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Getting the PIDS right on a heavy copter

Started Mar 17 0 Replies

My Initial Factory settings:…Continue

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Questions about creating Missions with Mission Planner

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Evans Sep 2, 2013. 8 Replies

I am ready to try a mission using my Arducopter Quad with the APM2.5. In Mission Planner  I have set a circuit of events, from a takeoff from home, then on to 7 waypoints with the appropriate…Continue

Missing Config functions in MP 1.2.72

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Evans Aug 26, 2013. 3 Replies

For some reason, everything except for "Planner" is gone under the Config/Tuning section and I can't figure out how to get it back?Continue

Troubleshooting a damaged arducopter

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Evans Aug 1, 2013. 1 Reply

After repair from a crash, two ESC's don't initialize...I'm trying to fix my Arducopter Quad. (APM2.5 flashed to 3.01)  A little puzzled at this point. the other day, I was flying my Arducopter using…Continue

 

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Getting the PIDS right on a heavy copter

My Initial Factory settings:  I recently finished and assembling a QAV540G Quad with low KV high wattage motors with a 6S 5100 Battery pack. It is using TMotors 12" props.   The beast weighs about 5.5 lbs.After assembling, calibrating and setting up flight mode  switches, Getting Telemetry going camera gimble, OSD, and the…See More
Mar 17
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Mar 14
stubugs commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"@ cody Got motor's running sweet at last with afro30a Refladhed em with a new turnigy Simon k firmware Tried Multistar 20a to slow throttle response but it flew Tried turnigy plush 18a to slow Tried rctimer 30a opto Simon k out of sync…"
Jan 31
Richard Evans commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"Thanks for your comments Carl..  Yes the battery's I'm using were chosen mostly because the fit the space and were sufficient for early tests.  The C rating on then are higher than necessary, thus they weigh more. They don't…"
Jan 21
Richard Evans commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"EngineerX. .I have seen the negative stuff about the Rmilec LRS, but I will test and see for myself. Some products improve after they first come into use. I have been testing and I like what I see at this point."
Jan 21
Carl La France commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"@Richard your machine looks "robust!" since you are using "off the shelf" components some things you could try are smaller but more battery packs  and when one depleats you can jettison and use the next another thing you…"
Jan 21
EngineerX commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"RMILEC LRS? - are you sure? I read several reviews about it and most said they didn't like it, but I stopped trying to find out more about that LRS system and concentrated on the other usual suspects. "
Jan 21
stubugs commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"@cody when my esc flash tool comes I'll let you know how they perform Or if I need to fit Multistar ones I've got comming Stuart"
Jan 20
Cody O. commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"Wow, those t-motors are a thing of beauty.  You could probably achieve similar results by hand-winding your own motors; no need to spend $300 on a motor. @stubugs Yes, those are the exact motors I have on my hex which have been giving me…"
Jan 20
Euan Ramsay commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"Anyone tried the t-motor U series "efficiency" range yet? Look to be a good solution, and able crank 18+" props. At a price, it should be noted."
Jan 20
stubugs commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"No Multistar motor's 16 pole 4225 But esc hobby king afro 30but will not sync So ordered programmer so maybe new firmware will cure sync Problem But I've got 4 20a Multistar escs comming as well to be shure So will see once delivered in…"
Jan 20
Cody O. commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"@ stubugs Are those turnigy multistar motors and speed controllers?  I've been having a major sync problem with the 390kv motors on my 6s hex with 12" props."
Jan 19
stubugs commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"ihi ive nearly finished this with 17 inch props should get 45 mins with 4s 8000 390 kv motors"
Jan 19
johnkowalsky commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"This isn't related to this situation... but is there an off the shelf ICE based generator ? Did I quick google search but I couldn't find anything."
Jan 19
Cody O. commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"I agree 12" sounds a little small for 370kv motors.  Are you using 4s or 6s? I like your printed GPS and Rx mounts!"
Jan 19
Richard Evans commented on Richard Evans's blog post Working on endurance options
"Yes, I have some nice 15" props to try but have to make some longer arms to make it work, will post an update when I get to try that.. RE"
Jan 19

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About Me:
Long time RC'r short time FPV'r
Live in Texas, grew up in Florida, I'm also an EDF enthusiast with lots of EDF aircraft and many years of experience.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I like the feeling of flying like a bird that you get when doing FPV. I guess it is a lot like flying a full scale aircraft. I also love how technical and complex our "birds' are Not for everybody for sure!
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smalltown, Texas

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Working on endurance options

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 6:30pm 20 Comments

I've been working on getting a better range and endurance. This QAV-540 weighs 5.5 lb's and I just flew it for 18 minutes today. Previously 16 minutes was my record, the change is that I went up one inch in prop size. This is not stripped down for endurance, I want something that will fly a long time…

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Some FPV (Cockpit View)

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 3:00pm 4 Comments

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This is just run of the mill FPV flying, but I enjoy reviewing the fight for more than the visual perspective. Re-living the altitude, the roll and pitch, the rate of ascent and decent, the airspeed during the flight and the battery condition gives me a much fuller context than just viewing the HD video I was recording using my GoPro H3 Black.  Here is simple flyover of ready to be developed…

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Drones used in the Construction Industry

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

From the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, USA    

# note that there is a glimpse of architectural art piece in this video by James Turrell, Skyspace, 2013,  courtesy of Landmarks

I originally solicited other construction company users as to their ideas about using drones in the industry and to heat there experiences. This might not be the right venue for that, instead I got…

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Near miss at the beach

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 3:00pm 9 Comments

This weekend I took a couple of boys to the beach (family members) and wanted to get some video of them trying to surf and using a boogie board, (in some very poor surf conditions). Something unexpected happened, through the  low resolution of the goggles, I mistook some other kid and hovered up close.  As he turned to face me, I realized he wasn't the kid I was expecting and instead of a surfboard, he had a surf casting reel. He cast his lure at my…

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