This is my target goal for my drone, though I'll be starting little by little,from ground tests, rc flying, rc flying with components, then autonomous flying.
My Drone will be my final year project as a computer engineering student. This will also be my hands-on practice for my newfound interest that'll soon be my hobby. I'll try to do more research, contact more people, and do some practice in RC Flying first. These are the capabilities targeted.
Surveillance - 2 cameras, 1 GoPro Hero HD 1 HorizonHD + 2 mini cameras
Multiple Control - RC transmitter with LRS, Android App, Computer (joystick, gamepad, or keyboard), SMS
Different Transmission - RF, Telemetry, GSM, 3G (not yet sure, but just optional because of time constraint)
Long Range - Target Range(AV & Control) is 5km but will be building drone with range of up to 20km (depending on development process)
Drone- obviously it is a drone, so autonomous flying, or manual flying with help from APM2
Parachute/Load Drop - This will be one of the feature of the drone, though I'll be conducting tests and research as to how this capability will be added to my plane model. This will just be servo-controlled, but the process of releasing the load is still in question (Guys, I need your ideas/help here)
This is my target setup:
This are already purchased:
X8 Black Flyingwing <-- best for weight capacity and smooth flying (based on reviews), no gears and servo yet because the combo pack is sold out
Video + TX/RX
3-Channel Mini Video Switcher <--so i can easily switch camera
Video Transmitter + Receiver <-- for long range video
Nano-camera cam 5 grams <-- camera 1, will be FPV_a camera (Backup for HorizonHD, though almost useless)
Nano-color Cam 1 gram<-- camera 2, will be placed at the bottom (could be the 10x zoom camera but too expensive)
Other parts not yet purchased but will soon be purchased:
ArduPilot Mega 2 + 3DR GPS LEA-6
Patch Antenna for Video RX (Should I rather choose cloverleaf antenna? reviews for solid video link are all over the internet)
Patch Antenna for RC TX
HorizonHD HD Camera
3DR RadioTelemetry Kit-915 Mhz (cheaper than RFD900 but range is not yet specified)
RFD900 Long Range Telemetry (Same with 3DR but with longer range)
Solar Panel?(Will be considered once UAV is fully operational)
Joystick for Telemetry Control(Will not tackle this until fully capable and knowledgeable on RC/UAV Flying)
Needed, but still choosing:
X8 Motor and Servo (BEVRC stock sold-out, recommendations?)
RC Controller (Turnigy 9X currently preferred, Turnigy 2.4GHz TX + RX)
Module for RC Controller (might be Dragonlink or JR LRS)
Am I still missing something?
Any parts recommendations or help appreciated.
Any better build appreciated.
P.S.:I'll be doing the development step-by-step and master the basics before adding the several features.