Greetings, I've been doing AP with Easy Star planes for five years and am now planning on moving up to UAV equipment. I've just spent three hours on this site am so impressed not only with the site structure and operation but the content and the membership. I've been on RC Groups AP forums and others for years. Enough intro:
For one who is strong on flying, plane mechanics and general RC equipment but weak on of software and associated electronics I should just buy an ARF plane and concentrate on the mission planning, and set-up with Specktrum Tx and Mac interface. Once I have 10+ hours of successful missions I can move to adding the camera equipment and deal with the added weight and trim issues. Then with 10+ hours of successful AP I can consider the necessity of telemetry. Is this a reasonable plan, suggestions please? Thanks — Jerry
I believe you just need to have VM ware or parallels running windows on your mac to run Mission planner. Your plane mods are very cool. :) Would love to see video of it landing!!
Here's a link to a recent flight where I had the vid running and edited it down to a short zip around the bay and an onboard landing shot.
Aerial Photography site:
I have avoided running Windows on my Mac but I suppose I'm going to have to make the leap. I take it most of this group are software engineers or at least youngish geeks who can handle code work. I don't or won't. Old dogs choose which new tricks to attempt.
So, my feed back is to go into telemetry as a first step. So, at the risk of really showing my ignorance, what exactly does that entail. I can upgrade to a Spektrum DX8 and get the telemetry gear and my batt voltage, temp, RPM, and signal strength will appear on my Tx screen. That's cool but so what. Am I being encouraged to get a different TX with sensors for speed, altitude, range and location where the data will appear on a PC laptop I need to get specifically for this use?
I really appreciate your contact.
Yeah. I hear ya. I have had both of them running before, makes make mac work to hard. Maybe getting a small netbook or cheap laptop just for the hobby.
So, my feed back is to go into telemetry as a first step. So, at the risk of really showing my ignorance, what exactly does that entail. I can upgrade to a Spektrum DX8 and get the telemetry gear and my batt voltage, temp, RPM, and signal strength will appear on my Tx screen. That's cool but so what. Am I being encouraged to get a different TX with sensors for speed, altitude, range and location where the data will appear on a PC laptop I need to get specifically for this use? I'm looking for a starting place.
I really appreciate your contact.
The Spektrum telemetry kit won't do you much good, since it doesn't work with APM. You should get the new 3DR Telemetry kit, which will connect to a laptop and give you full autopilot control as well as full aircraft and autopilot status.
Roger that, I'm thinking of getting a used PC laptop rather than getting bogged down in the dual Mac/Windows interface.
Im a Mac guy, my primary computer is an iMac but for my UAV I use a $400 MSI Windows laptop. That being said, Boot Camp on Mac works very well, its easy to use, and if you already have a Mac laptop its definitely cheaper to buy a copy of Windows than to buy a new computer.
My old iBook just died and I was thinking of replacing it with an iPad since I use it for mobil commo mostly. So getting an MSI laptop for this function seems like a good move. I'm upgrading my G4 mini to a 2010 duo which I could make field ready with a small portable monitor if need be. Thanks John.
question. I have mac book pro and have wanted to load up bootcamp but am scared about the partitioning part. Is it safe to do after the fact or is bootcamp best to get going on a clean install of osx.
Its been a while since i've partitioned a drive but it usually requires a clean drive to create the partitions, than load up the separate sections as if they were different drives. The desktop will appear to have separate drive icons and they can be dismounted as separate drives. Currently, your data is scattered across the entire disc and partitioning should not be possible.
Boot Camp allows you to partition without losing any existing data. I did mine a year after I originaly bought my iMac.
Ah, yet another reminder of how out of date I am. Good catch, John.