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The Importance of Motor Direction

David Such
7 min readFeb 26, 2021

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In order to stop our drone spinning like a top, it is important that the four motors turn in a particular direction. As shown in figure 1, we want the motors to alternate spinning clock wise and counter clockwise. This arrangement causes the torque from the spinning motors to cancel out and the quad only yaws when we want it to.

Figure 1. Required Motor Directions for the Magpie Drone.

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David Such

Reefwing Software · Embedded Systems Engineer · iOS & AI Development · Robotics · Drones · Arduino · Raspberry Pi · Flight Control