What is Auto Orientation on a Drone?

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Automatic orientation is a control process system that drones apply. The system allows a drone to work independently under the user’s control. Electronic hardware components activate the auto-orientation system that processes information and prepare the user interface. These components are the central processor unit, memory, and random access memory.

Auto-orientation only works if there is an active power supply. Once the user activates the drone’s power supply, the automatic orientation system starts re-orienting the user’s interface. If the control interface is ready, the user can start commanding the drone. An example is launching the drone above the ground and starts exploring the environment.

Auto Orientation Component:

clip_image0021. Central Processing Unit (CPU): This is the drone’s brain that processes the auto orientation system. This electrical component is a touchable hardware installed to the motherboard. The CPU activates automatic orientation to process and acquire information.


clip_image0042. Memory: This is a small touchable electronic hardware component installed to the motherboard. The memory’s function is for storing and sharing information. This electronic hardware stores image or video taken by the drone’s camera lens.

clip_image0063. Mother Board: The motherboard is a tangible Printed Circuit Board (PCB) found inside the drone. It holds most electronic hardware components such as the memory and CPU hardware. The motherboard connects electronic components together to activate the auto orientation’s processing system.

clip_image0084. External Memory: This is a removable extra memory component attachable to the drone’s Universal Serial Bus (USB) port. The external memory provides alternative memory storage if the primary memory storage is already full. An example is the USB flash drive.


Automatic Orientation Importance:

· Automatic orientation needs power supply availability. Auto-orientation on drones cannot operate without a power supply.

· Activates the control system to easily navigate drone’s features. Auto-orientation powers the processing unit to re-orient the user interface.

· Drones function’s independently after following a certain command. Auto-orientation allows the user to command a simple task to a drone. An example, the controller uses the launch gear to let the drone fly above the ground.

· Automatic orientation improves data processing accuracy. The system organizes the functions of the processor and memory while sharing and processing information.

· Establishing an effective communication between the drone and the controller. Automatic orientation processes information to execute a specific task.

· Detecting errors is an important function for the automatic orientation on a drone. The system warns the user to fix any detected problems before it affects the processing system.

· Automatic orientation regularly updates the current status to the user right after the drone is activated. An example is updating on the drone’s current battery capacity in percentage.

Pros and Cons of Auto Orientation:


1. Automatic Response: As the auto-orientation is activated the system immediately prepares the user interface. The automatic orientation system creates a program to accomplish the user’s command. An example, the user orders the automatic orientation system to fly the drone vertically from the ground to the atmosphere.

2. Programmed Memory: Automatic orientation always store data to the memory using an analog algorithm system. The auto-orientation processes image, video, or media clip automatically in the memory’s storage.

3. Communication: The automatic response system acts as a connector between the processing unit, memory, and other electrical hardware components. The system uses an analog algorithm to store, process and manipulate data.

4. Organize Tasks: Automatic orientation organizes each function of the drone. The system controls all data in the memory and processes a command through the CPU.

5. Notification: Automatic orientation immediately notifies the user if there are changes detected in the system. As an example, the system notifies the user that the drone is ready to record a new video clip.


1. Power Supply Dependent: Auto-orientation only depends on an active power supply. If the user forgot to charge the drone’s battery, the auto-orientation fails to function.

2. Constant Software Update: The auto-orientation system needs a constant software update. The automatic-orientation system’s functionality becomes obsolete if the user fails to schedule the software for an update.

3. Hacking: Auto-orientation is connected to a local access network. There are anonymous users who are capable of penetrating the control systems of drones. Hackers can always decode any drone’s algorithm to overrun the device.

4. Power Outages: Automatic orientation experiences system error when the power supply is frequently interrupted. Power outages stops the processing system of automatic orientation.

5. Expose Confidential Information: Automatic orientation risks the privacy of data kept in the memory. If the drone is connected to an active social media account, third parties can manipulate the system to steal and exploit confidential information.