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Big Endurance multicopter help needed

Started Dec 7 0 Replies

I need to build a multicopter as a project that would give me long endurance flying.40-60 minutes if possible and need some opinions so i can consider my best choice as to what frame i need to build.…Continue

Flir camera availability

Started Oct 9, 2016 0 Replies

Are there any affordable 640x480 60hz thermal cameras available in south africa ?Continue

Low voltage cut off for blheli esc ? pic attached

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Jun 13, 2016. 2 Replies

Please can anyone tell me which paramater changes the low voltage cut off setting on the rc timer blheli version esc. picture is attached.Continue

Quadcopter reccomendation

Started this discussion. Last reply by James Apr 28, 2016. 1 Reply

Please can anyone suggest a quadcopter which would be as close as possible to the specs below:List Specifications RequirementAIRCRAFT Max Ascent Speed 5 m/s Max Speed 16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind) Max…Continue

 

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Big Endurance multicopter help needed

I need to build a multicopter as a project that would give me long endurance flying.40-60 minutes if possible and need some opinions so i can consider my best choice as to what frame i need to build. And what size ? Is there perhaps a template i could follow. From my own experience i know bigger blades will give me the best endurance at lower rpm, but only if the weight, motors and esc's is all within range. My question is, given the equipment i will be using below, what size multicopter…See More
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At 11:32pm on August 15, 2013, Gisela & Joe Noci said…

Sorry Josh, no such thing meeting all your criteria..

What sort of game do you want to count? 

What is the environment? Very bushy, trees, flat or mountainous?

For theft monitoring, day or night? What sort of distances do you need to cover?

Theft would typically be during darker hours so you may need IR vision.

Border patrol normally tracks fences which are long distances, so a long endurance system may be needed, but endurance alone is insufficient, you need descent cruise speed as well. I see you are in die ou Transvaal - I hail from there as well - now live in Namibia - the areas where you want to do the work are probably hot in summer, so winds and thermals play a role in when missions can be flown as well.

From a a commercial UAV point of view, the Aerohawk RQ-84Z would be a good choice, but it comes only with a still camera, and the system costs around R600K..

The Yankee Raven would also work well, but is unobtanium - Yankee policies and paranoia - and is around R4M for a system - GCS and two aircraft...

We have done a lot of work in the field you are envisaging - we have developed two aircraft - SurVoyeur mk-I and mk-II - the mk-I is in active service with a land surveyors here in Nam. We have also used it at the Anglo gold mine near Karibib here, for security monitoring - quite wild flying there - mid morning to late afternoon winds are around 35 to 45km/h.

We have also fitted an IR camera - the FLIR TAU-2, to it and to the mk-II now - works well, but IR is another story - no chance of recognizing species of the smaller animals, esp in low thermal contrast regions, such as African bushveld.

Take a look at some of my blog - search for Nampilot and SurVoyeur, if interested we can chat further.

Where in the TVL are you from and what do you do?

Regards

Joe

At 12:02am on August 16, 2013, Josh said…
Hi Joe

Please can you provide me with your email adress, this is for a friend and he would like to contact you via email and discuss further.

Kind Regards

Josh
At 12:26am on August 16, 2013, Josh said…
Here is his email adress: chsnym(at)gmail.com

Kind Regards

Josh
At 1:11am on August 16, 2013, Gisela & Joe Noci said…

Hi Josh,

befriend me, and I will send you a personal message with my email..

Joe

At 4:11am on August 16, 2013, Josh said…
HiJoe, i replied viam pm, thank you.
At 4:11am on August 16, 2013, Josh said…
HiJoe, i replied via pm, thank you.

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