From the user's point of view, flying an FPV drone is like having a virtual presence enabled wherever the device can go, sometimes and quite often in ways and spaces that humans could not physically access safely, making this device perfect not only for recreational purposes but also for professional applications.

In this article, we will go over the many uses for this device as well as what an FPV drone comprises. If you are trying to build your own FPV drone, do keep in mind that some of the best options for each of the components to be mentioned ahead can be found at Horusrc’s online shop! You will not be disappointed with our quality!

Uses for FPV drones

FPV drones are capable of flying in environments that are unsafe for humans, making them helpful for search and rescue operations. Since they can be controlled remotely, FPV drones eliminate much of the need for an operative’s physical present when trying to locate people in hazardous situations. In the same way, drones can be used to inspect physical infrastructures that are hard to access, such as bridges and tall buildings.

In agricultural technology, an FPV drone can be put to a similar use as it allows a farmer to survey crops and livestock much more quickly than is possible with ground-based inspection and much more closely than is possible from a plane.

Drone-based inspection can aid in precision agriculture, which is an application of information technology that seeks to ensure that the crops and soil dealt exactly what they need to reach ideal health and productivity, while also optimizing the use of resources. A drone can also be equipped with sensors to capture environmental data for more sophisticated analysis.

Commercial drones are commonly used for photography by amateurs and professionals alike. Drone photography allows the capture of images and audio/video content that might not be possible otherwise. Many aerial shots of beautiful landscapes and scenarios, some of which you have probably already seen, were actually taken by FPV drones.

Furthermore, commercial FPV drones also have applications such as security surveillance and employee monitoring within enterprises and other types of industries.

And last but not least, as mentioned before, FPV drone racing is quite the passion for many hobbyists from the RC world. And who can blame them? The feeling you get when you are immersed in the first-person-view flight experience is just so close to the excitement that we all have when flying for real!

What makes up an FPV drone?

An FPV racing drone is typically made of:

  • A frame, which is the part that gives the drone its main structure. Every other component is supposed to be attached to it.
  • 4 Motors.
  • 4 Propellers, which will give thrust to the drone.
  • 4 individual Electronic Speed Controllers (or a 4-in-1 ESC). This component is responsible for controlling and accelerating the motors.
  • A Fight Controller (FC), responsible for understanding everything that is happening with the drone, receiving commands from the pilot, and sending those commands to the ESC.
  • An FPV camera, which captures videos and/or still images of the environment where the drone flies.
  • A Video Transmitter (VTX) with an antenna, responsible for sending the image feed to the pilot’s display device.
  • A Receiver (RX). FPV drones may be programmed to fly autonomously - through software-controlled flight-plans, accessing data from on-board sensors and GPS - or may be remotely controlled. For the latter, which is the most common case, an RX will be necessary to receive the commands from the pilot.
  • A battery, to power all these electrical components.

Here we had an overlook on what FPV racing drones generally have but, just as with any technology, users can either build and customize the drone themselves or buy ready-made commercial drones (there are many options to choose from in the market, so do go check out our store).

In addition to these components, a pilot also needs a Radio Transmitter, to send all of his commands, and FPV goggles, to actually put the FPV camera to use.