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Getting started in FPV/Drone: MyGeekShow

Started this discussion. Last reply by UnmannedTechShop.co.uk Nov 18, 2011. 3 Replies

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

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Is this a good FPV set up?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Brooks Jul 5, 2011. 2 Replies

This is what I'm thinking for my first FPV set up... anything that sticks out to you as good/bad? Airplane Tx: Turnigy 9x…Continue

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Model Airplane to Fly Across The United States!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trent at MyGeekShow May 14, 2011. 8 Replies

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

Which program is best for designing airplanes?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Trent at MyGeekShow Apr 8, 2011. 22 Replies

I wanted to know which program was best for designing airplanes, so I tested out 7 different programs and methods to find out. Watch it on YouTube:…Continue

 

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Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Quadzimodo's blog post Trent@MyGeekShow has some news
"Rob - Thanks for the info. I should have asked what you're currently using for batterie(s) on your quad, could you tell me that also? If your quad peaks at 24A, assuming it hovers at ~10A then it should be able to fly with a single Titan. 10A…"
Apr 6
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Quadzimodo's blog post Trent@MyGeekShow has some news
"Rob - Great stuff. I've done similar testing (although not with a quad, and as you've stated, they have different energy needs). Some thoughts / questions for you: Have you adjusted your ESC's for a lower voltage cutoff? Since NCRs…"
Apr 6
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Quadzimodo's blog post Trent@MyGeekShow has some news
"Great question Guy!  As you may know, there isn't really a standard on determining / stating C rating. As I'm the one that had to determine what would be the C rating on the label I conducted pretty extensive testing and research to…"
Apr 6
Trent at MyGeekShow commented on Quadzimodo's blog post Trent@MyGeekShow has some news
"Thank you for sharing this Quadzimodo! As those who have flown NCR cells before, you know these are great alternatives to LiPos. A few answers to questions: 1 - Currently only available on Amazon.com in USA, however, we're looking at…"
Apr 6
Richard Johnson commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Thanks.. Guess you missed the high volts at low currents, im thinking about grams as li-oin are 4x power density than li-po. Yes there are big bldc machines designed for 40 odd volts, but im not after a racer. Its all good, seems we are in different…"
Dec 23, 2015
Quadzimodo commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"This paradigm shift you suggest should occur is actually more of an evolution and it started long ago. What has driven this evolution has nothing to do with Li-ion verses LiPo.  In fact, if it has anything to do with advancements in chemical…"
Dec 17, 2015
Quadzimodo commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
"Richard - Nice to meet you too mate. Jump online and you will find 18650 cells that have anything up to 8800mAh printed on side of them.  That doesn't mean that they can deliver 8800mAh though. The proof is in the pudding, as…"
Dec 16, 2015
Quadzimodo commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post NCR18650B - The Future of RC Aircraft Batteries?
""I have found 6ah 18650 cells that for the same 'c' rating will give 12A draw" - Really!?! They must be from Panasonic's the new Li-uno (Lithium-Unobtanium) series."
Dec 16, 2015
Justin Martin commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype
"Trent, please PM me. Sen't you a request.  Thanks, and good luck"
Jul 7, 2015
Toby Mills commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype
"Welcome back Trent.You really do know how to pick challenging projects don't you!!This is a problem large companies (google, facebook) and universities have been trying to solve for years and years with millions of dollars and resources thrown…"
Jul 6, 2015
AdrienB commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype
"Check out the thesis of André Noth: http://www.asl.ethz.ch/research/asl/skysailor (link to pdf at bottom). His solar plane flew successfully for 27 hours straight. Tons of great information for you in there !Best,Adrien"
Jul 6, 2015
Jesper Andersen commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype
"Hi Trent - so nice to have you back - was starting to worry! You are such an inspiration to the community and you always come up with new exciting projects - can't wait to see how this adventure unfolds. If you are going to optimise every…"
Jul 6, 2015
Jon commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype
"Good to see you back Trent. I was wondering (like many others) where you had gone. Very interested to see how the project goes and best of luck to you."
Jul 5, 2015
Crashpilot1000 commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype
"Great to see you back on track! I don't know how it may effect flight-time, maybe a little dihedral on the wings could make it more stable, if that's a problem at all in you design and doesn't compromise solar function. Maybe exchange…"
Jul 5, 2015

