Well I don't know whether to laugh or cry. I had a horrific crash a couple of months ago, so I've been laying low. Then last week I started to piece everything together and get back into it VERY SLOWLY and carefully.
Some of you (on facebook) helped me look at my logs from 3 simple flights just to foresee any problems, everything looked ok: http://diydrones.com/group/iris/forum/topics/please-check-my-logs
So yesterday I assemble a brand new Tarot 2D gimbal, and also pieced together a couple of broken GoPros and made 1 that would record. Just scraping up the pieces to get back into it slowly, ya know?
I took it to the park tonight, a different park and I made sure to STAY OVER THE GRASS AT ALL TIMES, and no higher than 10 meters for the most part. I flew several auto missions I just drew up tonight in DroidPlanner2. Just quick flights, relatively low to the ground, and I brought 3 batteries.
I was testing different flight patterns and waypoint functions in DroidPlanner, nothing too crazy. A pause here for 10 seconds, a 10 meter circle around this area, point the camera here, no big deal, right???
I'm in my 4th flight and using my 3rd and final battery for the night. The audio comes on and says "Battery at 90%" so I'm like ok, cool. I'm just letting it run it's auto mission that probably would have lasted a grand total of 3 minutes, and the son of a bitch drops out of the F#^%ing sky AGAIN like a rock, NO WARNING. I break one of the blue arms, and my BRAND NEW F$*%ing gimbal snaps off of the Iris.
Is this a joke?
So anyways, here I go again, I'll put this one in to 3DR support with almost ZERO confidence, let's see if they'll offer 30 bucks off of something again and find a way to suggest it was all my fault.
Here are the logs, and better yet I've got the video. What else can I provide you fine folks? I'll just share the Dropbox folder with all 4 logs from tonight, and of course the crash is the latest log. I would absolutely love some analysis on what went wrong.
And the video. I can share the other videos from the earlier flights tonight, but they are uneventful, just going to a dozen waypoints, looking at points of interest, pausing, and landing.
The crash happens at 2:37, and I think it's just absolutely adorable how the motors continue to spin EVERY TIME it crashes even if it's upside down, as if there is no setting on the compass that can turn those damned motors off.