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What laptop are you using with Mission Planner?

Started by DG. Last reply by Emin Bu 5 hours ago. 11 Replies

My laptop is dead; i5 HP 17". The family is tired of me borrowing theirs. After using Tower for the last several weeks and discovering "issues", I decided to go back to lugging around a laptop or…Continue

Test Stand Setup?

Started by Robert Giordano. Last reply by Darius Jack 14 hours ago. 44 Replies

I've put together a test stand for my 450 class quadcopter running APM 2.6/Arducopter 3.2. After a recent crash where my quad suddenly fell out of the sky, I want to run some tests on the stand,…Continue

APM negative altitude

Started by Antti Latva. Last reply by Antti Latva on Monday. 3 Replies

Like the title says i am getting negative altitudes trying to fly my APM 2.5 hexa. I admit it has taken a few hits in the past but the problem appeared suddenly after successfully flying it the day…Continue

Hexacopter does not fly like before a crash

Started by Bernardo. Last reply by Bernardo on Sunday. 18 Replies

Hi,after a crash (beginner) I fixed a few broken things.I also flash the APM 2.5 new because I changed too much parameters.All mandatory things and settings and calibration done.Now, during my first…Continue

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3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2013 at 1:53pm

Xomby: I'm a little confused by your power setup. What do mean by "Rx battery"? Typically copters don't have that. Also, are you using the APM Power Module? If not the little JP1 jumper that came with APM should be on. 

Comment by Xomby on February 7, 2013 at 1:44pm

Hey Chris and Group,

I am having a similar problem as Thomas Mc Grory.  The only difference is I got the Hexa-B kit, have assembled everything according to the manual.  I am at the "setup" step where I am to calibrate my tx/rx channels.

I have a JR 9303 2.4 radio system and am using a Spektrum 7100 receiver (JR and Spektrum are interchangeable as most know).

When my receiver is connected to the Arducopter, it just doesn't react at all.   I have tried when only connected to the USB power from the computer.   I have also tried with my Rx battery connected directly to my receiver (power from the Arducopter is also connected).    

The receiver light will not come on when connected with EITHER power scenario.

I saw a guy on YouTube that had the same problem, but he says he just changed wires from the 5 way connector wire designed for the Arducopter to Receiver connections.  Oh, I have put tone to the 5 way connector wires mentioned above, everything appears to be solid there.

Any advice?



Comment by Thomas Mc Grory on February 7, 2013 at 8:16am

Hi Chris,

Thanks for your speedy response. I purchased the 3DR ArduCopter Hexa-C Ready-to-Fly. It is all new to us here. Yes we purchased the Spectrum DX7s, it appears to be unbound as it is not showing up like in the attached Connection.bmp.

Need to know how to do this. Has DIY drones done this for me? Maybe I am missing something.




Many Thanks



3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on February 7, 2013 at 8:04am

Thomas, do you mean you bought it with a Spectrum RC included, and the transmitter and receiver are unbound?

Comment by Thomas Mc Grory on February 7, 2013 at 7:17am


I purchased a 3DR Hexa ready to fly, I can't seem to get the RC binded with the hexacopter, do you know if this has been done for me, is it part of the ready to fly set up by udrones? Anyone any pictures to show me?

Thank You



Comment by Emin Bu on February 2, 2013 at 6:21am

no,hexa with payload of 2,3 or more kg wont stay in air if lose one motor...teorethicly answer is yes,but when u lose motor brain is not capable of reacting so fast...Y6 frame and octa X8 frame could survive one motor loss,octa maybe with two...been there than that with normal one also have trust enough for 9kg,but when u lose motor hexa make salto mortale on the side where is that motor...

Comment by Randy Brazeau on February 1, 2013 at 1:55pm
Wow...that's a good payload. Perhaps flight time is measured in seconds. I have a friend that's thinking about shooting some video. Asking me what he would need, quad, hex or octo. My experience is a GoPro. Perhaps 10 minutes of flight time.
Comment by Mike Boland on February 1, 2013 at 12:47pm

I have a hex that will theoretically lift 9Kg, it's just a question of thrust, and of course, battery consumption.

Comment by Gonçalo Abreu on February 1, 2013 at 4:29am

I think the question is:"would an hexacopter still fly with a 2,5kg payload if an motor was lost?"

Comment by Randy Brazeau on January 31, 2013 at 5:18pm
Would a hex copter carry a 2.5 KG payload such as a camera comfortably?

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