A complete home entertainment system for FPV, but with the same old analog NTSC video.

For someone who reads rcgroups.com & diydrones.com, there was very little new to see, besides the real life equivalent of the photos.

 Thought that was very Silicon Valley: a stock reference board for a standard set-top box with the standard server room BNC, RCA, RJ-45, connectors untouched, all to send very delayed video over LTE.

The most hated vehicle there.  It was really wobbly.

 Some guy trying to get a rover to work.  Unfortunately, it only rolled a few feet, very slowly.

A chassis that would normally cost $200 on hobbyking was $20 at a garage sale.  Could desperately use something like that.

 Everyone congregated on a south field, while a north field shown in previous videos was empty.

Standard quad copters.

 Some ghetto indoor vehicles.  Marcy 2 was a complete disaster, as a vibration problem, wind, & uneven ground screwed up her indoor navigation sensors.

 3D Robotics dominated the attendance.

There was very little autonomous flying, only a few times someone would go into loiter mode or a lost radio link would send a DJI Phantom into the trees because some arcane loss of signal setting wasn't set right.  No-one replicated any Marco Robustini demos. 

The stock 3D Robotics Iris hovering far from the trees looked like it wasn't going anywhere, but it did look twitchy.  1 DJI guided black sheep was hovering motionless near the trees.  It drifted a long way, as it tightly tracked the drift of GPS near the trees.  Still looks like perfect calibration, perfect prop balancing, perfect vibration damping, & satellite visibility is a big part of the results.

Despite the improvements in sensors & software making autonomous flying much more accessible than years ago, there was little interest in it.  After all the expense & calibration, people would rather fly manually than program a route & watch it play back.  There was certainly no interest in making a timelapse movie from 1 place in the sky.

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 20, 2014 at 9:49pm

I remember those time lapses ;-) No sky writing either?

I personally think it has never been easier to set up and fly an aircraft or multirotor, in fact its almost too simple making folks believe they don't need to RTFM. I am routinely flying 3 or 4 times a day and don't give the AP a second thought just the task at hand.

Thanks for adding images Jack

Comment by Patrick Egan on January 20, 2014 at 10:03pm

But, wait there is more. Working on processing some video as the sUAS News Copter was flying from the other side of the field. Good to see the gang again. Jack, I thought the MARCY 1 was pretty dang cool. Unfortunately, it was a little windy today. 

Comment by Stephen Zidek on January 20, 2014 at 10:04pm

Guess I'm in the minority!  My lab uses copters for photogrammetry, so all our missions are full auto.  Manual flying is for just-in-case, or for when we are flying a forested area and have to take off and land through a gap in the tree canopy.

Comment by Patrick Egan on January 20, 2014 at 10:11pm

A man (Jack Crossfire) and his Drone. I like the no frills case and toolbox. Good show JC! 

Comment by Patrick Egan on January 20, 2014 at 10:14pm

It flew!

Comment by earthpatrol on January 20, 2014 at 10:28pm

That looked like a lot of fun. Wish I could have brought the HooperFly fleet to the party. Fortunately it was nice here in Oregon, so I flew with you folks in spirit. Keep on MAKE'ing. Cheers!

Comment by Jason Dorie on January 20, 2014 at 10:34pm
The "some guy" trying to get the crawler working is actually Chris Anderson. (Creator of DIY drones, 3DRobotics...)

I had a good time and was glad I made it out.
Comment by ikrase on January 21, 2014 at 1:35am

It was pretty cool. 

Myself, I'd have to say that I like the combination of hackability, broad features, and RTL, but mostly find manual flying more *fun*. 

Comment by Jack Crossfire on January 21, 2014 at 3:10am

Someone finally uploaded a photo of me.  The wonders never cease.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 21, 2014 at 3:46am

@Jason perhaps Jack saw that bloke when he flew with him at the 2007 fly in http://diydrones.com/profiles/blog/show?id=705844%3ABlogPost%3A3088 he seems to hang around alot.

Some really dodgy looking folks around.


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