ArduPilot installed in plane, indoor testing and simulations done

It's still freezing cold outside, so I'm playing by PC with more simulations.
My first UAV is ready to go, for now I hooked by FTDI cable to PC, and checking if everything is OK, before going out to make a real flight.

The plane may look fragile and ugly, well it is, but at present it is my working plane which I'm used to. Also it was cheap, and is very easy to cut holes in it for adding more wires and putting in more electronics. It weights about 400 gr. Once I make this fly and tested, I plan to go higher to a new 1100gr fuselage.

My simulation setup is described in this blog.

I run the simulation, and watch if real plane turns servos as expected. Only motor signal is disabled for now (don't need too much wind on my table). All looks fine, so now just waiting for springtime...

Plane details:

And ready to fly:

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Comment by Chris Anderson on February 15, 2009 at 9:31am
Testing on beaters is definitely the way to go. Our EasyStar suffered through a lot before it finally gave up its life for the cause. There's no point in perfecting equipment placement and wiring until you've got the basics working.

Comment by Jordi Muñoz on February 15, 2009 at 10:31am
Comment by automatik on February 15, 2009 at 11:30am
Nice - good job!
Comment by Reto on February 15, 2009 at 1:29pm
I like the anti-hero look of that plane very much. Are you sure you are going to have enough patience to wait until springtime???
Comment by Michal B on February 16, 2009 at 2:45am
No.. Just as soon snow disappears I'll give it a try.


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