Probably not a new idea, but something I'm thinking of tackling. I want to build a RC plane capable of flying a preset course and taking pictures along the route. Then fly back home. All under the cover of darkness. I then want to take the pictures and be able to get GPS coordinates on them to be able to see where deer are bedded down. I need ideas for a good IR camera, large flying platform (I think I wanna do a gas engine), and a way to be able to search each picture with GPS coordinates. basically I wanna be able to pinpoint down to a GPS coordinate the bedding areas in my hunt club........
Just a quick side note, certain late model Mercedes Benz vehicles are now fitted with a FLIR camera system, perhaps a reccy of you local wreckers might prove beneficial, these cameras use a standard video out and, if need be, can have an OSD integrated with the camera feed, if using resolvers/encosers on stepper motors to read out the pitch and yaw of the camera along with a decent GPS and a laser rangefinder (eg: Bosch Blue series make a handheld version) you could easily make a system which could geotag and rangefind any "hot-body" for hunting purposes...
Also the FLIR camera is lightish, and can be easily mounted on a camera gimbal.
We use these systems at my work for certain special projects.
Just my 2c.
Using the FLIR EVSX?
I found it kinda heavy for a quad, but they work great on HEXA's and I power them off the same 5 volt dc converter I use for everything else.
That's the one, quite small and relatively light weight and no need for heavy cooling for the thermal sensor.
Actually I stand corrected, the model that I have been using is the FLIR PathfindIR, it's about 400g and fits in your hand, runs off 12vdc at approx 2-6W.
That's the one, doubtful there would be much difference between the models. How do you find the image clarity due to the vibration induced by the frame of the hexa?
Not too much of a problem, I mounted it with Vibration dampeners, and built the standoff from UHM Polyethylene, so I think that helped... I am also using a video encoder that helps smooth the image a little..