Johannesburg, Gauteng

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I'm a computer scientist, engineer and general tinkerer.

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I build my first quad. Now to learn to crash it less.



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Nicolas replied to Damo's discussion Ublox lea-6h no GPS lock in ArduCopter User Group
"A cold start to full fix (inlcuding having the entire almanac) should take no more than 14 minutes. I doubt that it is a problem with insufficient power, but you could try this by powering them from a USB hub that has an external power supply.
May 3, 2013
Nicolas replied to Michael's discussion Pressure sensor with 10 cm altitude resolution in ArduCopter User Group
"That's exactly what is onboard the APM 2.5.

Barometric pressure sensor upgraded to MS5611-01BA03, from Measurement Specialties."
Mar 4, 2013
Nicolas replied to Randy Brazeau's discussion The Need for Speed or Not in ArduCopter User Group
"Fastest my X Quad has gone is around 60 km/h - but only with three motors and mainly due to gravity. Actually, entirely due to gravity."
Dec 21, 2012
Nicolas replied to 2ygscugoru1kc's discussion Failsafe on Spektrum DX6i in ArduCopter User Group
"I have a Spektrum DX7s with AR8000 receiver, so my knowledge applies to this pair - and should hopefully apply to yours. 
Out of the box, my TX had a lower limit of around 1100 PWM - as confirmed in the APM Planner. One of the RX/TX failesafe modes…"
Dec 18, 2012
Nicolas commented on Ricky Curwood's blog post Fire-fighting Drones?!
"Silly mericans. 1 litre of water weighs exactly 1 kilogram...silly pounds and gallons"
Dec 11, 2012
Nicolas replied to Marque Cornblatt's discussion Using an Extra Channel to Trigger a Servo on a Hexa in ArduCopter User Group
"I have the same radio (and not much experience with it) and found that most of the additional switches aren't used by default, other than:
Chan 5: Gear - 2 way - top, left.
Chan 6: Flaps - 3 way - top, left
Chan 7: AUX2 Pot. 
Why not use the AUX?2…"
Oct 30, 2012
Nicolas replied to Nicolas's discussion My first flight and first crash: Flight mode switching between stabilize and RTL.
"Hi, sorry if my posting is a little disjointed, my nerves are still going wild."
Oct 28, 2012
Nicolas posted a discussion
After 2 weeks of building, reading and testing, I took my quad out for its first flight today. I hated every minute of it. I had flight modes set set to Stabilize on all three positions on the assigned switch on my transmitter.I had about 5 seconds…
Oct 28, 2012
Nicolas replied to Pat's discussion GoPro "jello"
"I use Virtualdub to process my GoPro videos, and a deshaker filter (http://www.guthspot.se/video/deshaker.htm) to get rid of the jello. The deshaker filter has a massive amount of parameters, most of which are mystical to me. The results are quite…"
Aug 12, 2012