Help reviewing/improving list of parts for a DIY Pi Drone project


Hi all

I want to build a raspy hexacopter with a payload capacity of around 4-5~ pounds.
honestly, I’m a complete noob with drone hardware and could use some direction, I’ve created a list with potential models for each part after researching for a week and using Google and GPT4.
will appreciate any guidance.

  1. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

  2. Camera Module with a wide-angle lens:

  • Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2
  • Arducam 5 MP OV5647 Camera Module with M12 Lens
  • Waveshare Raspberry Pi Camera Module (F)
  1. Flight Controller:
  • Navio2 Autopilot HAT for Raspberry Pi
  • CUAV Pixhack V3 Autopilot Flight Controller
  • Holybro Pixhawk 4 Mini Autopilot Flight Controller
  1. Hexacopter Frame:
  • Tarot 690S
  • DJI F550 Hexacopter Frame
  • HMF S550 Hexacopter Frame
  1. Battery:
  • Tattu 4S 5200mAh 14.8V LiPo Battery (XT60 connector)
  • HRB 4S 5000mAh 14.8V LiPo Battery (XT60 connector)
  • Turnigy 4S 5000mAh 14.8V LiPo Battery (XT60 connector)
  1. Motors:
  • T-Motor MN3110 700KV
  • SunnySky X2212 KV980 Brushless Motor
  • EMAX MT2213 935KV Brushless Motor
  1. ESCs:
  • Hobbywing XRotor 40A
  • T-Motor FLAME 35A ESC
  • EMAX BLHeli Series 30A ESC
  1. Propellers:
  • Tarot 1355 Carbon Fiber Propellers (for MN3110 700KV)
  • Gemfan 1045 Nylon Propellers (for SunnySky X2212 KV980)
  • HQProp 10x4.5 CCW and CW Propellers (for EMAX MT2213 935KV)
  1. GPS & Compass Module:
  • U-blox NEO-M8N GPS Module with Compass
  • Beitian BN-880 GPS Module with Compass
  • Holybro Micro M8N GPS Module with Compass
  1. IMU:
  • MPU-9250 (compatible with Navio2)
  • MPU-6050 (compatible with CUAV Pixhack V3 and Holybro Pixhawk 4 Mini)
  • LSM9DS1 (compatible with CUAV Pixhack V3 and Holybro Pixhawk 4 Mini)
  1. Radio Controller and Receiver:
  • FrSky Taranis X9D Plus SE 2019 & X8R Receiver
  • Spektrum DX6e & AR610 Receiver
  • Flysky FS-i6X & FS-iA6B Receiver
  1. Ultrasonic sensors:
  • HC-SR04
  • Parallax Ping))) Ultrasonic Sensor
  • MaxBotix LV-MaxSonar-EZ1 MB1010
  1. Telemetry Radio:
  • Holybro 915MHz Telemetry Radio
  • RFD900x Long Range Telemetry Radio
  • 3DR Radio Telemetry


If you’re a “complete noob” I recommend first building a dojo kit and crashing that a bit before moving up to a more expensive hexacopter.
Deciding what components you need depends on your mission. Why do you need a 5 lb payload? Do you want to move objects? 5000 mAh batteries are not going to give much range or/and duration. And you might need to move up to a1000mm frame.
You might also consider learning more about multirotor design. A good tool is eCalc.


This is a PoC I’m working on, so actually this is the small one. also, I need it for short sessions so I think the battery will suffice.


Most of those products seem ok, but would add mRo and Benewake products to the list.
Depending on your budget, I prefer Holybro.
I have FrSky Taranis, but considering a switch to RadioMaster with ACCST.

I ran preliminary calcs for Tarot 690, SunnySky and 4.8kg AUW and was surprised to see it got 3 min and up to 800 m range.