Drone Mentorship Camp Launched

The camp in Toronto, Canada, is designed for people who do not have any formal education or experience in aviation and aerospace with participants learning through practical exercises and simulation workshops By Joe Macey / 18 Dec 2023
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Canada Drone Aerospace Centre has organized a drone mentorship camp in Toronto, Canada, taking place from 5-10 February, 2024.  

The camp is designed for people who do not have any formal education or experience in aeronautics, aviation, aerospace, engineering, designing, or building drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). 

Participants will learn through practical exercises and simulation workshops, designing and prototyping VTOL and fixed-wing drone projects for businesses such as security and surveillance, delivery, defense, agriculture, mapping and surveying drones, and drones operating in harsh and difficult environments for data gathering. 

The ideal participants for the event are government employees and corporate staff working on drone projects, prototyping technicians and designers, early stage startups, founders, entrepreneurs, engineers, operation managers, project owners, law enforcements, drone pilots and beginners.

Communication systems

The attendees will learn about short and long-range P2P data and video link communications between ground control stations and drones, including 4G/5G communications systems. In addition, radio frequency propagation methods for transmission and reception of various aviation communication and data link systems will also be covered.

Ground Control Station

In this session, attendees will about learn different types of open-source ground stations available, the best option to choose from and how to use them. The attendees will learn how to build a ground station whether a cloud-based station or a smartphone application like DJI. They will learn about various types of communication systems and how to decode them.

Drone firmware and software

This course includes autonomous and AI-based mission planning systems for the urban, forest, and mountain areas and regeneration of the environment with point cloud data. Software development will also include an obstacle avoidance system, precision landing system for indoor and outdoor applications, simultaneous localization, and mapping for indoor and outdoor applications.

Debugging and simulation

Like any other software on the market, there is a lot of debugging and testing involved with drone software applications. Before taking out the drone for the first test flight, the hardware and software operations are tested in a simulation environment. Simulation involves basic flight tests and sensors to enable completely autonomous obstacle avoidance and precision landing.


Simple laboratory test equipment will be used such as digital multimeter, power supply, and soldering station. Advanced test equipment can be used for large projects such as oscilloscopes, signal/waveform generators, and spectrum analyzers.

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