It has been a couple of weeks now and I'm getting more comfortable with my STABALIZE and LOITER set up on my 3DR quad. Still having some yaw issues but yesterday morning I was enjoying the fruits of my labor out at my local RC field.
In one of my last few flights I was testing the high decent stability oscillation I noticed from way up high about 150-200ft the props would almost stop while decending very rapidly and I applied power and it would keep level and stop the decent.
I did the stupid phrase with my friends cheering me on and said "hold my beer, and watch this!"
Well, I didn't have a beer. but I'm sure you all know what happens next..........
Took it up to about 200ft and cut the throttle all the way off. It never recovered and hit the ground quite hard.
Not too bright.
I'm up late collecting damage costs to repair and the DIY Drones store should see a nice order monday morning ;>)
Would a log file help?
#define MINIMUM_THROTTLE 130 // = 13% of throttle with the throttle stick to lower position (with motors armed)
Then explained why go with the throttle stick to zero in flight... :-)
Not knowing that this could even happen with the ESC's. You are a lot braver than i am to cut the throttle in mid-air. I have had my 3dr quad a couple of months and even in loiter when it starts to drift a little I panic and bring it back.
Yeah its not so good that the motors can stop completely when taking down throttle - because they might just not restart. I have done this stunt 100 times with my MikroKopters - no problem because they idle at zero throttle. The first time I tried to repeat it with my ArduCopter, same result as you.
I now have set up a mix between throttle and a switch on my tx. The switch adds a little throttle. It is OFF when arming motors and when calibrating R/C. Once armed, I flick it to ON and the motors idle and wont stall again..
I join the group, member #3 :)
More or less the same history, I was pushing it to its limits, I wanted to descend as fast as possible, one second after cutting the throttle it started to rotate in all directions like crazy and it finally... crashed :|
If you want to stop the motors, first flip upside-down. Then as it falls, the motors will spin in normal direction and can easily re-start.