here is a full autonomous flying Funjet.
It is equipped with : Best performances are:
- maximum speed over 200Km/h. In the attached log file you can see, at line 587, H ground speed 53.06m/sec (191Km/h), M estimated airspeed 61.59m/sec (221Km/h). I have several flight logs with ground speed over 55m/sec
- acceleration at launch 0-100 <2.75sec. You can see it in the attached log file, considering that the plane is launched at line 370 and reaches 28.6m/sec (102Km/h) at line 381. Telemetry refresh is at 4Hz.
Full autonomous flights
You can see in the log files that I launched the plane in autonomous mode and it landed in autonomous mode (row B status 111)
In the Google Earth file you can see the entire flight with colored autonomous legs.
This is a picture of one of the launchs :
Those are the logs of the autonomous flights: LOG00044 Flight 2167.csv LOG00044 Flight 2167a.txt.kmz LOG00045 Flight 2168a.txt.csv LOG00045 Flight 2168a.txt.kmz
For those flights, autonomous throttle was limited at 50%. The plane still reaches >40m/sec !
If you play a little with the files, you can have magnetometer behavior and wind estimation shown in GE, thanks Pete Hollands great telemetry tool. Today I did a flight and was able to take a short video. The plane is flying full autonomous, the pilot being occupied with videocam. Enjoy it :D Autonomous Funjet from Riccardo Kuebler on Vimeo. A big thanks is due to the developers and programmers for continuous work, help, encouragement and appreciations. Thank you: - Bill Premerlani - Pete Hollands - Adam Barrow - Ben Levitt A big thanks too to Rana, who was the first which encouraged me here, and Morli for continuous input and sympathy. Best regards, Ric Edit : 28.6.10 added a video
Regards from Acquarossa, Tessin
Congratulations. I have one of these FJ with NM ( Patrouille Suisse design). Maybe I try the AP on it one day after I saw this maybe sooner...
Regards from Zürich
just would like to inform that the Funjet is now equipped with a Newmotor 1110/2.5D.
Max speed clocked is 243Km/h.
LOG00083 Flight 2199.csv line 545.
in theory yes, but it is at the limits. Power consumption has peak to 70A and I use a 70 / 80A ESC. Battery are 2200mAh 4S 40 / 50C, so 88 / 110Ah. Motor is the weakest point, it is rated 700W and I ask >1000W.
Anyway autonomy is about 4' at high speed. I did a couple of flights at sustained speed without problems, but flying always at full throttle is not my style.
I recently fried a motor because I lost canopy in flight. Cooling was no more efficient, motor overheated, foam and tin solderings melted ! It was smoking like a real jet :D
I'm actually using a Newmotor. I'm considering to switch to a more powerful Newmotor.