I am planning to build an octocopter for aerial photography. So far I plan to use Carbon Core's octo1000 frame and the mega radius camera mount. I have been skimming forums and following leads for information to achieve my goal. I am not an engineer or electronics guru but i am persistent and love to learn. I am mechanically inclined and have a fixed wing pilots license, hopefully these backgrounds will serve me in this adventure. I hope to document my build and all of my research and design for others to learn from.
I welcome any and all input. I know i will fail, probably more than once, but maybe you can help me avoid some of the novice mistakes someone in my position may encounter. I will also probably come across as ignorant to some of you. Please understand I am trying to learn.
My goal is to create the smoothest, most reliable professional aerial photo/video platform available. I would also like to incorporate ardupilot for gps hold and waypoint navigation including FPV for consistent shots and angles. As well as the "follow me" feature and possibly the "terrain hug" sonar feature. Im sure this description will evolve as the project progresses.
Thanks in advance for your input,
Hi Barton. What camera are you going to use?
Initially my cousins 7D. Eventually (hopefully) red epic or similar.
Im not sure if you found this blog, but perhaps it might help:
Check out blog posts 1-14.
thanks nice octo. i liked the voice of reason, "dont get too brave" haha. so true.
Thank You for all the interest and I hope I have been able to answer as many of your questions as possible.
More information will come as I find out but it all takes time sorry.
I would recommend that you get the multicopter flying first and get it all setup and tuned, then add the camera mount, and then the camera.
A bit like a scale helicopter - get the basics flying first before adding the expensive body!
Thank you Cameron, you have been very helpful. I definitely plan to do some test flying before strapping up any pricey camera gear. Looking forward to putting your design to work.
Thanks for the link. Looks like you got that octo flying nicely. Good to hear that arducopter is working for you. So far I have heard it can take some time to perfect, (especially considering my nonexistant programming skills). I will keep an eye on the steadidrone website. Where are you located?
Ok so.... The latest is trying to decide what flight controller to use if i dont use ardupilot. At this point I am actually leaning towards taking the plunge into arducopter. At first the sound of an out of the box setup such as the DJI WKM sounded nice. But i dont like to do things the "easy way" or sometimes even the "right" way. Also i think once i get the ardupilot tuned i will end up being happier with it's versatility.
As far as motors I have been recommended AXi 2826/12 motors with hobbywing ESC's.
I was also wondering how power is distributed to everything aside from the motors. I assume the flight controller and various sensors all need power.
Any input on these or any other part of my project would be greatly appreciated.
Collected and sorted a few carbon parts this morning. :)
Good! get to work so I can start breaking things. Ordering APM tomorrow. Sorry i dont do the facecrack anymore. Deleted my account when they removed occupy wall street pics from my wall.