"In a similar vein, are you sure that the motors are connected to the correct channels? i.e. that the position 1 motor both has the correct prop type and spin direction, and is also connected to the #1 output channel on APM?"
I appear to have missed the Kickstarter, but this looks like a fantastic project and exactly the type of thing I've been looking for; a long endurance, efficient plane setup that doesn't cost an arm and a leg or use gas. …"
"Ah, that makes a lot more sense, more of a glider than a maple samara (helicopter leaf). Thanks for the clarification. Makes a lot more sense now. As you mentioned, it seems like deployment is the major difficulty so that you…"
"While I think that such a system in interesting, they key will be balancing the rotation force (stability/controlability) with the drag force (actually slowing the copter down as opposed to just trading fall speed for rotation speed). Like the…"
"Let me know if I understand this correctly. The system is primarily a mechanical steadycam style motion compensation/smoothing system, but the servos engage and act as dampers to reduce oscillation and alter the "home" position to…"
"Whether or not you can technically power servos from APM, it's almost always a good idea to power motors and other large loads from a separate, beefier, power rail disctinct from the logic power supply for a few reasons, not least of which is…"
"It's overly broad and inaccurate to say there;s "NO WAY" for electrical noise to propagate if you use an opto-isolator. The time varying magnetic flux of the ESC switching can still induce noise on nearby conductors, even if the…"
"This is the correct answer. Just to expand a bit, this is due to (I suspect) a combination of the inductive load of the motors + the fact that they just draw current more when moving quickly from one setpoint to a new one as opposed to holding…"