I've been reading these forums and the wiki for a couple weeks now and decided to introduce myself. So I’m an ex electrician and am currently a systems and network engineer. I have a pretty good grasp on computers and electrical stuff. I am, however, a complete newbie to the world of RC planes and especially to UAV RC planes. I have a couple nitro powered RC trucks though so do have some experience with general RC concepts.
So obviously I want to get into this cool new world of drones. So far I have ordered the following:
Some carbon tubes for wing reinforcement
2200 mah 3S batteries and charger
Turnigy 9x radio
FrSky module for the 9x
Parkeflyer 9x kit to install er9x
800mw 1.3ghz video system
The plan is to learn how to fly the Bixler without the APM, try some FPV, and then move on to installing the APM with all the add-ons (telemetry, air speed, etc). So that’s the plan for the next couple of month. Any suggestions/concerns/advice with this plan?
The interesting part is what I want to do next… I do a lot of off-roading and would like to build something like the X8 or another airframe that can stay in the air for 2+ hours. The goal would be to have the UAV scout ahead of us and/or circle us with the camera (mounted on a pan tilt) locked on the ground station to get some cool aerial shots of the trucks going over rocks, mud pits, etc. The ground station would be a laptop mounted in my truck so it would obviously be mobile. So the first question is: Can I plug a gps into the laptop and have the plane track a moving ground station and/or circle a certain distance in front of a moving ground station? I know the new MyFlyDream antenna tracker/GS software can do this. Also, can the camera be set to stay locked on the GS or a point on a map?
I have a lot more questions but I will stop here for now.
If anyone with more experience in this then myself lives in or around NYC I would love to buy you a beer and pick your brains a little.
Thanks Richard, just to clarify your point about tracking the current position. Does this work with a moving ground station as well ?
Interesting, thanks. Weird that this flight mode is not listed in any ArduPlane docs or on the wiki. Guess I'll just have to play with it once I have the APM setup.
Thanks Waz, I've seen this video and am planning on following the advice.