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Calling All Custom Multi-Copter Pilots!

Started by Forrest Frantz. Last reply by Forrest Frantz yesterday. 10 Replies

I plan to do what is called a "pull" to made changes to the custom code regarding custom shaped copters.  This change in code would only impacts irregular shaped quads, hexas, and octas when the…Continue

solar panel with lipo battery pack

Started by yuvraj. Last reply by james sowell on Tuesday. 9 Replies

I have the solar panel plate the description follow belowMaximum power (PMAX)- 5WVoltage at maximum power (VMP) - 17VCurent at maximum power (IMP) - 0.8 AMPShort circuit current (ISC) - 1.3 AMPOpen…Continue

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Basic Python Scripting through Mission Planner

Started by Jaytanya Rajachandrasekar on Monday. 0 Replies

Hi Everyone,I am a beginner in UAV. I am trying to do a very basic navigation of a quadcopter like takeoff, hover and land, through Mission Planner using Python.I am having some difficulties on the…Continue

Building Copters with Round Tubes - Stronger, Lighter, Easier to Mount Motors than Square Tubes

Started by Forrest Frantz. Last reply by Jon Dec 13. 237 Replies

Round tubes offer the following pros:handle twist better than square tubes.  Thus for the strength, are far lighter.are more readily available (pipes, tubes, arrows, kite frames, golf clubs and…Continue

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Comment by Bob Kirkpatrick on December 23, 2013 at 12:27am

@Gunnar Baardsen  you have the right gimbal, that is the one I was talking about. I use mine with a Naza controller and the servos plug directly into the X channels and doesn't need an auxiliary gyro/IMU. he APM also permits this using any free channels for up to 3 axis control.(see http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/camera-mount/

If you decide on the Alware, I suggest that you replace the all plastic servos with ones with metal gears and ball bearing shaft. I am noting some lash from wear appearing. Lately I have been flying a Nikon Coolpix LX810 and I think its weight is wearing out the inexpensive servos that came with the Swing.

Comment by Gunnar Baardsen on December 22, 2013 at 9:19pm

@BobKirkpatrick

Is it this 2-axis gimbal you are referring to - http://www.alwarerc.com/shop/swing-2axis-camera-mount-p-67.html

I read from the specs that they recommend the use of a gyro stabilization. I was under the impression that such a stabilizing feature is built-in with the APM 2.5, hence it's not needed with any additional hardware to control this gimbal.

Or am I wrong here?? I have a 3DRobotics quad (under rebuilding to a hexa these days) that I want to equip with this gimbal with a Canon S100 PowerShot camera.


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on December 11, 2013 at 2:08pm

Lovely scenery! Now time for a stabilized gimbal;-) Embedding your video so others can enjoy:

Comment by Rob Avery on December 11, 2013 at 1:56pm

Using my APM 2.5 on a TBS Discovery w/ frsky 2.4 control, Immersion RC 600mw 5.8 and Fatshark Dominators, its taken a few months to get the bugs ironed out and flying (many crashes and about 3 vtx's), but it now flies nicely (though I'm a crappy pilot) thanks to this user group and many other fellow hobbyist. I am getting just over a klm of range with both video and control. Missions work great and loiter is finally stable.. see my quick video in Hawaii (apologies for the jello I have my gopro hardmounted in waterproof case for obvious reasons :)  http://youtu.be/tdV1w0lNKU0 any questions feel free to ask, and again thanks to everyone who helped me :)

Comment by Tom Gates on December 11, 2013 at 1:51pm

Ok, I emailed 3d robotics, they tell me approximately 1 mile, line of site, with FlySky transmitter.

Thanks John

Comment by Tom Gates on December 10, 2013 at 10:49am

Yeah, I understand that, would like to have some idea of range. 1 mile, 2, any idea, even on just line of site.

Comment by John McGrath on December 10, 2013 at 8:43am

@tomgates They are correct your mileage will vary depending on terrain.

Comment by Tom Gates on December 10, 2013 at 7:45am

FLYSKY TRANSMITTER

Anybody know what approximate range of the FlySky transmitter and receiver is with 3d robotics quad?

3d Robotics tells me the telemetry on board is good approximately a mile, more or less, given the terrain etc.

Tom Gates

Comment by mark on December 9, 2013 at 10:44am

Awesome new feature in ArduCopter 3.1. Thanks for the tutorial Randy!

Comment by William on December 5, 2013 at 5:28pm

Hey everyone.  Just got in a second quad power distribution board in today and want to turn my quad into quad-8 or Octoquad.

I purchsed a second pdb thinking I can use it to power the additional motors.  As I look at the quad and octoquad motors setup I see that the quad motors 1,2 are diagnal for the quad but are clockwise on the Octoquad top motors and 5 trhu 8 for the bottom motors clockwise.

Long story short does anybody have advice on using 2 quad PDB's to make an Octoquad?

 
 
 

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