Seeing the AR Parrot drone sparked interest for me in the field of POV flying and even UAV drones, and so searching around a bit, I found this site.
I have two questions, one, having viewed the SenseFly Swinglet (What appears to be a minimalist wing with a single motor), I have to ask if a similar project could be accomplished for less than the retail value of 9,000 dollars, which seemed ludicrous.
The other question, is what parts/expertise would I need, and what cost time/money would I need to build a project with the following functions:
Fixed Wing(Or Quadrocopter, whichever undertaking is cheapest)
Multi-Waypoint Auto Pilot
POV live video feed Flying as an option (What would the range and or latency be on a live video feed?)
Radio Controlled capability as a backup. Also, if possible, and preferably, controlled via laptop.
I am completely new to the hobby, and would like to know what modern technologies exist, and or do not exist, to accommodate the above features, and a Ballpark estimate as to how much I should expect to sink in to this hobby over the short and long term.
Many Thanks to the DIY Members, I enjoy reading the articles and such!