Toby Lankford's Blog (22)

RPFlightSystems, Inc Announcing Partnership for Extreme Endurance sUAS

Announcing our new partnership with RPFlightSystem, Inc.  I am the new CTO for RPFlightSystems, Inc and I am bringing my work with GaAS solar cells from Alta Devices to provide a production solar plane under 5kg with the Vigilant UAS.…

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Added by Toby Lankford on April 14, 2015 at 6:32am — 3 Comments

3D Printed LOKI quad, the WCUAVC and Aerial Vista Challenge Team

2014 was an exciting year for the Aerial Vista Challenge with lots of ups and downs but some amazing progress in unmanned capabilities and unmanned systems integration.  First, we are disappointed to have not had any news on a date for the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge that was supposed to happen in November of last year.  We have had no news in the last month and there is nothing scheduled on their website for 2015.  We have been holding back on decimating…

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Added by Toby Lankford on February 1, 2015 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Is this a Drone? The Rise of the FAA Propaganda Division

A friend and I were discussing the FAA and our efforts in the drone community to engage with the regulatory body.  I am sure many of you have had that discussion and most of the ones that have been around pre-2007 are aware of the long standing efforts of Gary, Patrick and many others.  I explained to my friend that in 2013 there were over 4500…

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Added by Toby Lankford on July 11, 2014 at 7:59am — 6 Comments

Happy 4th of July: May the FAA Give Us Our Independence

Drone Fireworks Display Courtesy of Aerial Vista Challenge Team.  We at the Aerial Vista Challenge Team share the spirit of freedom, independence and social dignity for all people around the world.  We will have an team update about our exciting progress on Friday July 11, 2014.  Thank you for all of our followers and supporters.  We are in the proving trial portion of…

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Added by Toby Lankford on July 4, 2014 at 9:10pm — 1 Comment

Lidar for the Masses?

I will start out by saying that I am in no way associated with this product or its developers or retailers.  I just ran across this while researching for another project.  It looks very exciting and very affordable price for the claimed capabilities.  Late last year while I was in researching for UAV projects to work on, I looked heavily into SLAM for…

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Added by Toby Lankford on June 2, 2014 at 3:30am — 10 Comments

Travelling with an Unmanned Aerial System

Hello Everyone,

Then Aerial Vista Challenge Team has been very busy getting things arranged for the wildlife challenge.  We are making progress and are blogging more about it soon.  In fact we are setting out a new mission that we will talk a bit about in this blog and we are going to have a web store up soon to sale our catapult, t-shirts…

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Added by Toby Lankford on April 15, 2014 at 7:00am — 4 Comments

The Official Aerial Vista Challenge Team Video for the 2014 Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge

I got a little excited and published the video a little early.  This is the official video for the Aerial Vista Challenge Team.  We are participating in the 2014 Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge.  This is the one that we have submitted for the competition.  Thank you to our sponsors and to Inside Focus Media for creating this video.  We look forward to more…

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Added by Toby Lankford on April 10, 2014 at 1:34am — 15 Comments

Command and Control Architecture for the Wildlife Challenge RVJET

Hey guys, this is a proposed hardware architecture for the UAS.  It is preliminary and more to show what we can do for documentation and how we might layout our systems.  This is just the command and control system.  There are some things to figure out like camera connections, controller layout, etc.  I think we will have to diagram our…

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Added by Toby Lankford on March 26, 2014 at 7:36am — 9 Comments

Rover for Testing Systems the Ground

Hello everyone from the Aerial Vista Challenge Team. We have been trucking along on out competition UAV.  We are real happy with the progress and we are getting all knids of stuff in from sponsors.  This week we received our Arsov AUAV3 and in a couple of weeks we should be getting our AUAV X-1 Autopilots in.  We will really be talking about those a lot in the near future.  I…

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Added by Toby Lankford on March 24, 2014 at 9:45am — 9 Comments

Aerial Vista Challenge Team Update

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!  Hopefully we have the luck of the Irish as we get moving on our competition plane.  The Aerial Vista Challenge Team has been moving full steam ahead.  We have been working with sponsors and assembling the pieces to make our design concept a reality.  Joshua has started the drawings and schematics as we…

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Added by Toby Lankford on March 17, 2014 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

My Goats decided I was trying to herd them with my Phantom.

