Are there any plans to build an autopilot based on Raspberry PI ? That would make sense IMHO. There are two major advantages: one could use 3G modems to control the plane and cheapo USB webcamsContinue
"I agree - tailsitters are a way to go for many application. Simply place the drone on the ground, let it take off vertically, transition to horizontal, perform mission, and automatically land vertically. No problems with landing take off"
"This will become reality sooner than later. Most cost efficient for transportation companies - simple go from logistic centre A to logistic centre B/local wallmart. Truck drivers are going to lose their jobs and all other proffesions that…"
it took me a while to understand what you said about tailsitters. This isn't a tail sitter it's a classic quadrocopter with a slightly different frame. A tailsitter is a VTOL capable plane that takes off and lands vertically. Real…"
"Ok but why not a tail sitter ? You are never going to get a long range performance of a plane in a quadrocopter. Mind you that even a tailsitter won't be as efficient as a typical plane but it's much better than a quad. The design has to…"
"Jammers are damn simple to bypass anyway if you really want a DIY cruise missile. Just avoid RC equipment and telemetry at all. Just preprogram the mission and add a simple pcb that will fool the autopilot that the RC link is perfectly ok.
"The best part of it is that you never know what you get from your supplier. The Pentagon reports that they regularly find counterfeit components in avionics, missile guidance, telecom equipment, basically whatever you can think of. Mind you guys…"
"In most jurisdiction rendering a device inoperable is a crime. I am waiting for stories of deaths caused by this (given proliferation of those chips it would be hardly surprising). Involuntary butts## in prison in 3... 2... 1..."
"Personally I can understate those who oppose drones. You don't normally see real full size piloted planes and helicopters fly/hover 3-10 feet above someone's property. If you saw a guy flying in your backyard 3 feet above the ground…"
"IDK it seems possible, but I think it would be better to develop perching technology first. In case you have no idea what I am talking about I am referring to an idea to let drones perch/hang on power lines and recharge using power from the power…"