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

Started this discussion. Last reply by MrPrime May 15, 2014. 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

PixHawk support for CHDK Canon SX260

Started this discussion. Last reply by BkSeatFlyr Jan 27, 2014. 5 Replies

Hi, I'm wondering if the PixHawk will support a CHDK connection to trigger this camera at specific points? What connection would be requried if this is possible?Thanks!Continue

Tags: PixHawk, CHDK

 

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300km
moglos commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"@Weiliang That's a great tool. I couldn't get Mission Planner to convert the log file to csv to do any analysis, it was too big and crashed each time. "
Jan 7
Exmaps commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"@moglos, under flight mode, switch to Auto to eliminate the noise cause by plane on ground etc. "
Jan 7

300km
moglos commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"That exmaps link is cool. The distance of 305km agrees with what Mission Planner told me on screen. Google Earth only said 301. The exmaps value of 11m/s must have included that distance and some time on the ground. The mah per km value is…"
Jan 7
Exmaps commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"@moglos, I see you have a 300km badge, so I got curious and found your log too. http://exmaps.com/2b5224 ; For comparison, you manage to do 72.8 mah/km , about 37% more efficient than Wesley's setup. "
Jan 7
Gustav Kuhn commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"Thanks Wesley, I played out your log, I see we are both in RSA :-) I so would like to organize a Drone Get Together, but distance does prevail here.... My big XUAV Talon is flying quite well, probably not quite as efficiently as possible, but…"
Jan 7

100KM
Wesley Versfeld commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"Gustav,  It was a simple 4 way-point mission, with a 5th way-point that was changed to a DO_JUMP command. Just enter the way-point which you want to jump to and the amount of times to execute the loop - in our case 55 times. "
Jan 7
Gustav Kuhn commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"Wesley, Did you have different way points for the corners? How do you set up such a repeat mission? I REALLY want to join the 100 Km club with my Talon :-)"
Jan 7

300km
moglos commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"Congrats. I would have thought the gradual descent might be due to change in air pressure during the flight, but that wouldn't explain it climbing on RTL at the end. The change in air pressure theory wouldn't explain why the logs show a…"
Jan 6
Ravi commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"congrats for this perfomance. i used the same batteries in 4P3S configuration (11.1V). i got 120 mins of flying with skywalker. the cruise was set to 47Km/Hr. so that means 94Km. i love this bird. my bird climbs 100m after i do RTL. although RTL…"
Jan 6

100KM
Wesley Versfeld commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"Thanks, the Exmaps output looks great, I can clearly see a gradual altitude drop of about 13m over the duration of the flight - wonder why this is? We had to RTL at the end of the mission, which was set to 100m before we uploaded the landing mission…"
Jan 6
Exmaps commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"Hi everyone, since the Tlog is shared, I uploaded it to Exmaps and its available here: http://exmaps.com/e40c4f lowest voltage under load was 12.72V (3.2V per cell), total mAh 11704 and 114.4 mAh/km. Not to sure why a sudden increase in…"
Jan 5

100KM
Wesley Versfeld commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"Thanks guys. We decided to throw caution to the wind and soldered the batteries ourselves. I wouldn't say it's safe to do so, but it worked for us by using hot soldering iron (150W) and applying no more than 3 seconds of heat at a time. A…"
Jan 5

MR60
Hugues commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"This is beautiful. How did you practically solder your cells together? Spot soldering? Other method?"
Jan 5

Admin
Gary Mortimer commented on Wesley Versfeld's blog post Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km
"Nice one let me give you a 100km badge. I might have to get some of those batteries for my Skywalker. Well done."
Jan 5

100KM
Wesley Versfeld posted a blog post

Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km

Went out to test a NCR18650b (4S4P) battery pack we quickly slapped together in our floppy Skywalker (taken a lot of hard landings). Our hope was to get around 90 mins flight time. The wind was constantly hovering around 20kph, so we never really went for distance.After some time in the air we got to 60km distance, then 70km, etc. At…See More
Jan 5

100KM
Wesley Versfeld replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Forgot to attach the log. "
Oct 26, 2014

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In the IT industry, and as a hobby been flying heli's since 2002, after getting bored I discovered APM - never looked back.
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Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 9:25am 14 Comments

Went out to test a NCR18650b (4S4P) battery pack we quickly slapped together in our floppy Skywalker (taken a lot of hard landings). Our hope was to get around 90 mins flight time. The wind was constantly hovering around 20kph, so we never really went for distance.

After some…

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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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