Hi there! After scrolling around for a couple of days on this site, it’s time for a first post. I am looking into building my own UAV, and this site along with RCgroups is a great source of information for a newbie like me. I have a background in remote sensing and image processing, but thought it would be nice to have my own little remote sensor in the air, instead of endlessly waiting for a good (cloudless) satellite or high-airborne imagery.
But before even thinking of taking pictures, I want to get an airframe airborne and test some GPS/IMU functionalities. At this moment I like the features of the x5-flying-wing (bevRC) but for a first plane this is probably too ambitious... . Instead I will probably go for the HK Bixler ARF and see how it handles my uncontrolled acrobatics.
I am also interested to integrate the ArduPilot Mega as the autopilot system. One question I don’t find an answer on is on the difference between the 2 GPS plugs (MediaTek vs U-BLOX5). Did anybody test both products in terms of vert/hor accuracy, DGPS possibility and reliability?
That’s all for now.. I hope to update you soon on my maiden flight. Now it is back to the simulator :)