I am a forester from Northern Ontario Canada. I have been following Mikrokopter, and arducopter more recently. I am looking to plan a winter build. I am a GIS and remote sensing tech guy, with mission planning experience. I have used full sized helicopters for aerial image capture, but at $1500/hr, you can imagine how much work gets asked for. I have looked at draganfly, and aeryon locally as well as microdrone from europe for the full package... but really, my budget does not warrant this, and I don't want to give over control of my images though a bs licence agreement.
I have looked at hoverfly, and gluonpilot... all look pretty decent, but now I am just pretty overwhelmed.
I do compliance monitoring. When a forest company screws up, I need to document it. A VTOL is the most viable solution for me in the field. The following lists the capabilities that I am looking for:
1) needs to carry dual Sony NEX 5 cameras, or panasonic camcorders
2) needs to be an octo frame and very inexpensive, as I may destroy it in its first season (hoepfully not)
3) it needs to have a minimum of 4Hz logging x,y,z, yaw, pitch, roll, altitude, and time to an ascii file onboard.
4) needs wifi connectivity so it can be run from a tablet PC, or Trimble DGPS unit in the field:)
5) gps hold, altitude hold, wapoint nav, come home...
6) I would like to run 13" props
7) wireless camera sync (may need to hack the IR remote)
8) I would need to be able to overide the waypoint nav with RC transmitter
9) onboard video link for FPV
Am I missing anything?
I am from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and have the ability to drop ship to the border. Is anyone up for the challenge? I will be posting a list of parts, and hope that you guys will correct me in my misteps. Once the list has been compiled to match my needs, I will order the parts and either try to build it myself, or ask one of you guys to assemble and test it. I am willing to pay for that service.