CORRECTION: During this video I say GPS operates on 900mhz, which is not correct. According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GPS#Satellite_frequencies) GPS operates on 1.57542 GHz (L1 signal) and 1.2276 GHz (L2 signal). I apologize for the error.
Here are a few tips when mounting your APM to your RC craft.
This is a part…Continue
I know, I know... after months of being away, I'm finally getting an airplane back in the air with the APM. It flew great and the APM, as always, was awesome. I'll be using the Raptor for a while and will start doing longer range flights via telemetry. Its also allowing me to complete the Beginner to Expert videos I'm making for the APM.…Continue
On this video I demonstrate how to connect your APM to the mission planner so you can test the onboard sensor's functionality.
So far I've gotten positive feedback on these Beginner to Expert videos, so I'll keep churnin' em out in hopes that future DIYD'ers can be helped by them. Check out the dedicated page on MyGeekShow: …Continue
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It's my turn to give back! As a way of saying thank you to all of you who have helped me along the way, I'm going to focus the next dozen or so Beginner to Expert videos on the APM!
I've been doing free "Beginner to Expert" videos over the last few months where I focus on a single principle and do a tutorial or a how-to that hopefully, will help others along in the hobby. The APM videos are specifically aimed at helping those who are brand…Continue
The USA trip is back in focus! (I had taken a few weeks off to do a side project)
I'm also announcing a new airplane, the Polaris; a combination of the Nova and Shrike. It will feature a longer endurance airframe and power supply, and, of course, full automation through APM.
I'll capture the build process while I build the Polaris, and present it as a build log for others to follow along.
More about the USA…Continue
While adding the AMP to the Shrike, we wanted to understand Flying Wings a little better and explore expos. We incrementally increased expose to 0%, 30%, and 60%, then flew the Raptor with the existing vertical stabilizer at 100%, 50%, and 0%. We were surprised to find that it flew just fine with 0% stabilizer! This test was in low wind, however, so it will…Continue
We successfully re-maidened the Shrike! Turns out that our elevons had excessive throws, we had insufficient expo's and the wing mounted too far to the nose causing a tail heavy environment.
It's still a little tail heavy, but we're getting closer! Anything you notice that demands to be fixed/improved?
See you Saturday,
-Trent & Nick
On this week's episode of MyGeekShow we flew the Raptor and Nova, at the same time! The Nova flew great and has totally restored our faith in the "traditional" airframe setup. The Raptor flew good as well, however the prop fell off and got lost in the tall grass somewhere. How do you prevent that from happening?
Tell us what you think of the new…Continue
I tested the auto landing feature on the APM I've installed on my Nova. Unfortunately, something has gone awry with the APM (the ADC may have failed) and the APM couldn't load the accelerometers or gyroscopes, causing a stabilization and auto flight mode failure.
I'll be repairing that as soon as possible, and work on getting the Nova back in the air. Meanwhile, I'll do some FPV flights to see if I can't start getting the hang of…Continue