Decided to build a hexacopter that will have maximum lift weight of its class, flight time (optimal goal) and room to mount almost every sensor/accessory for field testing. So we modified a tarot frame to meet our needs. Next, we will be building an aluminum based frame but the goal is to reach 45 min to 1 hr flight time by applying a concept that was developed by US Navy some long time ago. (A new frame design will be required)
The copter should be ready by the end of the next week. I will post videos of the test flight. We have obtained permission with the manned aircraft flying field located in Northern California with the permission of local airport manager. We will be using a commercial, almost never used airfield near Mono Lake.
The over all project objective is to build a drone with farthest transmission range, 4G/LTE video, and telemetry backup, redundant telemetry via satellite as well as ultra long range Tx/RX combo. So three telemetry backup solutions.
iSkyMaster is also developing solar powered autonomous recharging/battery swap solution for Drones (More to disclose later).
Configuration as follows:
1. PixHawk 2.4.8 "or" Pixhawk 2
2. 2 x 6S 10,000 mAH batteries.
3. 6 x T-Motor Anti gravity MN4006 KV380 = 2.3 KG Thrust per motor = 13.8 Kg total thrust capacity.
4. 6 x 1555 props.
5. 6 x 40AMP, BL Heli ESC
6. 6 x LED High intensity.
1. Futaba 14SG.
2. 100 km range ad on TX and Rx from SCHERRER UHF Military grade system.
1. One camera Gumbel (STORM 32BGC) and one backup Video camera with recording.
2. uAvionix ADS-B (manned Aircraft Drone Avoidance System).
3. 2 Watt Video Tx.
4. Drone Tracker.
5. Lidar Solution.
6. Air Speed Sensor
If anyone wants us to test or try out anything, feel free to provide suggestions. This could be a nice community driven project.
We are also planning to do a fixed wing, long range test if possible.
Progress Report: Week 2
Frame ready, motors mounted, FC programmed, initial prop and power test. Throttle at only 5% :) Very powerful T-Motors for sure.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/qjryZ0EpIXQ