The original Mikrokopter (MK) was designed and built in Germany in
2006 by Holger Buss and Ingo Busker. The two continue to
develop and add functionally to this great little flying machine. The system is used by aerial photographers,
universities, and other entities that need a low altitude “eye in the sky”. It
is also becoming very popular among RC enthusiasts. There seems to be an entire
aviation field building up around this interesting looking multi-rotor
aircraft. As the capabilities become greater, you
can expect to see more and interesting in the field.
The Mikrokopter is a very powerful and stable camera platform that can
easily carry the weight of a camera and other electronics. The MK comes in
several versions, quad (four motors), Hexakopter (six motors) and Oktokopter with eight motors.
There are also variants of each model including the XL versions designed
with heavier lifting capabilities.
However, the basic operation is the same and that is what I think will
be helpful in understanding the basic concept of operating any of the MK.
The MK also has a large array of
components, all of which perform critical function.
various systems include:
The following pages in this section will review these systems.