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Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Anderson May 31, 2008. 1 Reply

connecting ent pnd gps unit to google earth

Started this discussion. Last reply by ian powell Feb 18, 2010. 30 Replies


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see google earth for distances.
i was a qualified weapons mechanic in the 70,s with the South African airforce
Johannesburg South Africa
This project was started because of bad weather ahead of our ships path and spotting good landing sites at the various islands etc.
Airframe must be able to travel about 500 kms.
Must be able to launch from ship and recover to ship.
Will comunicate with cellphone for data link(infra stat at sea).
Use a microchip ic(big fan of this company)
Modify the ENT gps pnd to use as nav instrument.
Code program as a criticail app.
Be cheap to make(remember we are fighting the mighty Dollar here).

See picture of proposed target for the first project.
Sounds impossiable (not in my book)

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Posted on May 22, 2008 at 12:28am 2 Comments

With the recent problems here the UAVS role will save lives and help monitor such outbursts. No need for people to be so close to record events.


Posted on May 21, 2008 at 4:22am 3 Comments

This looks interesting! As seen in the Polular Mechanics South African version
Looks promising in regard to my thoughts on the "Drug issue"
Does anybody have any info on specs and such like.


Posted on February 22, 2008 at 7:17am 3 Comments


Build an airframe to be able to travel aprox 900 miles.

Use a ENT pnd as the controller and gps platform.

Comunicate with the UAV via cellphone modem to laptop.

Use Google Earth as the mapping and position indicator.

Photograph the area of interest storing info on board UAV to be downloaded when recovered.


Using a SMD Accipiter Badius as a basis,enlarge the airframe by 2.5 times.

Using a weedeater motor, centre… Continue

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At 8:24am on May 24, 2008, Jeffrey Johnson said…
Ian, Could you be interested in contributing to a discussion/workshop on DIYDrones and DIYAerialImaging at the FOSS4G conference in Capetown at the end of September http://conference.osgeo.org/foss4g/2008 ... Send me a mail directly ortelius@gmail.com ... I have also contacted Gary Mortimer, but if there are others that could contribute, please let me know.

At 8:00pm on June 4, 2008,
Rory Paul
Hi Ian.

Just wanted you to know that there is another South African in the group. I am based in LA so if you need anything sourced here let me know. Sorry cannot help with the petrol price or eskom....;)
At 7:55am on August 3, 2008, Carl Visagie said…
Howzit Ian? We have been working seven tens, not much time for anything else. It should slow down some in a month or three. Then I will be able to join the rest of the world again for a while. How about you? How are things in the land of the "gravy train"?
At 3:02am on October 10, 2008, John said…
Ian, can you help me with the Route 66 south african map software for the ENT GPS please.

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