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Broken component while mounting

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Heaton Aug 9, 2012. 2 Replies

I was remounting my APM 2.0 into a new housing on my quad.  The screws I chose had heads that were a little bigger than the ones I used before.  On the corner of the APM with the A,B,C leds.  Each…Continue

 

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Tony Heaton replied to Todd Martin's discussion Neo M8N and Pixhawk, No GPS fix
"I don't see the GPS antenna.  Is it on the backside of the board?  Also, you could take a couple of minutes and wire it to an arduino or even just an FTDI usb to serial cable to see if data is coming across."
Apr 6
Tony Heaton replied to Justin M's discussion I'm ready to drop 3DR, go with DJI in the group IRIS
"They did promise that so don't pretend they didn't.  It is also possible as many hundreds or thousands have demonstrated.  Both are to blame.  3DR for trying to pretend the craft are non-problematic, which most are, and the…"
Apr 2
Tony Heaton replied to Justin M's discussion I'm ready to drop 3DR, go with DJI in the group IRIS
"I have an IRIS + and have had no problems with it.  I also have an APM 2.8 on an self-built quad.  It was previously an APM 2 but I upgraded.  When it was an APM 2 I had a crash in which I thought, and still think, it was the…"
Mar 31
Tony Heaton replied to Paul Harris's discussion Low Price Pixhawk units out of China, anyone know anything about them in the group PIXHAWK
"Marc Dornan, Are you and DG the same person? "
Mar 4
Tony Heaton replied to Jack's discussion Autotune crash in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Hey, Darius is an awesome guy, he told me so himself ;)"
Feb 11
Tony Heaton commented on Craig Elder's blog post Autopilot needs survey
"@Craig,  If possible, I'd really like to see the results of this survey.  At least the answers to the longevity and number of vendors question."
Feb 2
Tony Heaton replied to Bill Salopek's discussion How to ensure Pixhawk reaches a waypoint's altitude before flying on?
"Bill, I can only give you and educated guess from observation.  From my experience, I also flew in NM, Jemez Mountains (6600' to 9000' alt), NW of Albuquerque.  I now live in Florida.  It always appeared to me that my quad…"
Feb 1
Tony Heaton commented on Chris Anderson's blog post The future of no-fly-zone geofencing (from Wired)
""The civil rights comment is ridiculous."  That type of thinking is why the US finds itself in the position it is in.  People don't seem to care about rights until theirs are trampled.  We should all defend the rights…"
Feb 1
Tony Heaton replied to ShoopkoTube's discussion My first flight! Tell me your thoughts!
"You likely wouldn't race FPV with a gimbal.  You could but not with your FPV camera mounted to it.  You could have a camera mounted on a gimbal to record the action of the other racers. Some people do have more than one camera on…"
Feb 1
Tony Heaton replied to Rob_Lefebvre's discussion Notification: My Community Support Ending
"I was trying to find some background on yourself and "Peer to Drone Crash Investigators" to see if I wanted to join.  I couldn't find anything that tells what it is or who you are?"
Feb 1
Tony Heaton replied to ShoopkoTube's discussion My first flight! Tell me your thoughts!
"Agreed but so is "to do anything decent you need to be able to carry a 3 axis gimbal."   "Decent" is in the eye of the user.  Some don't run any cameras and do plenty of decent, to them, things.  Some…"
Feb 1
Tony Heaton replied to ShoopkoTube's discussion My first flight! Tell me your thoughts!
"To do anything decent you need to be able to carry a 3 axis gimbal, a 113 kg imax camera and a cup holder."
Feb 1
Tony Heaton replied to Aussie in AZ's discussion 3DR telemetry no longer supported by 3DR....options?
"The vast majority of the Solo market probably have never heard of Craig or Bigfoot.  Those that have heard of them probably understand them.  Two people, unless they have credibility, can't have much effect on a market of this…"
Feb 1
Tony Heaton replied to Rob_Lefebvre's discussion Notification: My Community Support Ending
"Darius, could you please provide a web address for "Peer To Drone Crash Investigators?"  I can only find an rcgroup with 30 posts.  I can find 3 linkedin profiles for Darius Jack but none of them appear to be crash investigators…"
Feb 1
Tony Heaton commented on Craig Elder's blog post Pirates! UAV Solutions violates Open Source Licenses
"The replies of Darius Jack lead me to believe it is a bot of some kind."
Jan 26
Tony Heaton replied to Aussie in AZ's discussion 3DR telemetry no longer supported by 3DR....options?
"If you're worried about quality from other sources, you can build them from scratch yourself. All of this is open source.  Better yet, start a company that produces and sells the products you want and see how long you stay in…"
Jan 24

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I'm interested in both fixed and rotary wing UAVs
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Pensacola, FL

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First quad flights successful.....pretty much.

Posted on July 30, 2012 at 9:00am 6 Comments

I built my first quad from scratch.  It's based on the ArduCopter.  I used aluminium towel rods for the arms and some sixteenth inch aluminium plate for the support and sixteenth by half inch strips for landing gear.  The motors are A2217-9 950Kv, APC 10 x 4.7 props, Hobby Wing 18A ESCs, Hyperion 4000mAh 3s lipo,  and an APM…

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