Hovering above or tracking a moving target, I have been playing with GPS tracking devices for the last 5 years and we are able to send a simple command to the tracker to retrieve its current position. Has anyone had any experience in being able to have a moving vehicle being tracked by a drone. I know I could send the drone to the last known GPS position but that could be up to 20 seconds position delay if it is moving. Can a transmitter or beacon sort of arrangement be fitted to a vehicle and the drone follow it ?
Also we are currently working on small "belt size" box that will have MCU, GPS, RadioModem and few buttons inside for doing same thing what we can do with Mission Planner. As we all know that it's not so convenient to carry laptop always with you :)
I would loove to hear how you all would like to use it and what other features you might would like to have on it.
Do you have any more info on it ?
apart from the absolute position, which we know will lag by a small amount, i think it is important to send as much data as possible along the lines of heading, ground speed, vertical speed (imagine tracking a mountain bike downhill). this could really help maintain fluid tracking of the target and avoid it getting out of frame in a sudden change of direction or a moment of sketchy gps lock.
also, this really has to tie in with camera gimbal control, there will be cases where inertia makes it impossible to track the target perfectly, being able to raise or lower the camera a few degrees would make all the difference to keeping it in frame.