Hey guys! So 2012 is going to be MyGeekShow’s year of “Technology Aided Flight” where I’ll focus on going from just flying around the field, to full FPV and waypoint supported autopilot. I’m doing…Continue
I've decided its time to get serious. I've announced my new 5 year project: To fly an RC airplane 3,000 miles to cross the United States.Most of the flight will be FPV style, but 90% of the trip will…Continue
I did an episode on the strength/properties/durability/etc. of Bluecor Fan Fold Foam and Hot Glue to test their ability to be good building materials for some future drone airplane I'll be building.…Continue
After a rather damaging Raptor 140 crash (see http://ardupilot.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=4879), I built the the 140b, which is essentially the 140, with some improvements:
-Carries 10Ah instead of 8.8Ah, and will eventually carry 15Ah. Should allow for 75km flights at 80kph!…Continue
This week the Raptor 140 completed a 30km (18.6mi) fully autonomous flight! It only used 58% of it's 8.8Ah batteries, giving it a potential ability to cover 51.2km (31.8mi) on a single charge, the whole time flying at 75kph (47mph) for 40+ minutes! Impressive...
Some additional metrics to consider: is average amp draw was 12.8amps, or 21% of the 60amp esc, also it had a 5.8km/Ah (3.6mi/Ah)…
This week I conducted the Raptor 140's flight testing. I put it through the paces by testing it's general maneuverability (pitch and roll), high maneuverability (rolls, loops, climbs), its speed performance (cruise, max, stall) and it's technology performance (video, telemetry, GPS, compass, autonomous flight, etc).
It passed all its…Continue