"I'm not sure if you have seen the copter-gcs project. It was another Android GCS project, but it looks like it has been out of development for a while. The biggest drawbacks the last time I checked into it were that it was designed for a…"
"I'm very happy for the move to github! If you get a lot of patches that require review, I'd also recommend looking into a review system like gerrit (https://code.google.com/p/gerrit/). This is the same system used by Google for the Android…"
"It isn't actually a switch on the transmitter. In my case (Hitec / Aurora Optima 9), I can program the receiver to go into a failsafe position when it loses contact with the transmitter. I set the receiver to send a throttle signal of ~900 when…"
"Since the trigger for failsafe is a low throttle, it would probably need to have a bit more logic than just "motors already off", though. Currently, the danger window is the point after you land and before the APM has automatically…"
"The way I tested (after I had some scary moments field testing) was to load a backed-up configuration into a simulator model with FlightGear. This let me test the failsafe with hardware in the loop. Granted, it isn't an exact test since you…"
"If the Dell still has the Windows sticker on the bottom with the serial number, you may not need the original restore disks. You SHOULD be able to just download a copy of whatever version and level of windows you are licensed for and burn it to a CD…"
I just finished building my first Quad down in Colorado Springs - good to see another CO person getting into it :-)
I will likely be in the market for a new laptop in the near future as well. The only laptops I have at the moment are my work…"