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Sentinel Reference Drone Quickstart

Table of contents

  1. Overview
  2. Overview
    1. What’s in the Box
    2. Required Materials
  3. Sentinel Vehicle Components
    1. Overview
      1. Front
      2. Side
      3. Top
      4. Bottom
  4. Sentinel Power Supply and Battery
    1. Safety First!
    2. Battery Information
  5. Benchtop Power Supply


The User’s Guide walks through taking Sentinel out of the box and up into the air!

For technical details, see the datasheet.

WARNING: Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) are sophisticated, and can be dangerous. Please use caution when using this or any other drone. Do not fly in close proximity to people and wear proper eye protection. Obey local laws and regulations.


What’s in the Box


  • Sentinel Drone
  • 10” props
  • Two sets of Propellor ring adapters
  • 5G Modem or Microhard Modem or Wifi (Optional)


Required Materials

To follow this user guide, you’ll need the following:

  • Spektrum Transmitter
    • e.g. SPMR6655, SPM8000 or SPMR8000
    • Any Spektrum transmitter with DSMX/DSM2 compatibility will likely work
    • Buy Here
  • Power Supply or Battery with XT60 connector
    • e.g. Gens Ace 5000mAh, or any 3S battery with XT60 connector
    • Buy Battery Here
    • Buy Power Supply Here
  • Host computer with:
    • QGroundControl 3.5.6+
    • Ubuntu 18.04+
    • Wi-Fi
  • USB Type C Cable

Sentinel Vehicle Components


The following images give an overview of the vehicle components.


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Next Step: Power and Battery

Sentinel Power Supply and Battery

Safety First!

For setup and configuration of your Sentinel you must Remove the Propellers for safety.

Battery Information

Sentinel requires a Gens Ace 5000mAh, or any 3S battery with XT60 connector.

Buy Battery Here


To install a 3s battery, slide into the body as shown. There is a stop at the front of the vehicle that will prevent the battery from sliding too far forward. The battery should be pressed all the way in until it hits the stop for a consistent center of mass.


Power on Sentinel by connecting the battery to the XT60 connector.

Benchtop Power Supply

For desktop use, a 12VDC wall power supply can be used and is available here. This is convenient when doing development.