This is my project, I have been working on it for a couple of months. Is not ready yet and certainly it's not good looking, need more work but here is a video of some features.

Note this is a Steadycam design based on ECILOP ideas. But with a Multiwii board instead of gyros. Multiwii is fixed to the steadycam arm and acts as stab controller. I did a couple of changes in multiwii firmware to add a new mode "STEADYCAM" couse "GIMBAL" mode is just delta angle stab, and I need a PID loop stab + delta angle.

I use high speed servos and rubber bands as actuators couse direct drive is a mess.

The inner frame is connected to main frame by rubber band, so vibration cant pass trough to the FC and Steadycam system.

Here are the arms and main frame:


Fully assembled, note that no camera is attached bellow, instead a use a dead lipo battery as ballast and my bike back light which has a laser similar to a laser level.

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Comment by Maxime Carrier on January 7, 2013 at 9:50am
Hum, I plan to buy an APM in near future but what you said R-lefebvre make me feel dizzy :D I think I will check on CanadaDrone.

Comment by Dwgsparky on January 7, 2013 at 11:11am

Dany , you forgot to mention your superb customer service and fast shipping. (both confirmed several times!)

I can buy clones but I prefer to support 3DR, there distributors and future developemnt even if it does cost me more.. I'm in this for the long term and customer service is a primary requirement. Will I get that from a clone .........NEVER. and lets be honest an autopilot system that costs less than 200$ is amazing, The 1000$ + Time  investment in the sky is not worth risking a clone.


Comment by Wirehead on January 9, 2013 at 7:12am

@ Alejandro: Beautiful realization. What are the engine mounts used ?

@ R Lefebvre, I confirm this is the same problem for France. UPS and FEDEX are less efficient than the conventional post office.
Ok to pay the tax because it is the law. But the fees should be included in price on the web site it was a very bad surprised..t.

In addition,UPS and FEDEX can't deliver to your home in your absence and they haven't t office nearby (2 hours to get lost in paris retrieve a package of with 75 supplement over 200$ preview).

An option "Air parcel with tracking" will be a "plus" commercial for 3DR.


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