Okay I have read the getting started guide, and ArduCopter section along with many other sites with information regarding Quadcopters UAV. After researching the AR Parrot Drone, I have concluded to scrub that project entirely and start a completely new system however need a few things cleared up.
Here is my final objective:
I would like to keep the entire project under a grand if it is all possible.
So I am completely lost as to what exactly I need in order to meet my final objective guidelines.
I know I need a Shell, motors electronics, ArduPilot, and sometype of RX/T system.
Any help to get me in the right direction would be much appreciated and I do thank you all for you time!
Just to add some additional information....
The recon missions will be conducted woodland and urban missions. The only realistic time we will see the UAV is during takeoff and landing, however, I believe we could have it programmed to do so with ArduPilot.
I was looking into using the Aerial Video System 2.4GHz 1000mW which can be found here: http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPat.... If there is a better camera system by all mean please let me know.
This might give you an idea how its done:
I'll be totally honest with you.
Everything you want to do is possible, except for the 30 minute duration, and keeping it under a grand.
With the basic Arducopter kit, and all the crap you need for a camera/FPV, and a 3S 2650mah battery, you're looking at probably 6-8 minutes.
Keep reading, get the basic equipment, and start experimenting.
After searching some more, get the impression that 15 minute is probably tops for the flight time. I guess that is what I will have to work with.
Going back to the Arducopter kit, what upgrades do I need to make it possible for the quad to communicate with a laptop. Is that where the Telemetry comes into play. If so then I need the Full Two way Telemetry correct?
And one more last question. Is it possible (keeping in mind the payload) to add an additional battery that will power the camera instead of using the quat bat. to help prolong flight time?
Thanks for everyone's help and the tilt/camera option looks amazing and hopefully we can somehow add that to the quad.