About

Gender

Male


Location

Johannesburg, Gauteng


About Me:

I'm a dad, hub, surveyor, manager, programmer, gardener and robotic hobbyist - in that order.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

I'm having fun - flying robots seems like an awesome idea. Then I would like to make them work.


Hometown:

Johannesburg


Activity Feed

Antonie Kruger replied to ishfaaq jhaumeer's discussion Heavy lift octocopter for DSLR, using pixhawk, could you verify that everything is fine?
"Hi Ishfaaq, some thoughts on your request.
You want a multi rotor that you built yourself to lift an expensive camera in a stabilizing and vibration controlling gimbal.
The short answer is - yes. The Pixhawk AP is a mature system and is extremely re…"
Oct 1, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to John Siberia's discussion Construction of the big flying wing (the help is necessary)
"Hi John,
What is your application for this wing. Looking at the concept, you have a landing problem if it is not a parachute landing. The fins, dome and prop/motor will not survive. Determine your payload, get the dimensions of the kit you want to l…"
Sep 2, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Bert's discussion Skywalker 1900 , gridmission skipping patch and not following waypoints correct
"HI  Darryl
Some suggestions :
1. You must do a proper auto tune on your bird - start here : http://ardupilot.org/plane/docs/automatic-tuning-with-autotune.html...
2. Make sure your rudder control is in the right direction in the Stabilize modes(FBW…"
Aug 10, 2018
Antonie Kruger commented on Arnaldo Santos's blog post New personal UAV BlackFly Opener
"HI Arnaldo, that looks very cool, thanks for sharing - it is a manned aircraft though, not a UAV - unmanned aerial vehicle."
Jul 22, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Oscar Renato's discussion The throttle on my pixhawk 2.4.8 does not work in ArduCopter User Group
"Hi Oscar,
When you arm the AP with the safety switch it releases the servos. You have to arm the motor with the throttle/rudder stick pushed to the bottom right for a few seconds. Here is the link : http://ardupilot.org/plane/docs/arming-your-plane.…"
Jul 1, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to El7ias's discussion Help! No throttle or steering response! in ArduRover User Group
"HI El7ias
This might seem like a stupid questions:
1. Did you calibrate your radio(RC transmitter) in mission planner? AP must know where the PWM starts and ends.
2. Is your signal cable from the AP to the ESC/speed controller on the right pin - did…"
Jul 1, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Darrel Maddy's discussion How to slow a flying wing
"Buddy, my point is that your camera takes to long to take the pic. The A6000 should manage an exposure at 1 second if not less. I use a QX1 at 1.65 seconds with a 20mm lens and a A6500 at one second with a 16mm lens. Maybe the issue is with your len…"
Jun 24, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Darrel Maddy's discussion How to slow a flying wing
"Hi Darrel,
The speed you define in your mission is the airspeed.
In my experience, the only way to get the exposure rates you want is to limit the 'AUTO' settings on your camera. This is where the bottleneck comes in. You have to optimize your camer…"
Jun 24, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to UAV Skies's discussion Insulator between boards
"HI,
There is a commercial product called Mylar used in the electrical and composite industries. In the electrical it is used as an insulator and in the composite industry it is used as a molding /vacuum bagging tool. Im sure there are a million othe…"
Jun 24, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Greg Kosin's discussion Yard patrol rover in ArduRover User Group
"HI Greg,
This sounds like a job for a sentry gun. There are quite a few projects out there. Here is one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QcfZGDvHU8
I crack up every time I watch this video - that's funny stuff. I want to build one with my son and h…"
Jun 18, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Bert's discussion Skywalker 1900 , gridmission skipping patch and not following waypoints correct
"Brent,
I've forwarded the file. Please keep in mind that the setup depends on your servos, servo lengths, servo speed ect. This setup tracks like my bird is on rails - very good.
I have a large composite 2.5m V-tail pusher setup that lifts a larger…"
Jun 5, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Bert's discussion Skywalker 1900 , gridmission skipping patch and not following waypoints correct
"Hi Bert,
I'll send a PM with a link to the file."
Jun 5, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Bert's discussion Skywalker 1900 , gridmission skipping patch and not following waypoints correct
"Hi Bert,
I use the Skywalker for mapping. I looked at your images and here is my 2c worth:
1. The lines followed by the bird were quite straight and running parallel to the mission line. They seem to run right of the mission line on all occasions(No…"
Jun 1, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to Chuck Martin's discussion In flight controller failures in ArduPlane User Group
"Hi Chuck,
Some of those type of failures were caused by "brownouts" on the flight controllers due to unregulated voltage supply from an ESC. With the new power modules supplying regulated voltage the controller failures have reduced a lot. Another r…"
Jun 1, 2018
Antonie Kruger replied to John Easton's discussion Pixhawk Boat Project for Large Area Mapping in ArduBoat User Group
"HI John, great project.
Your boat might be veering to starboard because of pontoon or hull alignment.
Have you tried higher STEER2SVR values yet? It seems that the weaving is an over correction. I had the same with my skid steer Rover. I'm running a…"
Apr 9, 2018
Antonie Kruger commented on Abhinav Pandey's blog post CF flying wing
"Hi, that's great. What camera do you intend to use? 1.2kg all up seems light for a survey setup.
How do you launch it?
Looks good."
Feb 9, 2018
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