I took the quad out the a nearby park for a more extensive flight.
All went very well, got 10+ minutes of great video. The quad was carrying a 5000mAh battery and my Contour video camera. I still am having difficulty identifying the orientation of the quad when it's quite a ways off, you can tell in the video where I am trying to establish which way…Continue
After the Latest Skywalker crash I decided that the build-fly-crash-build-(repeat) process was too slow, and I wasn't learning as fast as I'd hoped.
I'd seen an ad at Hobby King for $20 Quadcopter frames... sounded like a good deal and I already had a matched pair of motors/ESC and APM2 so I decided…Continue
This time around I used my new roof-top antenna mount, with VTR and Planner PC mounted inside the SUV in the back seat. I found a mount designed for an iPad which worked to hold the ASUS tablet behind the passenger seat headrest. …Continue
I had previously setup my video receiver and telemetry set on a tripod with a PVC "mast" to establish height and antenna separation. Xbee on one side, video receiver on the other. My ASUS tablet PC hung in a case on the cross-bar between the two masts. Video runs down to a Digital-8 video tape recorder, sitting on the ground because it's weight was difficult to balance on the wooden platform between the tripod and the PVC frame. Power is provided by an AC inverter in…Continue
Almost finished with Skywalker fuse #2. I used liberal application of velcro to attached each camera. The ContourHD also uses a removable velcro/adhesive mount. The good part is that now I can turn the cam power on and set to record without having to remove the camera from the canopy ("cam-opy"?). As you can see…Continue
Just posted photos and video of my Skywalker. After the third(last) flight, the fuselage is a write off. Lots of work went into it. On the brighter side, the only electronic (expensive) item damaged was the $30 video camera for the video downlink. The ContourHD camera in the nose not only captured great HD video but also survived the crash (actually two crashes, two deployments to Afghanistan and the Warrior Dash on Saturday).