We are now live at www.skycat.pro. The development project continues, and updates are added to this blog in random intervals.
We have parachutes launchers available in many weight ranges; optimal 1 - 6 kg and these could be extended with higher impact level up to 11 kg. For larger up to 23 kg multicopters we have XL - series with pilot chute principle.
For those who wants to digest all information available of products, we have left this blog as it is. This blog follows closely main steps we have gone through while developing parachute launcher. Blog might feel like Do It Yourself kind and to be honest, in the beginning it was.
After hundreds of hours thinking, designing, prototyping and testing our patent pending launcher turned to be the most reliable parachute launcher for professional use. We have searched all possible boundaries of technology and from this blog you'll find results of these successful tests but also not so successful tests.
You never know where The final limit of technology is without experiencing it. That's the reason why we have done tests for scenarios which might not be even realistic on flight.
For production versions of Skycat we could proudly to say that we have experienced zero mishaps, never failed a single eject and parachute has deployed every time. This includes rescue scenarios with every imaginable scenario copter could face in air. Check this out as one sample of our test sessions!
Skycat parachute launcher has been tested beyond all imaginable abuses copter possibly could experience in flight. We have sink it to water, it has been heated hours to 90°C and exposed to extensive moisture, we have frosted, defrosted and frosted it again, it has been in mud and snow and still it has worked. Same overshooting tests we have done also for electronics. This is not promise you can use our products outside of submarine but we have tested it so :)
Fly safe - Let's keep our copters flying!
DJI Inspire 1 / Skycat X55-CF parachute integration by www.remotevision.ch:
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Hi Henri, I'm here ready to help when it comes to the coding changes in arducopter to help support the moving of a servo or relay to deploy the parachute either when the copter thinks it's in trouble or when the user wants to activate it with ch7 or ch8 auxiliary switch.
Thanks Randy! Coding is most difficult part of project for me. I'll post updates here whenever is something to tell or ask.
What's the size of the parachute?
After Googling and consulting one skydiver friend I found better to try this with pilot chute. Construction might be lighter that way also.
But, where I can find suitable pilot chute? Main chute arrived yesterday.
These has suitable chutes for pilot use but shipping is so expensive: http://aeroconsystems.com/
Ah, that's a good idea. Only $12 as well.
Very interesting Henry!
A drogue might be an idea to open the main parachute but it would take longer. In your video, it openned very fast because it seems to be very windy, but imagine if there was no wind and your multirotor had a problem and started to fall? It would take some meters until you had enough airspeed to pull the main chute