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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 David Pawlak on November 12, 2013 at 7:05am

I am receiving my X8 today, and I  need to know how to piece together the information I need.

Latest stable version, modes of operation, troubleshooting etc. I have a PixHawk, I suppose modes of operation are similar, channel asignments etc.

Comment by Neuro on November 7, 2013 at 2:20pm

How do I make my apm 2.5 quad a bit more responsive in stabilize mode? its a little sluggish kinda slow, I want a little faster foreword flight.also is it normal for the quad copter too loose a lot of altitude during foreword flight? whats a good takeoff weight for a dji 450 clone? running a Zippy 4500 may compact lipo , takeoff weight is at 1245g

Comment by TheMightyThor on November 5, 2013 at 4:10pm

Hello All, i am looking for more details on Scripting Missions in Mission Planner and Andropilot, can anyone point me in the right direction for the specifics on python for Mission planner? thanks in advance

Comment by Alan Jump on November 4, 2013 at 8:19am

Marc, if you're completely new to flying quadrotors, I'd strongly suggest you start by learning to fly one of the small ready-to-fly aircraft on the market, e.g. Traxxas QR1 or similar. Multirotors are typically more stable than conventional helicopters, but "more stable" doesn't mean "flies hands-off out of the box", and you'll spend quite a bit of time bouncing off things (and replacing props) until you learn how to hold a stable hover, how to determine aircraft orientation, and so forth. It's cheap insurance, and prop strikes from one of those hurt a great deal less than prop strikes from a 450mm quad.

Comment by Bob Kirkpatrick on November 4, 2013 at 2:28am

+Marc Baptista, if you're totally new to multirotors, you may want to learn by starting with a ready to fly system and branching from there. For the initiated, a build is not all that challenging, it's a matter of combining components you already understand and know what to expect from to achieve the characteristics you want. (maneuverability, duration, heavy lift, ultra stability, autonomous flight, whatever.) To that end, I highly recommend a 3D Robotics product like their Y6 or Quad. They use the APM flight control system and you will learn TONS of things just going through the various calibrations and learning about Mission Planner, the core of programming and adjustment of the APM flight system. Rolling your own can be cheaper, but not by much, really, unless you have solid knowledge of the hobby. This is just my opinion, others may disagree. But diversity is one of the cool aspects of DIY Drones --lots of perspectives, but all supportive and success oriented. By the way, it costs nothing to go through the APM documentation. It's an excellent learning tool in addition to explaining the APM functions. Click Here.

Comment by Marc Baptista on November 3, 2013 at 10:20pm

Colour me completely new. I'm very keen however, and absolutely, intensely want to get into building my first quad drone. Can anyone show me where to start. Easy with simple parts and considering this will be my first build, a step-by-step instruction. Appreciate that and thanks in advance... I must add that I am a bit intimidated by all the acronyms, parts, and a basic understanding of the components.. Willing to read-up and learn if necessary. I'd rather just jump in.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on November 2, 2013 at 10:38pm

@Neuro, Sad to hear!  Keep your chin up and learn from it.  That's about the only thing you can do. :) Smile! 

Comment by Neuro on November 2, 2013 at 10:25pm

first crash tonight........that sucked broke arm and a landing strut.... 

Comment by valentin colon on November 1, 2013 at 5:27am

it dosnt' connect to the quad xbee , work but works great on my laptop

Comment by valentin colon on November 1, 2013 at 5:26am

I have installed the droidplanner on ma G-top table device

 
 
 

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