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I was flying my Phantom yesterday.  Licking my wounds from an earlier pilot error with a plane.  My goats and sheep decided I was herding them back in the pen.  This is a Phantom 2 Vision.  It is a fun scoot around the place quad.  I will be working on my Ecilop NEX5 Cameraship soon.  I am going to use Tiger U3 motors and a Teradek HD AV Downlink.  Thanks for…

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Added by Toby Lankford on March 11, 2014 at 1:16pm — No Comments

CG of the RVJET

Good Monday Morning Everyone!!  I am going to blog about the CG of the RVJET.  There are so many pros that we sometimes forget to talk about a couple of cons with the RVJET.

When the design team were building and designing the RVJET they were not completely sure of all the specs of items like the motor, and ESC. They could not think of all the possible…

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Added by Toby Lankford on March 10, 2014 at 9:46am — 7 Comments

A great article by the Drone Law Journal on the FAA mythbusting fact sheet in SUAS News

A great article by the Drone Law Journal on the FAA mythbusting fact sheet in SUAS News…

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Added by Toby Lankford on March 6, 2014 at 10:52am — 3 Comments

Aerial Vista Challenge Team Unpacking the RVJET Review

I said that I was not going to write about unpacking the RVJET but I think that there is a lot in the box to be excited about.  I will disclose that I personally have a RVJET and the one that I am unpacking is sponsored to us from Range Video.  The company that had the RVJET commissioned for design and manufacturing.  The Swedish engineering team that designed the RVJET…

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Added by Toby Lankford on March 2, 2014 at 6:04am — 8 Comments

Aerial VIsta Challenge Team Design Concept

Hello Everyone!!  As many of you know, we have been entered into the 2014 Wildlife Conservation Challenge.  We are in the process of submitting our initial design concept.  Before I get into that, I would like to thank our sponsors that are making this possible.  RVJET has provided the RVJET airframes.  Fruity Chutes is providing the recovery chute.  MyFlyDream is providing…

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Added by Toby Lankford on February 26, 2014 at 7:34am — 14 Comments

The Aerial Vista Challenge Team for the 2014 Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge

Hey Everyone!!  It has been a challenging last two weeks.  My father has been real ill and finally he is on the mend.  It was touch and go for a bit but we are glad he is getting better.  I appreciates everyone's kind words and thoughts during the last month.  We have also had lots of baby goats and sheep to tend to on the farm.  We have been able to catch up with the team…

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Added by Toby Lankford on February 22, 2014 at 11:47am — 1 Comment

Aerial Vista Wildlife Conservation Team and the RVJET

 

Thank you Range Video for sponsoring our Wildlife Conservation UAV Team!!  We will be announcing our other sponsors as they come on board.  The team is rounding out as well.  We will be introducing ourselves as we get things organized over the next couple of weeks. Our team is being fielded from here in the states and we have a member in Australia.  We…

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Added by Toby Lankford on February 13, 2014 at 6:30am — 19 Comments

Accepted to the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge

 Hello all!!  I had to step away for a couple of weeks.  We have been dealing with my father's health and I had to travel to attend his surgery.  He is in better shape and on his way to a speedy recovery I hope. I have to go help them setup some things at their house tomorrow so that he will be able to function in recovery but then I should be able to get back at it…

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Added by Toby Lankford on February 10, 2014 at 4:38pm — 4 Comments

Living Off Grid, Farming, and What Drones Mean To Me

Good Morning Everybody!!

It is another bright day in Amarillo, and it is a cold one.  It 4:30 AM and 7 degrees outside.  That is Fahrenheit.  It is going to be another off topic day, as I am still waiting on my RVJET.  I am skeptical that after ten days that I will be receiving it today.  I received free shipping from china on two packages last week that…

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Added by Toby Lankford on January 24, 2014 at 6:15am — 9 Comments

Reserve/Redundant Battery Switching

Good Morning!!

I am writing this morning about a different topic than my build because I am mad at the post office.  My RVJET should have arrived two days ago and I am still without a plane.  It is in the teens outside today so I thought it would be a perfect assembly day.  Instead, I am going to talk about a safety system I have been thinking about for…

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Added by Toby Lankford on January 23, 2014 at 7:46am — 19 Comments

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