Italian Enthusiasm - Above the Clouds Drone


I want share with the community my last goal achieved with an old Multiplex Easycub , APM2, Arduplane 2.6.8, 3DR telemtry 900 mhz, Airspeed sensor and a still not working Attopilot 90A.
A great flight above the clouds after some unsuccessfull flights ( i have lost an easystar with gopro and APM2 still dont know why)
I still have to tune the Nav Roll P for better videos but i am sure you will like it.
Also if i never wrote on the forum it was very helpful for me and i am ready to share all my tests with other people who is starting with drones.

EDIT : add version without copyright limitations at

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Comment by Peter Miller on January 3, 2013 at 4:41pm

Very nice!  But is 900Mhz ok per ETSI in EU?

Comment by Carl Campbell on January 3, 2013 at 9:12pm

Commenting as a Drone pilot and not as a moderator.  That is some amazing video.  I got the same thrill seeing yours as I do in flying my aircraft.  It is like touching the face of God.  

Comment by Cre8it on January 3, 2013 at 11:14pm

Thanks everyone for your feedback.  I guess I didn’t convey my point very well.  I don’t know what the rules are in Europe and they have little to do with me, but again these videos are used in the USA to support further regulations against out-of-site flight and other UAV flying.  A great example is the octo that crashes into a parked car right in front of a crowd of people(I can’t find it on YouTube now).  It happened in Japan (I think) but was on the news for 2 days when they were talking about further FAA regulations.  Are there other private pilots that see the danger in this activity?  I’m not here to police the site and only requested to take the video down.  Enjoy your high altitude flying!!

Comment by Pela Stark on January 4, 2013 at 1:04am
Just some technical questions.
You said you used for the telemetry the 900MHz module, can you use this kind of frequency in Italy?
Because i'm going to buy an APM with telemetry module but I don't know what can I buy!
What's your feedback about the module?
What is the range? Is the 3DR module?
Comment by Marco on January 4, 2013 at 1:07am

@Peter Miller

Yes below 100mw


I will check the European regulations soon but also as a glider pilot i have'nt seen any real risk to put my foamy that weighs around 1 kg at 1300 over a field very far from the common flight paths for 2 min.

Anyway since i am a beginner and i dont want absolutely to Cre8 :-) problems if i am outlaw i will remove the video soon.

Happy to make someone dreaming like i did the first time i seen similar video one years ago on youtube.

Comment by I.S. on January 4, 2013 at 1:14am

Not sure if this is completely legal but absolutely wonderful vdo.
What batteries did you use and dis you use 3DR stock antennas?

Comment by Marco on January 4, 2013 at 1:15am

@Pela Stark

I have tried both 3DR and GLB alternative and the 3DR one 1.1 version is far better.

The GLB one came not working, i have flashed with new firmware and reduced the output power from both sides to 50 mW for establishing a connection..

The 3DR one with Airspeed 64 and stock antennas gave me a range of 3 km flying at 100mt above the ground level.

The ground module was mounted on the top of an old fishing rod (3 mt) with a 5 mt usb cable.

The 900Mhz regulations is soon changing because a 3G provider (tre) will start to tx on this frequency mid of this year.

Comment by Marco on January 4, 2013 at 1:20am


normally a 4200mah 3S but during normal missions the consumption is around 5A so at least 30 min is assured.

This value come from the Attopilot 90A that is partially working , i still can not read the correct voltage... if someone can help me will be appreciated.

Comment by Tony Coupland on January 4, 2013 at 1:44am

Fantastic video Marco!  What altitude was your launch site?

Comment by Marco on January 4, 2013 at 1:45am

@Tony Coupland

Thank you

250 mt Asl


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