I would like to share my latest 7kg multicopter design with the DIY drones community.
Having designed and operated fixed wing, helicopter and multicopter camera systems for a number of years now I have learned what is important, at least to my operation, namely low vibration, endurance and ease of use.
The first two are…Continue
Having completed many UAV filming jobs from locations without vehicle access I was looking to improve the logistics of getting the equipment on site. I have occasionally left some vital components in the car 2km away I wanted to have everything (except the copter) in one box.
Our Holden Drone has been finished for some for some time now but I have not had time to edit and upload any video until now.
During these two merged flights we were testing most of the Arduplane modes including some tight figure 8 waypoint routes around the field. RTL, circle and FBW all worked well. This was all done line of…Continue
Having just completed the new Octa frame with vibration isolation system it was time to design a gimbal for it.
One great advantage…Continue
Following on from the very successful H quad with vibration isolated arms I decided to build something that would lift a DSLR or larger.
Is seems a hex has marginal chances of surviving a single drive failure so I opted for…Continue
This was the biggest test so far for my 'low vibration' quadcopter. The quarry was surrounded by professional film crews so it was with some trepidation that I took to the air in 15kts of gusty wind.
The intention was to 'park' the copter in the correct position and then concentrate on camera angle but for some reason the…Continue
MkII H frame quad now flying.
Frame weighs about 60g less than Mk1 with much more room and accessibility to the nose sections. The…Continue
Have constructed an enclosed ‘H’ frame carbon/Kevlar quad with soft mount front and rear arms for vibration reduction. Initially yaw was awful as the arms tilted in the wrong direction and opposed any motor torque so I had to stiffen the mounts to prevent yaw reversal. Now I have reversed the motors in the code and the tilt…Continue
Having seen a vast improvement in the Arducopter handling when vibration was reduced I decided to experiment further. I thought it was worth trying to soft mount the tubes so cobbled together a test frame on a bit of 4x2. The 12mm tube mounts are held in place with ‘o’ rings. The video is with standard 75 shore rings 17mm ID. This was…Continue
There is not a great selection of decent 3 axis camera mounts for gopro sized cameras so I have started building my own. The first one will be a ‘nose mount’ and I may later consider a belly mount for quads etc. It will have one standard sized digital servo for roll and 2 micro sized ones. The belt drive gearing is to increase the rotation angle up to 280deg. All pivots…Continue