Today I am going to introduce my UAV Bixler project.
I bought this Bixler airplane from H.King about several months ago and wanted to put pixhawk in it to test how well it can fly autonomously.
After receiving the plane I searched the web to get any information about how to modify the plane. There are many DIY examples on such thing however most of them requires cutting the fuselage half or cutting the entire nose section. I think this is not a good idea because if the airplane suffer from crash, I have to do the same process again.
So I decided to make a UAV module that fits into the cockpit section of the bixler. Luckily, the bixler has a cockpit like section where a model pilot sits and covered with clear plastic.
Finally I could get following result. A complete UAV cockpit module designed to fit into the Bixler plane.
This is rendering of the above 3d printed module
Following video shows how this module can be assembled.
All you need are pixhawk with pitot tube and a few M2, M3 sized screws.
And this design is very helpful reducing the time to prepare for the flight mission.
Just put battery into the fuselage and snap tight the module. That's it.
If you are interested in making the UAV module yourself please order from shapeways!
Base parts here
Cockpit cover parts here
If you want to print yourself please give me a message and I will share printable stl file.