Here you are some photographs of my flying robot.
It's a chinese replica of the t rex 450 equipped with brushless motor and lipo battery.
As you can see, there's a CMUcam mounted in the front. It points the helicopter in the direction (yaw control) of a coloured object, and follows it when this ascends or descends, lowering and raising height.
The new arduPilot mega with IMU shield is mounted on the tail boom, near the body. Currently it works just as a stabilization unit with little code modifications. In the future, when I'll have some spare time, I'll adapt it as an autopilot with gps guide and indoor navigation techniques such as the Polly algorithm (CMUcam software) which recognizes wall edges.
The goal of this project is to demonstrate (or not!) that cheap electronics and models can lead to a "successful" and reliable robot, to use as a platform for sensors.
in particular, the major goals to achieve are:
-long flight time
-almost absolutely fail-safe hardware and software, reliability
upgrades can be a controller such as the RoBoard, the roboRealm vision software and a camera
I'll post more as soon (long) as i have time to work