I don't know how I missed the Forums right beside Blog, but anyway, this is a re-post in the propper place, almost.
This question more or less belongs in every category in the book, but I guess I will present it here. I wan't to build my dad an autonomous plane which features high quality video (none of the shaky ugly stuff you see on youtube because this isn't for fun, this is serious use. It is going to be a large gas plane with a fairly large engine. It may use an engine to run a generator which then power an electric motor, but probably not. It will need to be able to fly to a location (field) then it will just circle over it while my dad uses either a joystick and a TV or the head tracking goggles to look around the field and find what he needs. The camera needs to have pretty good zoom so he can pretty much fill the whole screen with one cow, and it needs to be good quality optical zoom, and it needs to zoom out too. The plane will also need to be able to move to a new circling location with a simple click on a map, or entering of coordinates. It would also be wonderful if it could land itself either using recorded data of a manual landing, or using complex software and stuff. It would also be good if it could calculate distance to home and then using the amount of fuel left decide the point of no return and make it unreachable.
Recap: I need high quality, long zoom, live video, fuel monitoring, autopilot, antennas, amplifiers, and other stuff I don't know about.
A list of specific parts with links would be awesome guys, thanks in advance.
Any ideas for the most stable, easy to control, easy to land, and smoothest plane shape. It would also be good if it had a large payload area for equipment and fuel. It also needs to be able to handle 10-20 mph sudden gusts.
or just get a gopro hd camera then hook it up with a wireless transmitter then you get viewing this is better move compared to an ip cam since this is low latency no data packet to convert to wifi
Would an HD webcam work, or would I need to look a little better than webcams
Well put the camera on the end of a set of cheap binoculars and then use servos to move it about, easy!
I think before you go too far, you need to buy a Blixer with no autopilot and teach yourself to fly it first.
Yeah, webcams are a bit low-grade in my opinion. I have some interest in the FCO III http://flycamone.com/
but am looking for a way to extend the range between the camera transmitter and receiver. I have seen better than its 28 fps too.
I am trying to find either an HD USB 3.0 webcam, or a firewire one, but I can't find a lightweight high-speed laptop that weighs so little. I may have to build my own computer from scratch or something.
mini itx from newegg or pico itx
Yea, I love getting a chance to build a computer, I have done two already.
definately! You should see the one that will be flying my planes! Full server rack dedicated to them! I am looking to hardmount that into a shed with a 50 ft radio antenna and control them from laptops on the network. Computer payload sould be able to carry out more complex weather/tracking/signal detection/ walkie talkie retransmit functions.
how would you power those in flight? lets just wait for the raspberry pi to get hacked for this thing :) since it will be just powered thru usb which is 5v i guess
Try a ScanEagle or an Arcturus T-16. Your system requirements are commercial grade, you will need a commercial solution.
I think we can build commercial grade things. Aren't we doing this to improve constantly? I think necessity is the mother or all invention. You can buy anything, but what is the pride in that? They have the same computers and systems that we can come up with...With that said, I will take your advice and look these up. I am familiar with the scan eagle and it is very impressive. The fact that I have managed many of the "commercial grade" options is the reason why i think we can do what they can if we work together.
The scaneagle started out as a model aircraft.