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Quadcopters are categorized as rotorcraft, as opposed to fixed-wing aircraft, because their lift is generated by a pair of rotors (vertically oriented propellers).

Quadcopters normally use two pairs of identical fixed pitched propellers; two clockwise (CW) and two counterclockwise (CCW). These use an independent variation of the rate of each rotor to attain control. By changing the speed of each rotor, it’s possible to accurately generate a desired full thrust; to find to your center of thrust both laterally and longitudinally; and also to make a desired complete torque, or turning force.

Quadcopters differ from conventional helicopters, which utilize rotors that are able to vary the pitch of their blades dynamically as they move around the rotor hub. In the early days of flight, quadcopters (subsequently referred to as’quadrotors’ or’helicopters’) have been seen as possible solutions to a number of the persistent problems in vertical flight. Counter-rotation can eliminate Torque-induced control problems (in addition to efficiency issues originating from the tail rotor, which generates no helpful elevator ), and the comparatively short blades are much simpler to build. Quite a few manned designs appeared in the 1920s and 1930s. These vehicles were among the very first successful heavier-than-air vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles. But, ancient prototypes suffered from poor performance, and later prototypes required an excessive amount of pilot workload, as a result of poor stability augmentation[4] and limited control authority.

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