Vortex 700 First Flight
700 Class Trex Build (Flight Video to come still in editing)
My friend and I are in the process of building a Traditional Heli. I would love to get feedback from the community.
The Vortex 700 is a Traditional style Helicopter UAS designed with Police forces and Search and Rescue in mind. The Vortex 700 can be equipped with a variety of payloads depending upon the mission.
The Vortex 700 is designed around the Align Trex 700 Dominator mechanics, a proven, reliable helicopter.
The Vortex 700
Length: 53 in.
Height: 22 in.
Width: 8 in.
Main Rotor Diameter: 62 in
Empty Weight: 9 lbs.
Calculated Flight endurance: 30-45 min
Range: 2 miles (C2 Link depended)
Payload: 4 lbs
Auto Pilot: PixHawk from 3D Robotics
I've seen a few around... I'm trying to remember... Century Heli may have one, but only in one size, IIRC. Or check Airstar International. Really limited sizing though.
I don't think you have to abandon them entirely but, check them regularly. Overspeeding is a critical factor. Though I do wonder how they hold up to root shear when heavily loaded.
Thanks, I will look into them. However, I will make it a point to really look at them very good during both my pre-post flights.
I appreciate it.
Just a short update on the status of the rebuild.
Things to complete pprior to flights
I will post info after this weekends re-maiden of the vortex
Thanks for all the help guys. Truly appreciate it. Here's hoping there is no vibrations.
Great... cant wait to see it flying again.. good luck mate
Finally got it ready to fly again.
We test flew it on Saturday. All went well I had to perform some minor pitch and tail P adjustments. Performed 2-3 auto circuits and it flew just as good as before. Initial test flights had the stock low profile gear and I was so nervous that the tail would hit the ground, but all went well... I have completed the landing gear modifications and I have installed the payload box with ccd gimbal and photo mapping camera. The gimbal is a simple servo driven gimbal for roll and pitch compensation. it is utilizing a minimOSD with basic data. GPS, Voltage, amperage, altitude, etc... We will get some recorded footage this week end and continue the flight testing for possible demonstration early next year.
I want to thank everyone for their help during this project. I have learned so much. I will continue to update this blog on status so that everyone can learn from my mistakes...
Glad you got it back in action. hope to see a video from you soon... keep it up guys
please get the video up soon !!! :)
@UAS_Pilot, the bad AHRS comes up if you're using the EKF (i.e. AHRS_EKF_USE = 1) and the EKF hasn't quite settled yet. Normally it'll clear up by itself if you give it another 30 seconds or so. I don't suspect anything catastrophic if you take-off before it clears but I would just let the vehicle hangout on the ground for a bit until the message goes away (or arm/disarm) like you did.
Anyway, looking good!
Thanks Randy. I appreciate the guidance on that. I wanted to be safe on that.