Mike Thorlin
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About Me:
I am an engineer with 20 years experience in avionics, manned space, communications and defense projects.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I have always been fascinated by UAS and unmanned systems in general.
Scottsdale, AZ

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At 5:45pm on May 28, 2012, Carl La France said…

Hey Mike How is the rebuild going? I know you probably have some thing in the works

Take care and have a good day!


At 9:11pm on June 30, 2012, Mike Thorlin said…

Hello CarL... Apologies, I've been away from DIYDrones for a bit...

Still haven't fixed up the Skywalker.  I was waiting for a new telemetry module.  They are in now so it's just a matter of finding some time.

As I was waiting on the XBee module I decided to jump into the Quad Copter stuff for a bit - easier to jump outside to a park or the back yard for a quick test flight... If I wanted to fly the Skywalker I have to drive about 20 miles away and between that and the prep, it takes a half day.


Take care

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Quadcopter Park Flight with video...

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 8:30pm 4 Comments

I took the quad out the a nearby park for a more extensive flight.

All went very well, got 10+ minutes of great video.  The quad was carrying a 5000mAh battery and my Contour video camera.  I still am having difficulty identifying the orientation of the quad when it's quite a ways off, you can tell in the video where I am trying to establish which way…


Stepped over to the other Dark Side... Quadcopters

Posted on June 30, 2012 at 10:00pm 8 Comments

After the Latest Skywalker crash I decided that the build-fly-crash-build-(repeat) process was too slow, and I wasn't learning as fast as I'd hoped. 


I'd seen an ad at Hobby King for $20 Quadcopter frames... sounded like a good deal and I already had a matched pair of motors/ESC and APM2 so I decided to take the plunge and order the balance of the…


Skywalker Flight #4 - Resounding success...mostly

Posted on May 13, 2012 at 5:30pm 20 Comments

So my buddy Shad and I headed out to my flying spot to fly the Skywalker.

This time around I used my new roof-top antenna mount, with VTR and Planner PC mounted inside the SUV in the back seat.  I found a mount designed for an iPad which worked to hold the ASUS tablet behind the passenger seat headrest.  Worked perfectly. …


Ground station antenna mount...

Posted on May 11, 2012 at 12:30pm 5 Comments

I had previously setup my video receiver and telemetry set on a tripod with a PVC "mast" to establish height and antenna separation.  Xbee on one side, video receiver on the other.  My ASUS tablet PC hung in a case on the cross-bar between the two masts.  Video runs down to a Digital-8 video tape recorder, sitting on the ground because it's weight was difficult to balance on the wooden platform between the tripod and the PVC frame.  Power is provided by an AC inverter in…



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