100KM
DavidJames commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype
"Trent, It is certainly encouraging that the NCR18650Bs have an energy density of 243 Whr/kg.   This is slightly better than the Solar Impulse batteries.    Have you consider using a flying wing with this more efficient wing…"
Jul 5, 2015
Quadzimodo commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype
"Love your work mate!"
Jul 5, 2015

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MyGeekShow - Building the Solar UAV Prototype

Posted on July 4, 2015 at 2:57am 22 Comments

MyGeekShow is back! This week I finalized the design and built the 50% scale solar airplane prototype. I'll complete it's first flight next week!



My current mission is to build an RC airplane capable of indefinite flight, where solar panels installed on the wings power the airplane and charge the batteries by day, and then those same batteries power…

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USA Trip - Day 5 - The End

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 9:17pm 13 Comments





The final crashes that led the end of the USA trip. We gave it our best shot, but in the end, had to end the trip to ensure the safety of those around us.

Follow the trip and learn more on: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

Thank you to Applied Aeronautics for supporting today's video:…

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USA Trip - Day 4 - The Longest Day

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 10:13pm 6 Comments





Today we covered the most ground during the USA trip, over 300km (186mi)! We encountered and overcame so many challenges. These problems started to wear down our confidence and reduce our spare supplies.

Follow the trip and learn more on: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

Thank you to Spotifly for supporting…

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USA Trip - Day 3 - First Flight!

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 7:42pm 8 Comments





Today we successfully conducted our first USA trip flight! We overcame many challenges and experienced new ones that held us up for the day.

Follow the trip and learn more on: http://mygeekshow.com/usatrip/

Thank you to Event38 for supporting today's video:…

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Comment Wall (7 comments)

At 12:37pm on September 11, 2011,
Moderator
Brian
said…

Trent, check this post/project out.  I think it's right in line with your goal.

http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/thermopilot-project-a-thermal-hunter-glider-drone?id=705844%3ABlogPost%3A619448&page=2#comments

Regards - Brian

At 1:21pm on March 10, 2012, Stan Virgint said…

You have a cool channel I want to build a flying as well with center fuse for little more room

what are you using for your hot wire power supply?

Thanks Stan

At 10:47am on September 1, 2012, Earl said…
Put a voltage and current sensor on the telemetry! Use as a gas guage.
Looking good. Getting ready to drop X8 from balloon and control with joystick. I use 433mhz radios. Much longer range.
Earl
At 10:35am on July 24, 2013, roger gravel said…

thanks to take the time to explained how apm work you are a very generous person 

and your geek show is very proffessional 

At 4:52am on December 12, 2013,
MR60
Forrest Frantz
said…

Outstanding Trent. UAV across the US has a pioneer ring to it. Great.

Yes, the Li-Io will serve you well.  Nearly 50% more duration.

If you can afford it, buy a battery welder when you make yours or I think I saw someone on e-bay that will do the welding for you.  Panasonic does make the best one.  You can solder, but I'm not good enough to trust my skill.  There is a vent that might release if it gets too hot.  

Please keep me in touch with your build.  lt sounds exciting.

At 3:42pm on May 6, 2014, Scott Penrose said…

Hi Trent. Sorry to bug you here. Sent you a few emails re: Trip and Radios - can you check your spam please. Scott.

At 3:51am on July 14, 2014, Dave Smith said…

I was thinking about your altitude change problems along the flight, and I have often wondered how you would set up for an auto-land at a lower altitude. Have you ever tried the "absolute(?)" check box? I believe you put in meters above sea level instead. I will try it out and let you know what I find.

I am also working on a very simple parachute mechanism that you might want to try out to soften your landings when the terrain gets rough.

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