"Well, V-tail has fewer bits of tail so it's more convenient to manage. However, convenience in storage and assembly should not really trump performance. All in all, the Fighter looks like a really nice design. According to the tests mentioned in thi…"
"Very cool. What is the power consumption at cruising speed at full takeoff weight (and how different is it between the hand launch and the VTOL version)?
How come you didn't go for a V tail like in the Believer?"
"Using your own flight controller means you 'll have an uphill battle for adoption later on (one you will lose). The popular firmwares do what they do because that is what 99% of the users need (plus they already provide a modest window for what the…"
"Offboard control will have to become the norm for vision based systems. The (quite demanding) computational muscle dictates the sensory hardware for vision systems. It is a very good idea to separate the electronics at the board level and allow each…"
"Low R means either multirotors or specially designed planes. What if you forget about decreasing R? Are we anywhere near increasing D to the point where it might be usable to the typical unmodified plane (let's say close to 100 metres or even more b…"
"Connect a companion computer (a Raspberry Pi is fine for simple CV and quite cheap) to the autopilot, use whatever tools you want for CV on the companion and use dronekit to tell the autopilot what to do.
"Get a cheap but reasonably good transmitter that will last you for years and can be used across multiple models. Personally, I am quite happy with FRSky stuff, both the Taranis X9D and QX7 series have enough functionality to keep you happy for a ver…"
"It sounds very odd that it would fly to a false home since home is set to the arming location by default unless you had done some fairly surreal changes to the params. The only other way I can think of that this might have happened is if you armed b…"
"Do you have a telemetry log? I agree with Chris, sounds rather odd. I routinely ignore compass whining in planes but have COMPASS_LEARN switched on. In many of my flights, the compass is pointing totally wrong when on the ground, then I take off, sw…"
"Depends how close you are to the magnetic pole I guess, it's still a long way from the edge to the pole.
Also, it's mostly copters who are throwing a fit about compasses, fixed wings can generally ignore them and fly cheerfully on IMU and GPS. Given…"
"3D printer. I would suggest Prusa so you can print some spare parts. You need ventilation so ideally, in an enclosure that keeps it at room temperature while dumping the fumes out. Super ideally, with a heat exchanger so you don't waste heat."
"What do you mean by dropping drastically?Please look at the LiPo discharge curves here. Notice the difference in measured voltages due to increased voltage drop caused by higher current being drawn.
Dropping drastically immediately the moment you dr…"