7/18/2013 8:45 Am MDT
Launch from Route 66 Casino near Albuquerque.
Almost took my tongue with it !
Highest altitude was 65000 ft.
Maximum speed 45 Mph
PX4IO with 430 Mhz telemetry worked GREAT. Used 20 element 440 beam on ground and 3 element on balloon. Saw telemetry all the way.
APM 2.0 worked good also. Only the top camera…Continue
On Thursday July 18,2013 we are going to launch…Continue
Here is my APM2.5 at my apartment in Albuquerque NM. See the 3 waypoints and home position?
Thanks a bunch Kevin! http://www.diydrones.com/xn/detail/705844%3ATopic%3A1094076
My android tablet is a Pipo S2 at $122 from Banggood.com What a deal! There are some things you have to do to…Continue
It flew ! For 50 feet off ground. Premature rope cut ! Dang....getting closer
Moment of ground release.
Next Friday...8-10-12...same time ...same place...another launch…Continue
You always have that ONE flight where nothing goes right. 7-27-12
The balloon slipped off the filling neck and got away. We had a backup balloon ! The second helium tank was EMPTY.
Soooo... I will show pictures of the X8 wing we will try to launch Friday 8-3-12.Continue
The balloon is in the air as we type. @ 40,000 = ft.
Check out call sign ke5vsh-1 on aprs.fi website. You can track the progress in real time from 15:30 GMT 9:30 AM MST
Another successful flight to over 100,000 feet with the same APM2 and 3DR radios on board. This picture is the balloon exploding at over 100,000 feet. Total flight was 101 mins this time. The APRS tracker failed this flight but the package was recovered in a 1/2 hr by a citizen calling the phone number on the package !
In about 2 weeks we…Continue
We did have a failure on the 3DR radio at -51 F. Radio died and won't come back.
We used the APRS.FI tracking as well and it showed great.
As you can see, there is NO insulation in our fiberglass box. Cameras on outside have no…Continue
You can also see how thin our atmosphere is !
See the curvature of the earth.
The wire with silicone at the end is part of the 2M…Continue
On 4/14/12 we flew an APM2 ardupilot in a balloon to over 100000 feet for 7 1/2 hour 300 mile + flight !
The flight originated near Albuquerque NM and landed near Trinchera ,CO. The flight was over 300 miles and lasted far longer than we planned. The flight was so long the 5 on board cameras ran out of memory and battery before the flight ended.
The er9x transmitter now will display MavLink data on the LCD.
Gerard Valade a DIYdrones member wrote the software and myself who was the principal debugger.
Works at 19200 and 38400 baud. Still have a problem with 57600 baud. Some kind of timing issue yet.
Here is a pic of the arduplane 2.30 MavLink display on the er9x.
There is an Xbee inside the er9x to…Continue
How about this new Raspberry-pi Linux computer for $25 or $35 coupled with a sensor board ?
Has a header on board, video 256k memory hdi video or composit usc sdcard.......
see here for all specs.. …Continue
I have a spare Mega 1280 where the serial input line is bad.
So how to program it with no FTDI serial0 input ?
Notice the ISP pins in lower left ?? Thats how !
I use a program called eepc that is used to reprogram the er9x R/C TX. It does it via a $14 usbtiny ISP device from Sparkfun. Google for the er9x firmware update.…Continue