# diy drone w/ carrying capacity of 7lbs? [closed]

I want to build a drone that can carry around 7lbs. Is it possible to make a drone that can carry that much weight using electric motors without it being over /$500? • How can I know "Moderately Expensive" ? give certain limits May 27, 2016 at 9:42 • What is "ridiculously expensive" to you? Would you pay \$1k for such a drone? \$10k? \$100k? With regard to the second question, how much experience do you have designing drones? May 27, 2016 at 11:25
• "moderately expensive" is too vague. Is it under $10000? or$1000? $10000000? May 27, 2016 at 12:57 • @DLS3141: Note that you need to put a backslash in front of a dollar sign (\$) if you want to avoid invoking MathJax. May 28, 2016 at 20:48
• Is my question alright then or do I need to delete it? May 29, 2016 at 2:47

You wanna carry roughly 3.5 kg. Let's make the drone with payload 10kg heavy. For a quad rotor, with TWR of 2, I can get the 4 motors for 1200\$(public price from T-motor U8 Pro), I don't know the price of the propellers, let's say 400\$. The whole makes 1kg. Adding 3 kg for the frame (I roughly scale down from a 25kg drone) and 2500\$(here, I have no idea how much it would cost), we've got 2.5kg for Lithium Cells, it's roughly a 10Ah 12S battery, for 500\$. We may add 200\$for electronics and sensors (and roughly no weight). You've got your drone for less than 5000\$, flying 20 minutes. It excludes the cost of the time you'll spend in development, and also the cost of the prototypes you'll need to correct the approximations I made, unless you accept performances far from this first approximation.