ArduVTOL - Wingcopter - Flight Report Nr. 2

It´s been two months since we posted our first flight report; time for an update!

Here's what we've been up to:

As you may have seen on Chris Anderson's Blog, our Wingcopter now uses the APM2.5. The agility and stability seems much better compared to the old APM1.0.

Above is a video of one of the longer flights, including some maneuvers:

When there´s no wind, the wingcopter performs just as expected/commanded. However, in turbulent air the flap's control commands are still slightly too extreme. It wobbles a little bit. In order to solve this problem, we'll have to play with our PID Parameters again.

In last report's comment section, there where some question concerning flight maneuvers. As a result, we tried out to tail sitting and landing as a conventional plan.

Tail sitting is possible, but it´s not as easy as we initially thought it would be.

We tried to land in "conventional plane mode" at the end of this video


and this one:

slightly harder landing than intended ;)

We also tested the maximum payload. After a couple of increases, we tried a 636g beer bottle

At this level of payload, the plane is harder to control, especially if there's a certain amount of wind (like in the video). So far, we would prefer up to 400g of payload, as the plane's behavior changes very little compared to flights without any payload.

We hope your enjoyed our little report.


Andy and Jonathan

PS: our wingcopter is now available on our website!

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Comment by Felix Meissner on July 5, 2013 at 12:10pm

Congratulations - looks really good!

Comment by Gary McCray on July 5, 2013 at 12:30pm

Great design and seems to work and transition very well now.

A lot more practical (and probably more useful) than the Osprey.

Comment by jim C. on July 5, 2013 at 12:38pm

jonathan fine, I like that the project is progressing.

Comment by Stephen Zidek on July 5, 2013 at 3:17pm

Wow, very cool!  Do you use Arducopter, Arduplane, or your own custom firmware?

Once you are in plane mode, do the props become "locked" to one throttle, or do you vary them for control?  For example: to yaw the plane right you would increase thrust from the left side motors.

Comment by Jonathan Hesselbarth on July 5, 2013 at 5:30pm

Hi! We are using a changed Arducopter version. Like you supposed the props are controlled during forward flight too. Theoretical it should be possible to fly the wingcopter in plane mode less the flaps.

Comment by Bob on July 7, 2013 at 3:14am

Is it possible to get the code you are using ? It would be greatly appreciated 

Comment by Szabó József on July 7, 2013 at 8:46am

I congratulate, very good work.

Comment by Giovanni Paul Tello on July 7, 2013 at 12:54pm

What a platform!!!!! Great work!!! 

Comment by Raymond Tang on June 1, 2014 at 4:37pm

What kind of payload can the wingcopter hold? Would changing the motors/props help?Whats the flight time?

Comment by Amit on January 23, 2015 at 4:56am
How do you control it in horizontal flight?
Only with the motor?
Did you published the code?


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