About

Gender

Male


Location

Priest River, ID


About Me:

Graduated mechanical engineering from University of Idaho. Since then I teamed up with a computer scientist and computer engineer with plans on working into a drone based start up company.


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Long duration and high performance drones, particularly gasoline powered quad copters.


Hometown:

Priest River


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Silas Van Natter commented on Silas Van Natter's blog post Gas Powered Single Engine Variable Pitch Quadcopter
"Hi Michael, We still don't have a solid solution to the control but what I did in the picture is just use an Arduino Uno and a potentiometer. If you see the brown wire in the bottom right hand corner of the picture that is all I used for control. I…"
Jun 7, 2016
Silas Van Natter commented on Silas Van Natter's blog post Gas Powered Single Engine Variable Pitch Quadcopter
"Things are slow on this project but we did make it past the vibration issues. We have a pretty serious isolation system now. This breaks the rigid connection between the sensors and the frame so I have some mixed feelings about that. The main proble…"
Dec 10, 2015
Silas Van Natter commented on Silas Van Natter's blog post Gas Powered Single Engine Variable Pitch Quadcopter
"Ambitious, but a controls engineer might be able to pull it off. On my end we've been stuck with stability issues for months. I've got a short clip of the first tethered flight I'll try to post in a somewhat timely manner, but everything after that…"
Aug 23, 2015
Silas Van Natter commented on Silas Van Natter's blog post Gas Powered Single Engine Variable Pitch Quadcopter
"Took a quick look on eBay and found some of those 450 class stretch blades. These will be geometrically straight across compatible with my current build. My frame is unnecessarily big at the moment and will easily fit the 500 sized rotors too. I was…"
May 5, 2014
Silas Van Natter commented on Silas Van Natter's blog post Gas Powered Single Engine Variable Pitch Quadcopter
"5mm... There are hundreds of 5mm bearings and hundreds of 6mm bearings to chose from. Not so much with gears, especially for my size, strength, and operating speed. Guess if I'm forced to go down this path it will be easier to have someone lathe the…"
May 3, 2014
Silas Van Natter commented on Silas Van Natter's blog post Gas Powered Single Engine Variable Pitch Quadcopter
"Ok, I'll stop mentioning better stability over a traditional helicopter. And for the outward sling topic I guess it could go one of three ways. One- everything works just fine forever. Two- everything works just fine for a while before bearings and…"
May 3, 2014
Silas Van Natter commented on Silas Van Natter's blog post Gas Powered Single Engine Variable Pitch Quadcopter
"AUW is about 20 pounds including half a gallon of gas which is a kilogram of the flight weight. By my math this will let me fly one hour. I have not had the chance to run that much gas through this thing yet my but my first test proved that the felt…"
May 3, 2014
Silas Van Natter replied to Lekhraj Rana's discussion Hybrid power system
"Lekhraj,
I'm new to DIY Drones but I've logged quite a few hours looking into this concept for my own quadcopter power endeavorers. The math I had checked out, but barely. Don't expect a heavy lifter. The fixed wing may buy you some flight time thou…"
May 2, 2014
Silas Van Natter commented on Silas Van Natter's blog post Gas Powered Single Engine Variable Pitch Quadcopter
"Pedals2Paddles- A engine-generator-motor was my second design theory approach as the traditional battery-motor builds only run 40 minutes optimally and 20 for the payload requirement. After much research and calculations I concluded that generator a…"
May 2, 2014
Silas Van Natter posted a blog post
Hi Everyone,Heres a "little" project I started a little less then a year ago. It all begin with design requirements of a quadcopter with a 10 pound payload for a one hour flight time and ended up with a gasoline/variable pitch build. At the time and…
May 2, 2014