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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Steve Maller commented on Robert Hoermann's blog post Soon availible... Redundancy for autopilots
"I fly a big octo that I have outfitted for dual operator. My camera op has a Spektrum DX8, and in an emergency, I'd love for him to be able to take the helm with that transmitter and fly the copter home. Of course, that's impossible right…"
Jul 18
Steve Maller commented on Robert Hoermann's blog post Soon availible... Redundancy for autopilots
"My own analysis of failures from many crashes and near crashes (some mine, many of others) indicates that the #2 cause of failures is related to power systems, not guidance systems. I'd like to see a truly redundant power system with dual…"
Jul 18
Steve Maller commented on Mike C's blog post FIRST ICE COPTER - and it worked :-D
"OUTSTANDING! Loved it. Fantastic edit on the video, too. Might I suggest concrete next time? :-)"
Jun 20
Steve Maller commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Drone dance performance
"Fascinating! Really impressive tech behind this. I can’t wait until some of this gets commercialized. The applications are nearly infinite."
May 23
Steve Maller replied to Adam Rivera's discussion Graupner MX-20 with GR-24 Receiver
"Is this still available?"
Jan 20
Steve Maller commented on jacekheli's blog post EvvGC carbon gimbal
"Is this actually for sale somewhere? It's really pretty!"
Nov 14, 2013
Steve Maller commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Announcing the next era at 3D Robotics
"Congratulations! Very exciting, and very well deserved!"
Sep 26, 2013
Bimo Bimo commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"What are pre-flights and safety procedures?"
Aug 3, 2013
Steve Maller commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"I must admit I was a little cavalier, and did not follow sound practices with this copter. I also fly a Cinestar 8, and I'm super diligent about pre-flights and safety procedures."
Aug 2, 2013
Bimo Bimo commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"Request to Erman Ozen Can you please elaborate on these procedures: My first flight was a RTL switch test, second emergency landing and third was cutting transmitter for fail safe. I repeat this every time I load new firmware on my work bench and…"
Aug 2, 2013
Stefan78 commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"Or this Tracker, also at 45 USD, I actually own this. You can even text it and it will call you back, all silently, so you can listen to it like a spy device! Or just give it to your kids as a phone :-)  You may prefer to remove the…"
Aug 1, 2013
Euan Ramsay commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"GPS cellular tracker won't work underwater... Man - sorry about this. It's worse than crashing - at least then a lot of parts can be repaired or reused. A dip in the drink is invariably a total loss, even in the remote chance it is…"
Aug 1, 2013
Justin M commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"Next item to purchase small GPS Cellular tracker from eBay for $45  "
Aug 1, 2013

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Gary Mortimer commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"With the FrSky you set your TX to what you want to happen in the event of a loss of signal press a button on the RX and it remembers that. "
Aug 1, 2013

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Graham Dyer commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"Post the tlog and kml too, maybe there's some insight in them"
Aug 1, 2013

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Graham Dyer commented on Steve Maller's blog post The end of my quad
"Steve, it's hard to know without seeing how it was setup, the failsafe behaviour for copters is fairly well documented though. It also depends what you set the long and short failsafe to. The (out of Tx range) failsafe only triggers if the…"
Aug 1, 2013

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Autonomy!

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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