I have not been on DIY for a while. I moved on to racers and mini drones.
But I missed playing with Mission Planner and Tower.
Since I have been on this site the new FAA regulations were introduced. But thats 250g and above.
I like doing odd things with drones, I made the first APM LEGO drone,
So I decided to try to build a Sub 250g Fully Autonomous + Racer APM Based FPV Micro
Disclaimer: I know its not a real racer, I have a Vortex Pro 250 but I mean one I can race around not compete ;-)
I wanted Waypoints and also to be able to use ACRO mode to do freestyle.
Chris Anderson, I think sub 250 has a new market and something like this build could sell well at best buy, on the box it can say "no FAA registration needed", just an idea for you ;-)
I have not flown it yet because of a bad motor, but thought I would share what I have so far.
Below is the timeline of my build, enjoy
I started out with a 3d printed frame but went to a CF one for the light weight.
Adding the ESCs
Designed and printed a stand for my APM that sits above the Power Distribution Board
Adding the APM Mini
Adding the motors
Battery on the bottom
Added GPS and FPV, Fits in the palm of my hands
Checking the weight. First battery was too heavy by 12 oz, so I changed to a smaller battery. I need to find something with a weight in between,