Thanks to Martin, we had an awesome Drone Zone meet up in UK at Charter house http://www.charterhouse.org.uk/. It brought together folks from different parts of UK and Eoin flying in from Ireland. The geekiest of us were drawn towards Pete's UAV Dev board running HIL on X-planes.

Other things of geeky interest include Colin's custom build Groundcontrol station among all the quad's, hexa's, Octo's and traditional planes and heli's.

The afternoon went too fast for anyone to notice, with all the drones taking to the air. Again the thing that struck  most of us who were there, was the enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise that DIYDrone community created. I hope there would be more of such meet ups and some of the crazy ideas that folks get around to discussed get followed up. So that  we could have more new stuff to chat around :).

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Comment by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on October 30, 2011 at 2:21pm

Hello Anish,

 

It was a great day, I could not understand where the time went either!

Thank you to all of you that came along today, to fly and show off the "toys", the social aspect of the DZ's seem to be just as good as flying :)

 

It was great to see the new UDB4 in action in the Axion and the APM in very light foam planes with strong cross winds, both did a great job!

 

I have added a few more photos here.

 

Regards

 

Martin

Comment by Anish on October 30, 2011 at 2:29pm

Hi Martin,

 Didnt realise u managed to take some cool photos as well ;)


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Comment by Pete Hollands on October 31, 2011 at 12:14am

Thanks Martin and Nigel for all your hard work in setting up the meeting.

The UDB4, in the very light Axion Alpha 138 (build photos),performed well in the gusty wind. (I enclose jpeg screenshot of Google Earth. We don't seem to be able to post Google Earth kmz files any more to diydrones ? Is that right ?).

The waypoints are plotted in 3D, and each colour denotes a route to  specific waypoint.

It was the UDB4's first public outing, and it all worked like clockword.

Met some some super people,.

Photo1 shows accuracy of hitting waypoints in horizontal.

Photo2 panoramic showing flying area

photo 3 shows accuracy of hitting waypoints in the vertical.

Comment by Colin on October 31, 2011 at 1:39am

Thanks again for a great day guys, looking forward to the next one!

 

Nice plots Pete, I like the change in colour for each waypoint. I look forward to seeing it fly the track next time ;-) If you're interested in the kit inside my Twinstar- I've listed details at the end of this: http://www.diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/ardupilot-mega-twinstar-build

Comment by Riccardo Kuebler on October 31, 2011 at 2:12am

Nice !

I would be there. If only I did know about this event ...

If you do it again next year I could try to manage to come in :)

Best regards,

Ric

Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on October 31, 2011 at 8:47am
An awesome day. Thanks to all.
Comment by Martin Poller on October 31, 2011 at 9:19am

Great photos, you had good weather too, wish I could have made it down, hope there will be more meet ups in the coming year.

Martinp


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Comment by Pete Hollands on October 31, 2011 at 12:34pm

@Colin, Great to meet you. Thanks for the Twinstar build log. That is an interesting approach. Lots to learn there. (Here are is my own build in pictures.)  Hope we are able to meet up again. I see lot's of interesting possibilities with MAVLink and freindly comparison of nearly identical planes.( tempted to copy your build later with my spare Twinstar kit ).


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Comment by Pete Hollands on October 31, 2011 at 1:41pm

@Colin, Correction: "I see lot's of interesting possibilities with MAVLink and friendly comparison of MatrixPilot and Ardupilot with nearly identical planes."

Comment by Colin on October 31, 2011 at 2:12pm

Thanks for the pics Pete, it's nice to see someone else's approach- I spent a long time looking at my twinstar before building, trying to factor in all the issues like interference, weight and space; it looks like we both ended up at very similar conclusions. It's interesting that you had issues with the UBEC. If you're ever tempted to try one, mine is http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=... Just beware of the quality of the JST connectors!

I will have to look into matrixpilot more, I'm looking forward to seeing your twinstar go one day!

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