SteadiDrone QU4D Fighting Walrus Modifications

Patrick spoke with with Bryan Galusha at the recent Robotics block party and he had something to share with sUAS News.

We are excited to announce the Fighting Walrus fully-integrated RTF airframe!  This ready-to-fly airframe incorporates the features what our customers wanted most:

1.  Streaming 1080p video

2.Manual control with the iOS device

3.  Low cost Ready-To-Fly kits

The RTF Airframe will integrate with the Fighting Walrus Radio to enable an unparalleled ground station experience.  Video streams from the drone are geo-encoded and embedded into the iOS application, allowing users to monitor drone orientation and position while watching the video stream.

Full story http://www.suasnews.com/2013/04/22339/fighting-walrus-fully-integrated-rtf-airframe

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Comment by The Sun on April 17, 2013 at 11:53am
Streaming 1080p?

You have an HD video downlink??

Since when??

Link me where I can buy it because I am literally throwing my money at the screen of my computer in anticipation
Comment by Bryan Galusha on April 17, 2013 at 12:20pm

www.fightingwalrus.com

We use 4G cellular modem for the HD downlink and ultra low latency H.264 encoding.  With a 4G iPad/iPhone from the same carrier as the 4G modem you get very low latency.  (48ms encode 22-30ms cell).

Comment by Bryan Galusha on April 17, 2013 at 12:21pm

We connect to the HDMI out port on a GoPro you provide on our RTF airframe, but it will work with any device with an HDMI out.


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Comment by Dany Thivierge on April 17, 2013 at 12:26pm

Why do you think I backed them? !!!! 

:) 

Comment by Duran - ALTI on April 17, 2013 at 12:27pm

Bryan, I am SHOCKED to see this, its not only a blatent copy of our SteadiDrone QU4D, actually, this IS THE SteadiDrone QU4D Airframe that you have purchased from us and modified, I can still see the red end cap mounts, mounting holes and more on the airframe, you have simply painted the parts yellow, and hacked the actual airframe, I cannot believe this actually. How can you do this and sell it as YOUR frame ?

Comment by Duran - ALTI on April 17, 2013 at 12:31pm

Bryan and Fighting Walrus were in the process of signing up as a SteadiDrone dealer and out of the blue have released this airframe, the photo above is THE ACTUAL SteadiDrone QU4D they purchased from us and have simply madified it, it's crazy.

Comment by Bryan Galusha on April 17, 2013 at 12:35pm

Works with WiFi too.  Basically there is a USB port and linux.  We will support several WiFi dongles (with chipsets with good linux support) and working with the community we can USB sniff the AT commands for the modems.  We have Verizon working here in the US, but adding others isn't that hard.  We have seen how powerful the community is during the campaign.  If the idiots behindOpenVizsla ever provide the source HW/SW so we can move forward it is really easy.  If not there are other USB sniffing solutions.  Some can just be googled like the 551L we are testing with, we are talking directly with several carriers they aren't super excited about open sourcing their AT commands yet, but give it time.  I think it actually just helps them, but big companies are set in their ways.  (I don't think you can mess up a cell network with the simple connect/disconnect AT commands, if you can they have other problems)

Comment by Duran - ALTI on April 17, 2013 at 12:48pm

Dany, that photo is the actual QU4D they purchased and simply moded, your a SteadiDrone dealer, they stole the deisng, and not subtly either, and calling it their own design and airframe.. not cool

Comment by Bryan Galusha on April 17, 2013 at 12:53pm

Duran we wanted to work with you to add modifications, you said you were not interested.  We moved forward with a design that would support streaming video.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on April 17, 2013 at 12:58pm

So does the HD streaming video only work if you have a 4G cellular service?  And does it require two data accounts, gobbling up both upload and download data of each at an alarming rate?

Exactly what modifications to the airframe were required to support streaming video?

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