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They said it could not be done (APM with U8 28")

Started this discussion. Last reply by MrPrime May 15. 1 Reply

Let me start at the beginning. Getting this bird in the air was not an easy task and cost huge $$$. Initially I had the APM onboard, but it would not fly at all. After a long time chasing the problem…Continue

Tags: copter, tuning, large, apm2.6, 28"

Mirror MAVLink traffic to multiple groundstations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Oborne Dec 13, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi,For security purposes, I would like to place Android tablets in the hands on ground crew so they can see the UAV's position and direction in real time - the ground crew would not require control…Continue

Automatic Chute Trigger

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wesley Versfeld Dec 9, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi,I have done some digging around, maybe I missed this.We're getting more flying time from Multirotors by making the props bigger (I'm talking about the 1hr+ range), to the point where there are now…Continue

Tags: chute, recovery, Auto

Antennae Tracker Question

Started Nov 19, 2013 0 Replies

Hi,I'm looking for some information on easy to setup and use antennae trackers for use with the Ardupilot (or Pixhawk in future). I've seen some information on Ardutracker (arduino stuff), but I was…Continue

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Wesley Versfeld replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Forgot to attach the log. "
Sunday
Wesley Versfeld replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Happened to me last week, flying around in Loiter (AC3.2RC12), next thing copter lost all power (motors stopped spinning) and fell to the ground. All connectors checked out, etc. Auto analysis reports looks exactly like yours incl the VCC warning."
Sunday
tito B commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Tarot T810 build log
"I have a few questions about your build...Did you add any sort of capacitor in order to route power to the apm controller or is that being powered with a smaller battery? also how many channels is your controller?"
Sep 11
tito B commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Tarot T810 build log
Sep 11
MrPrime replied to Wesley Versfeld's discussion They said it could not be done (APM with U8 28")
"Do you have any pictures of this beast?"
May 15
Wesley Versfeld posted a discussion

They said it could not be done (APM with U8 28")

Let me start at the beginning. Getting this bird in the air was not an easy task and cost huge $$$. Initially I had the APM onboard, but it would not fly at all. After a long time chasing the problem (even trying the DJI A2) I found the problem... Slow ESC update rates on the Castle HV 80 ESC's, they needed to be flashed with new firmware.The bird is set up with 34000mAh (4 X 4S5P) total configuration is 8S10P, and the power monitor is connecting to a single 4S5P battery - this way I can…See More
May 15
Wesley Versfeld replied to Pierre Gibouin's discussion 3DRobotics temporarily stops shipments outside of US and Canada
"Whew, this is a small set back. Good thing I have 2 brand new DJI A2 controllers in stock :) Kidding, I guess all we can do is wait and see?"
May 14
Ken Gaines commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Tarot T810 build log
"This may have already been covered in this build log (BAD A$$ build BTW)... What made you go with the 400 KV motors as opposed to the Tarot 320 KV motors? I am still new at this, but I am seriously considering the T810 with APM 2.6 as a AP/FPV…"
Apr 8
stubugs commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Tarot T810 build log
"hi Tony I  couldnt get a 10amp 5w resistor so I used two 5amp 5 w my motors are multistar 400kv 40amp multistar esc opto with two capacitors soldered on each and 2 6000 6s lipos and I get no spark at all and no naza reporting battery low…"
Apr 7
Tony Vomfell commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Tarot T810 build log
"@stubugs can you give us a little info on your set up, what size resister is used ?  thanks it looks simple and clean."
Apr 6
Wesley Versfeld commented on Christiaan van Vollenstee's blog post South Africa CAA Gave a warning to all South Africans flying sUAV's in civil aviation airspace
"First question - where does "South African civil aviation airspace" actually begin... 0m AGL, 300m AGL? And then we have not even started talking about the differences between Drone, UAV, UAS, RPAS, etc. Overall I think this is a good…"
Apr 3

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Graham Dyer commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Another epic drone Game Drive (Flight)
"That blesbok is alarm snorting and defensive but is surprisingly unconcerned even when the 'copter is close, is he dof, lol? Interesting how the black wildebeest calf sticks very close it's mothers' flank. I've had similar…"
Mar 21

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Gary Mortimer commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Another epic drone Game Drive (Flight)
"That's one tame blesbok, I had to find something two weeks ago and the ones here just went."
Mar 20
Wesley Versfeld posted a blog post

Another epic drone Game Drive (Flight)

We were asked to do some field testing for the Investec Rhino Life Line with Dr Will Faulds. Thought I'd share some of the footage. Only in Africa! :)Using APM2.6, Tarot T810, Alexmos BGC (soon to be upgrade to 3 axis) and the trusty GoPro.See More
Mar 20
Wesley Versfeld commented on AKRCGUY's blog post SteadiDrone Releases NEW QU4D X With 60 Min Flight Time
"@Duran - any progress on the flight recording?"
Feb 24
Thomas Field commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Tarot T810 build log
"Nicely done, and I think I'll do mine your way next time!"
Feb 13

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About Me:
In the IT industry, and as a hobby been flying heli's since 2002, after getting bored I discovered APM - never looked back.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Looking to use UAVs to solve everyday african problems.

www.easyuav.com
Hometown:
Krugersdorp

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Another epic drone Game Drive (Flight)

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:30am 2 Comments

We were asked to do some field testing for the Investec Rhino Life Line with Dr Will Faulds. Thought I'd share some of the footage. Only in Africa! :)

Using APM2.6, Tarot T810, Alexmos BGC (soon to be upgrade to 3 axis) and the trusty GoPro.

Night Safari with Flir equipped Hexacopter

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 12:00am 8 Comments

We headed out into the African bush to demonstrate the UAV + night vision technology on a Game Farm in the north of South Africa. We were interested to see the animals response to the UAV at night. All the animals barely paid attention to the UAV, until a Zebra got spooked which in turn spooked the Impala close by.

For some reason I can't embed YouTube - so here is the link. I'm very…

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Flir equipped hexacopter - security UAV in action

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 10:30pm 11 Comments

We did a recent flight minutes after an attempted break in to scan the area for criminals possibly hiding behind walls etc. We took off from a nearby field and allways stay directly over the flield (just in case).

The APM on AC 3.0.1 has been doing a great job in keeping the Tarot T810 hexa in the…

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Tarot T810 build log

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 3:30am 128 Comments

I have been searching high and low for a good affordable large hexa system, with the main objective to lift 500gr (camera, FPV transmitter, etc) for as long as possible, and have the video stabilized. 

The S800 looked ok, but due to some issues around the boom flexibility and cost, I ditched that idea. The…

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