I'm just getting all my equipment sorted out for FPV on the quad, but made some good progress today that I thought I'd share.
I got the idea for a standalone FPV pod from flitetest. Just wanted to get things working quick and dirty for both the quad and the…Continue
I am currently working on integrating an object tracking algorithm of my own making into the Mission Planner. The algorithm combines Lucas-Kanade and SURF and attempts to learn negative and positive reinforcement values as it runs. Right now it is in the early stages of development, but I hope to have something fully functional within a few…Continue
After a few rough landings (cough crashes) and subsequent repairs, I got the feel for flying FPV. Canadian thanksgiving was this weekend, and there were still some nice colours in the trees. Just thought i'd share.
This is a port of Flytrons USB2PPM Project Compufly with enhancements
You can use multiple usb sources and map any axis and button to any channel of your choice.
You can also map multiple buttons to the same channel and adjust the ppm value to them for a 3 way switch with 3 buttons type set up
Finally a somewhat nice enough of a day for us to put another flight on the new Javelin Mk2. It's very windy however and cross wind too - I do hate Melbourne weather.
In this flight, I'm just getting the control surface angles and mixings dial in so we can input that into the autopilot. All live telemetry was recorded.
It flies really well and plenty of power and lift. Current weight comes in at 11kg with a design max gross of 16 - 17kg
Price: 94.95 USD
There has been some posts lately about people building and trying to fly full scale multi-copters. Following this trend I though I should share the most successful project I have seen so far. Mr. Ivoprop over at youtube seem to have a fully working octocopter design built around…Continue
Just want to share a relaxing sunday RC flying with friends at Elk Grove. Flown with homemade quadcopter/ Multiwii FC and GoPro.…Continue
A couple flights this morning using my trusty old ArduPilot Legacy & ArduIMU. Separate Mediatek GPS's on both AP and the Remzibi OSD. A Hobbyking 420 TVL camera provides the video sent back to the ground via a BOB Fox 700 1.2GHz transmitter. FPV is done with video goggles. Radio is a Hitec Aurora 9.
On my 3rd major rebuild of my custom-framed AC2 after losing her to strong wind (stupidity really) and I'm again relishing the opportunity to change further aspects of the design. I'm REALLY hanging to see the OSD integration the boys are working on (come one Jani, hook me up!!!!!). The thought occured that if I wanted to fly really close to the ground in…Continue
It starts to get really interesting at about 3 minutes into the film.…Continue
This week I flew and crashed my MTP3. I know, I know, I crash more than I fly sometimes!
I learned a lot from this experience;
1.) Rudder/elevator needs to be much larger, or keep it at a standard of 1/3rd of the wing area
2.) Don't expect control surfaces to work if they don't have any air going over them
3.) CG (at least for me) never really works at 33%, it needs to be more like 25% or even 20% on my clark-y…Continue
I have recently been pushing the limits of the XBee Pro to see how far it can go.
Unfortunately my current plane (SkyFun) only has a 38 minute duration and a maximum travel distance of 20km, this means the furtherst I have been able to go is 10Km (a 20Km return trip).
I have a 14dB patch antenna which has still shown signal of 85%+ out at this…
I'm going to be in London on Oct 13th and 14th for the Wired UK conference (where there will be an ArduCopter demo--thanks to those coming to do that). For those who can't make it to the conference, I'm hosting a meetup dinner at 7:00pm on Thurs, Oct 13th…Continue
We've been busy behind the scenes, but now we're back with a double-dose of FPV videos. Enjoy!
SOUTH OF ENGLAND 'DRONE ZONE' MEET
We would like to invite anyone interested in amateur unmanned systems to a get together in…
The cool black 3DR ArduCopter kit is now available with motors/ESCs and props included for $295. Or get it with full APM autopilot electronics (including GPS and magnetometer) for…Continue
I had an excellent test flight with the new Auto Flap feature this morning.
This picture is the end of a fully autonomous flight. Sorry, I should have had video running.... It is impressive that the Skywalker is sitting within about a meter of the center of the runway. However, what is really cool about this landing is that there was a 10-15…Continue