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arashi commented on Mark's blog post Solid State, High Current Isolation Switch - New Product
"I used a Mosfet to accomplish this several years ago to eliminate parasitic losses while perching.What are the heat sink requirements?I always found that using a solid state switch is much safer than a plug, or mechanical toggle.  The beauty is…"
Jun 13, 2014
arashi replied to Joe Chello's discussion Artificial horizon going nuts over 3DR Radio only
"Which APM hardware are you using?"
Dec 28, 2013
arashi replied to peter christian's discussion 10000mah Battery capacity - seriously?
"I can vouch for the maxamps ones.  I have several 4S 11ah ones and they live up to the specs."
May 17, 2013
arashi replied to Elijah Wood's discussion Increasing flight time
"It is hard to troubleshoot without being able to calibrate the throttle.  I looked up your ESCs and it seems as though the throttle is "auto" calibrated somehow. If you are trying to get smooth yaw for video work, I would suggest…"
Apr 10, 2013
arashi replied to Sean Tierney's discussion FPV transmitter and camera powered off of 3S LiPo?
"I've used at least 5 types of 12v board cameras and vtx's directly attached to 3s batteries with zero issues.  I have, however, had problems with severe 433mhz interference from switching DC-DC converters.  If I'm using the…"
Apr 10, 2013
arashi replied to Elijah Wood's discussion Increasing flight time
"@Nano I used the default PID's and it flew fine. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears that your quad changes altitude a little and wobbles once when you yaw it.  Have you calibrated the throttle on all of the ESC's?When you…"
Apr 9, 2013
arashi replied to Elijah Wood's discussion Increasing flight time
"@Nano -   With a 2kg quad, 11ah 4s battery, NX 4006 530kv motors, and APC 14x4.7 props,  I was getting a reliable 35 minutes of flight time in actual flying conditions.   The battery did cost $300 though.  Since I was carrying a…"
Apr 8, 2013
arashi commented on Nick Weber's blog post My Techpod Nears Completion!
"What motor/prop combo did you use?"
Mar 24, 2013
arashi commented on John C.'s blog post 25% Discount at Our New Store
"Worked for me."
Mar 1, 2013
arashi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post CanberraUAV (ArduPlane) wins Outback Challenge!
"Congratulations, you earned it!"
Oct 8, 2012
arashi commented on wayne garris's blog post 3 days to go, $15,000 to raise. Its fly or die baby!
"Thank you Wayne for all of the effort you have invested in this project. Can't wait to get mine!"
Sep 19, 2012
arashi commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ATMOS, a VTOL plane with autonomous transitioning from vertical to horizontal
"The ATMOS team was using a modified Quadshot controller and the Paparazzi GCS. I witnessed the Quadshot team at Defcon 2011 doing transitions, but under RC control.  Maybe the key is "autonomous" transition.ATMOS probably would have…"
Sep 4, 2012
arashi commented on Earl's blog post Balloon #6 7-27-12 OOPS !
"Nice! What is the expected drop altitude? Are you using an RC control link also?"
Jul 30, 2012
arashi commented on OG's blog post NEW 4-in-1 Speed Control Quad HOBBYWING Skywalker Quattro
"4lb shipping weight, for 224g of fairly durable product, seem excessive? It shows $15.50 for (2) shipped to the US?"
Jul 25, 2012
arashi commented on OG's blog post NEW 4-in-1 Speed Control Quad HOBBYWING Skywalker Quattro
"@OG - It says I have to buy 5 minimum to get the $30 price?"
Jul 25, 2012
arashi commented on CrashingDutchman's blog post Hobbyking Super Simple Mini OSD
"Yes, I believe you just push the little white button to change position of the data on the screen. Sorry, it is the E-OSD and G-OSD that is reprogrammable with an…"
Jul 14, 2012

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My Arducopter UAVforge competition entry

Posted on March 3, 2012 at 6:00pm 41 Comments

After reading about the crowdsourced competition here on DIYDrones, I conjured up the audacity to enter an Arducopter into the fray.  Since then, the field has been reduced to 20 teams competing for 10 slots in a fly-off scheduled for May.

After some trial and error, I was able to assemble an Arducopter capable of completing the competition course. I passed the required live, directed demo indoors during a snowstorm last…


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At 1:27pm on January 25, 2011, Chris Allen said…
lol, the VT-3 U.A.V. is about the size of a paper plate. the names i give my planes is what i think could be done with them, and not actually what they can do. I am sure the right resources i could make it happen. but for now the only guidance system is my two thumbs a radio & receiver .:^)-[---(

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