I want one!!! the link is below.
with the proper sensors we can do this right?
Did the article say what sensors they used? I read it but didn't see anything that said how they were actually detecting the ground.
@Grant, This was discussed a while back... they have an onboard representation of the entire Earth's terrain.
Maybe we can use altimeter data from Google Earth to do the same thing
The sensor making this work is GPS and probably baro altimeter, which APM already has. It's sensors that are needed, it's a large terrain data base on board the aircraft. The android had a terrain map in it's vast flash memory. I took a team over a year to do this?
so what happens when that tree grows 5 more meters
I thought this bit of the report was telling:
The last flights were not without a few glitches that are often the hallmark of experimental flight testing and software development, ranging from computer cooling issues in the ground control station van, to a non-responsive left actuator on the DROID research aircraft. The latter challenge forced the project team to disassemble the aircraft’s wing, where they discovered wires had separated. Innovative repairs were made in the field requiring a creative use of the minimal resources available, and the aircraft was again ready to fly."
Seems very familiar 'Innovative repairs' - that will be twisting the wires together then...
Using zipties to hold the servo connectors together.
The un-innovative solution would be simply to use one of the many clips made to serve the same purpose. ;)
wonder if you could fly a drone on mars for greater range of exploration. Does anyone know the atmospheric data and if flying would be possible there?
Can't fly on Mars reasonably. Almost as much gravity with much thinner air.
Jan, NASA has at least one project to do exactly that, though I'm not sure of its current status: http://marsairplane.larc.nasa.gov
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