I'm beginning a project to build an aircraft to map sections of the SF Bay for water quality monitoring. The aircraft needs to carry two gopros (one for visual, one IR) as far as possible. I have a lot of experience with pixhawks on quads but very little experience in building fixed wing drones.
I was looking at RMRC's Air Titan but that aircraft seems like overkill for carrying just two gopros. The SkyHunter is smaller, but I don't know anything about the range/payload capacity. I would greatly appreciate any help in choosing an airframe for this vehicle! Budget is sub $1000.
Two more questions: Is 60km range feasible while traveling > 9m/s? How much does wind affect performance?