How Ukrainian volunteers assemble FPV drones at home
The Victory Drones team has created an accessible course for assembling drones that requires no prior experience. Anna Kosinova, a volunteer and FPV operations manager, explains how to get the components
She spoke about this on Espreso TV.
"The fourth group is already undergoing training and, accordingly, over 200 drones have already been provided to the military for testing and will be used in their operations," the volunteer explained.
According to Anna, the Victory Drones team has created a course for people who have no experience with a soldering iron or engineering education. They fill out an application, attend an introductory offline lecture, and subsequently receive components for assembling FPV drones. The first drone costs approximately UAH 20,000, with UAH 15,000 allocated for the drone itself (including a battery) and UAH 5,000 for the equipment.
"People either have the money or raise it from their friends or on social media among their followers and then report back. I would like to note that one third of our participants are the military themselves. As we know, the military often have to modify what they receive on their own, so they want to improve their skills," emphasized Kosinova.
The FPV operations manager at Victory Drones mentioned that all the components for assembling the copter undergo thorough checks. Additionally, there is an online manual available, and individuals have the opportunity to consult with specialists for guidance.
"The assembly of the first drone might take some time as the components are still being sourced from China, unfortunately. The local production setup is underway but progressing at a rather slow pace. Then the participant can assemble the drone. We emphasize at every lesson that each drone must first be tested, and this is a separate procedure," she added.
On January 13, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov called on Ukrainians to assemble FPV drones at home. During the course, those interested will have access to online lectures, a list of components and necessary tools and materials to be purchased, as well as access to a community of engineers to consult and ask questions.