino....

should I post a video?

What say???


I think it may be time to just get a LED to blink and worry about the transmitter and receiver later.

Waiting for the anduino delivery,

My codes for 3 servo 3 led's (blinking like on realaircraft ) and the code for brushless motor is ready and is waiting to get installed on an arduino.

Okay I wanna save money now..and also want more than 100 m range

The xbee series 1 has a range of 100m

while the pro has range of 900-1600m

pro is costlier. and insted of buying 2 pro's, If i buy a series 1 and a pro.

Then will I get more range. 

for example like if i use the pro to transmit data to 900m and the xbee series1 in the aircraft will receive all dete in its 100 range?

Is this idea right? will it give me good range?

You should get yourself a cheap ready-to-fly airplane kit made of foam, learn to fly it and while you're at it, get yourself a flight simulator program that you can use with the RC unit from the plane. (Look for protech stuff, they have some nice kits with a sim program and a simple plane).

Once you get that down, once you are really able to fly a plane without it falling from the air in a split second, get yourself some knowledge on building a custom airplane and use the gear that came with your kit.

While you are doing that, take some spare hours and familiarize yourself with the Arduino and electronics.
Make a led blink, make a speaker beep, get servo's to move.
Try interfacing with the XBee's, make a couple of servo's move on your desk while controlling a motor, and so on.

If you have no (or little) knowledge of either flying model planes and of the electronics you want to use, this is going to cost you alot of money, time and frustration.

I have been playing with model planes a while ago, really cheap ones, and none of them is alive, since I didn't want to take the time to familiarize myself with everything that comes with it.
Trust me on this one man, take it slow. Ambition is cool, ideas are exciting, but work to it slowly before you throw all your money into a pit that has no bottom.

I don't want to rain on any parade here but I should note some facts.

It is pretty hard to learn how to fly an airplane in the "normal" way. You are guaranteed to crash, you WILL loose a plane or two and it will take a few months of practice to really get going.

This being sorta your "first" project, there is a HUGE amount of uncertainty in terms of your code, wiring, installation etc. Not to mention, the affects on the plane of removing the "stock" gear and replacing with homemade stuff --CG and ballance for example.

If I were a betting man, I might put money on one or the other but not both. If you were an experienced pilot and newbie at electronics, you could probably pull this off. If you were an electronics guru but had never flown, again, you could probably do it. As we stand now, you at some point are going to be at the field throwing a plane into the air. After the crash, you now get to ask:

  • Did my code fail? Did it burp somewhere or get locked-up?
  • If it was code, was it the tx or the rx?
  • Was it any of the wiring on either side?
  • Did the x-bee's go out of range?
  • Interference?
  • Was the plane improperly ballanced because of the new stuff?
  • Did either of my power supplies fail?
  • With all the new electronics, was there electrical noise that brought the plane down?
  • --or--
  • Did everything work just fine and you simply crashed a plane?

You are about to buy a $200 plane, and stuff $200 worth of parts into it. Then you are going to throw it away --Not "throw it away" like it was trash, but literally throw the plane and it will fly away from you. And keep flying away from you. The only thing that will bring that plane, and your parts, back is your code and pilot skills. You are a newbie at both.

Once again, like I said before, this project is doable. I do however, think that you are skipping WAY ahead right now. I can almost guarantee that you will have 2-3 months in just learning the code and getting it solid. You have GOT to make a LED blink, my friend. Once you do this simple thing, you will have a taste of what you will need to do to finish this project.


Wait a sec,

Have you not flown a model airplane before? (With regular RC.)

hmm wait a sec... hmmm let me try to recall... hmmm


Well, you seem to have ambition and enthusiasm.  Unfortunately that doesn't always make up for experience and knowing the fundamentals- there seem to be some holes in your basic knowledge.  Are you sure you don't want to attempt a smaller scale project before diving in on this?  If nothing else it would be an opportunity to learn about the mechanics, electronics and basic problem solving without a large initial investment.