Hi guys my first post here.Me and a friend of mine is working on designing a low cost mid range drone for agricultural and law enforment use here in Jamaica.The range we are hoping to achieve is…Continue
"Sorry for my absence I have been busy on some other stuffs so I was not able to update you guys. We have made several modifications to our design and is now looking to build a model that has a maximum range of 25km and a flight duration of upwards…"
"Horace: All good points you make and certainly, if your goals include improving the knowledge and skill base for the local community and building capacity in this area, then developing your own solution is a reasonable approach to take. I would…"
"Thanks for your input Tim.
Buying a drone will defeat one of the key points however: indigenous development. Local producing the system would be aignificant boost to our local science community but would also afford us a window into the…"
"Given this project scope you'd be far better going for an existing commerical UAV solution and adapting to your operational needs (which almost all suppliers would work with you to do). Your requirements meet (most of) the capabilities of the…"
"Thanks for your input Jay Bryon. I prefer going with a gas engine because of the size of the craft I am looking at. As I said though range and loiter time as well as stall speed are the most crucial variables now, the others can all change(those are…"
A few thoughts- If you are able to do a control station or two on the mountain tops, you will have better LOS for control, as when the bird goes down to 500ft, LOS links can get dicey. There are also fresnel effects for radio…"
"Your gas engine will need an electronic fuel injection system to allow operation at the altitude you're proposing. I'd also suggest that such a large single-cylinder engine will give you vibration problems which will always be a headache.…"
"Flaps on the leading edge??? Wings don't work that way. (Unless you want to land really, really fast) The ailerons would be a lot more efficient further outboard.
An 8HP engine weighing only 5-pounds? (Electric or gas?)…"