Just thought I'd show some pictures of my new Bixler 2 FPV build. Had a few FPV flights already and have just ordered APM2.5 so will be able to get stuck in to UAV uses soon. I would like to use this as an aerial mapping platform to create google earth overlays. Just for fun right now, will perhaps think about commercial uses in the future but I already have a career in the RAF as an IT Technician and this is just a hobby right now.
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I have a working Bixler2 FPV. Uses 5.8 Ghz VTX and ER9x flight controls with Foxtech goggles. I am having some trouble with the Hobbyking EZ OSD and will replace it with Eagle Tree next week. But all in all it is an excellent platform.
I am planning to put an APM 2.5 in the Bixler1 as a first step into the UAV world.
I shall be installing the Hobbyking KK2.0 board this week for some stabilisation whilst I wait for my APM 2.5 to arrive. I'm looking at bigger LiPos now and with that hatch cut into the side I can fit the LiPo in there with the KK2.0(and later the APM) whilst having the GoPro up front hacked into the nose.
Looks neatly crafted. What transmitter is that in the second photo?
Oh, forgot to mention that the AUW is only 1.1kg
I will place the APM in here:
Right under the CG.
As for flight times, I'm currently running a 1450kv motor from Giantshark (clicky) with a 8x6e TGS prop. it's a bit gutless in terms of thrust but with the flaps deployed the Bixler 2 gains altitude no problem. I managed to only drain 700mah from a 2200mah 3S LiPo on my LOS and FPV maiden combined which included around 15 minutes total flight time but that includes 3 grass take-offs and 1 hand launch. the grass take-offs were on damp grass and i needed pretty much full throttle to get it moving. I estimate I could achieve at least 30 minutes flight time from a 2200mah 3S lipo in the right weather conditions, hopefully more.
I will be swapping out this motor for a 2200kv motor for the next few flights. do some thrust and battery usage tests with a different setup.
I think the 1450kv / 8x6 is fairly good for cruising around and UAV purposes whereas the 2200kv / 6x4 will be good for blasting around the skies FPV
Where would you put the APM? What length flight times are you getting?