Well I've only recently really got into UAV's but hoping to soon be giving it my first crack!
I've been drawing up a custom frame design in google Sketch up, which will be a Flying wing utilizing a KFm3 Airfoil built of blue core foam with balsa reinforcements (not sure what / if I should look into reinforcing or protecting the outside a bit as well as of yet) in total the wing span will be 80cm with the wings sweeping back at a 30 degree angle.
I'm estimating this will come in at a weight of 250 - 350g max with everything but the engine, battery, prop & RC Receiver.
I'm intending to base this UAV off the ArduPilot Mega /w Shield, a 50 Channel 4Hz update Helial GPS receiver, XBee Pro 900,Differential Pressure Sensor & a Triple Axis Magnometer.
For the Wing Flaps, I'm just thinking MicroServo's?
The parts that I have not figured out at all as of yet and am hoping some of the experienced users here may be able to pass some knowledge on is...
a. Motor, Battery & Prop set up - I'll be honest, I have little idea as to what I am doing here, so I am hoping someone will be able to help me out... given the specs of the plane I'm looking to design I'm hoping to find a set up that will allow me to have a total carrying weight of approx 1kg-1.5kg (camera equipment that will be loaded later) and will give me a flight time of 1 hour + if this is possible within this weight and size range?
b. RC Receiver - With the flight time I'm trying to achieve, I'd definitely like to try and get something that's going to let me go at least up to the 1km range if not outside of this...What would be the best option for me to go to achieve this kind of range?
Regarding the RC Receiver I do also have one very noob question as I'm still trying to understand much about these UAV's.. - Does Xbee or does the RC receiver determine how far the drone can go before going rogue? - is the RC Receiver purely for manual control or is this for everything and works in conjunction with Xbee?
Well that's it for now.. I think.. but look forward to hearing back from people and hopefully getting some advice =)