Steve Maller
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Incorrect orientation for my quad?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steve Maller Jul 28, 2013. 1 Reply

Looking at this view in APM Planner, the red line is what the Planner thinks the front of my quadcopter is, but the copter's in an 'X' config (the default, right?) where the "front" is between the…Continue


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multirotor jockey, rc newbie, professional photographer/videographer
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The end of my quad

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 3:30pm 36 Comments

Sadly, my little quad has been lost in Davey Jones' Locker, I fear. I thought I'd try a longer programmed flight, and I didn't account for what would happen if the TX and/or the telemetry radio lost signal. At least that's my theory. I thought it would execute RTL, but it appears it didn't. A couple minutes into the flight (when I lost sight of it beyond some trees (but over the water), the telemetry radio stopped tracking. I went out to the beach and looked around, but the…


Flight time test

Posted on July 31, 2013 at 1:30pm 2 Comments


I was curious what kind of flight times I might expect from the little 3DR quad, so I tried an experiment today. I used a little LiPo alarm (super useful!), and flew it with a combination of a pre-programmed route (a couple minutes) and just a little random flying around. I had the GoPro Hero3 BE slung underneath with a simple velcro mount (super jello!). Here's a video…


A more complete video of an autonomous flight

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 9:00am 12 Comments

Filmed an end-to-end flight using my Panasonic GH3 on a tripod showing my Mac ground station (running Parallels) and using a GoPro HD Hero3 BE on the copter. The GoPro was just velcro'd to the copter frame, which is obviously not ideal. But these are just initial flight tests, so I'm not concerned with video quality. I'm so excited about the prospects for this kind of semi-guided…



Posted on July 28, 2013 at 10:00pm 8 Comments

I just got a 3DR quad with APM2.5+ with GPS, and I was itching to try out the mission planner and its ability to program a mission with GPS. Here's a video of my first successful flight!

I'm a pretty experienced multirotor guy with an xproheli xp2 and a Cinestar 8, but these are flown the old fashioned way. :-)

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