About

Location

Toronto


About Me:

Avid Heli/RC enthusiast, with a background in inspection and imaging for heavy industry.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Seeking to develop GIS & mapping UAV, based on the Ardupilot system.


Activity Feed

Patch Thompson commented on Applied Aeronautics's blog post Applied Aeronautics - Albatross Design Contest
"Any more info available regarding the Catapult, Parachute system, Servo covers and flight performance from the kickstarted participants? I'm looking to place an order for two airframes and a couple spare fuselages, but would love to hear some review…"
Dec 9, 2015
Patch Thompson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post ROS support for Swiftnav Piksi RTK GPS
"Has anyone successfully integrated this or similar(REACH RTK?) into a commercial application with Pixhawk or APM? Specifically with GIS?"
Dec 9, 2015
Patch Thompson replied to Will's discussion I'm a cop and need help making a drone, as well as some info
"Contact Jeff Jackson at InfiniteJib.com. He has exactly what you're looking for, and carries the new FLIR A series HD cameras.  Tell him Patrick sent you, he'll take good care of your needs.

Best,

Patrick Thompson"
Feb 24, 2014
Patch Thompson replied to u4eake's discussion X8 distance/endurance records in X8
"It shouldn't be a problem, there's been a few flights around 1.5 hours, including this one:
1:25 flight

With a little weather/flight planning and a good 3s setup, 100k should be attainable. If you're going for ultra endurance, there's a lot of grea…"
Jan 14, 2013
Patch Thompson posted a blog post
The kickstarter project: "IR-Blue" is an affordable thermal imaging accessory for iPhone and Android Devices. See the world in a new way. 
Dec 21, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on Randall Kolchins's blog post Low Cost Thermal Pan Tilt Zoom (FLIR PTZ) Gimbal WISH LIST
"Thanks for working with the forum on this, it's sure to be a mutually beneficial relationship.

I'd like to see the following options in your future product lines:
1) Interface with APM for stabilization, with breakouts as Scotty suggested.
2)Sacrif…"
Dec 11, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Erk. My home town, Berkeley, wants to establish a "no drone zone"
"Maybe the next employee you hire at 3DR should be a lobbyist???? There must be a few, here in the ranks of DIYDrones.com, no?"
Dec 11, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on crystal garris's blog post Techpod production update
"Great work! Where can we find information on Recommended Power Systems for the Techpod? It would be great to begin compiling set ups for performance evaluation."
Dec 10, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on Ole Martin Gladhaug's photo
"DIY X100?? Very nice work! What area & resolution can you map in a single flight?"
Dec 10, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on Ole Martin Gladhaug's photo
"Nice!"
Dec 10, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on Vladimir "Lazy" Khudyakov's blog post Fuse build progress...
"Can you up the payload a bit? I'd like to throw BOTH my kids in it........ "
Dec 7, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Guy renders gorgeous fantasy UAV, then 3D prints it
"Do aerodynamics really play a big part in a platform meant for fixed observation? Seems to have a pretty large cross profile. As for the shocks; in a hard landing, compression would crush that bottom module, and the added weight is a detractor from…"
Dec 5, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Guy renders gorgeous fantasy UAV, then 3D prints it
"Looks great, but does form meet function? Or is this just a demonstration of aesthetic/creative abilities? There doesn't seem to be any significant engineering that warrants a technical advantage, over a simple tube-frame design, IMHO. Nice concept…"
Dec 5, 2012
Patch Thompson commented on Patrick Davis's blog post CO2 Parachute System
"Don't attempt a CO2 system; IMHO, it's the wrong approach. Check out Rouse-Tech co2 systems for deployment; we use those in place of FFFF black powder systems, when employed in High Power Rockets exceeding 30,000' AGL. The rest of the time, it's a s…"
Nov 30, 2012
Patch Thompson replied to McCarthy Wynkoop's discussion Interested in UAVs but want unconventional setup
"COFDM Transmitter"
Nov 30, 2012
Patch Thompson replied to Stefano Santucci's discussion 3 Axis Synchronous Belt Drive Aerial PTZ Pan Tilt Zoom Camera Mount/
"Stefano,

Geared reduction on external, mutli-turn pots, on the final axis drive shaft, give excellent results, IMHO. There are some very precise antenna trackers out there using this with the APM for accurate positioning. You're definitely on the r…"
Nov 27, 2012
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