Recently I built a hexacopter and have flown it a total of three times now. Yesterday was the first time I tried the yaw while in flight. When changing the yaw it dramatically changes the elevation,…Continue
Can the output for each ESC be plugged directly into the APM instead of going through the power distribution board? I think this would work just fine (as the multiple BEC would be in parallel) but…Continue
I have assembled an APM1 and IMU from the kit and now I'm trying to configure everything using the Mission Planner software. The firmware uploads (version 2.7) and everything seems to be working (GPS…Continue
I'm researching different designs and materials for a hexacopter frame to carry a camera. It looks like the frame of the ArduCopter kits is fiberglass sheet and then aluminum for the arms. Is…Continue
There are various power distribution boards out there but none really were able to accomplish what I wanted for a previous hexacopter build (six battery inputs, six ESC outputs, and a small power lead for the receiver). I'm in the process of building a new small quadcopter so I figured I document the power distribution this time around. This example is less complex than the first one I made for the hexacopter but it illustrates the same process.
The basic idea is to…Continue
If you have a GoPro HD HERO2 camera there's a free firmware update that doubles the video bit rate, has a neutral white balance, and disables internal noise reduction, contrast adjustments, and sharpening. This dramatically improves the quality of the video and opens new doors for…Continue
I've been throwing around a few ideas for a hexacopter frame and have settled on a aluminum arm and fiberglass plate sandwich type frame (is there a more technical term for it?). The goal is to carry a digital SLR for aerial photography, though I'll work out the camera bits after I get past the basics of just getting it flying. From prop tip to prop tip it will be about 42 inches. The two plates in the middle are about 11.5 inches diameter and will be cut from 1/8th inch thick G10…Continue