We've been using the ArduCopter platform at Marshall Space Flight Center for almost a year now.  We started with a 3DR Quad and have several 3DR Hex vehicles.  We're using them to test their capabilities for aerial reconnaissance as well as search and rescue.  This past week we used our Quad with a GoPro Hero3 to film a test flight of the Robotic Lunar Lander.  It was a fully autonomous flight (takeoff, ascent to 100' altitude, transit to loiter position, RTL once filming is complete, and landing).  As you can see from the video, we got some amazing footage from a very unique vantage point.  Thanks to 3DR and the devs for all your help and assistance!


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Comment by Oliver on April 21, 2013 at 10:55am

Wow!!! What a great video! So, when can we pre-order one of those nifty rockety-lander-thingys from Hobby King or Horizon? (grin). Seriously, it's awesome to see NASA using something that many of us have built and/or own ... thanks so much for posting this, made my day!

Comment by RC Tech.se on April 21, 2013 at 11:22am

Great video! How have you guys mounted you APM regarding to vibrations?

Comment by Gary McCray on April 21, 2013 at 11:31am


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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 21, 2013 at 11:43am

Awesome! Thanks for sharing

Comment by John Hestness on April 21, 2013 at 11:54am

My new favorite video!

Comment by Adam Kimberlin on April 21, 2013 at 12:21pm
Not to mention we had over 600 people watching. Pucker factor was definitely a 10/10.
Comment by Hasufel on April 21, 2013 at 12:37pm

:) Superb! Thank you for sharing! Out of this world footage, seeing the lunar lander without a visible 'flame' hovering like that. Can't just think about the sound it must produce... maybe a footage with the sound someday? Thank you!

Comment by Hugues on April 21, 2013 at 12:37pm

Haha they have jello effect!! I do better than NASA, YES!!

Comment by Garrick Merrill on April 21, 2013 at 12:43pm

@Stefan, we have a soft foam sandwich around our APM, but we never had vibration issues even with the old way of mounting with the plastic standoffs

@Hasufel, even as close as we got to the lander all we heard was our own motors, but the GoPro was in its protective case

Comment by The Sun on April 21, 2013 at 2:05pm

This is awesome!!

That lander is insanely cool.

Good music choice.

Spectacular subject for filming.

If you got rid of the jello and had a more stable image that would be one of the coolest fpv videos on the internet.

As it stands even with the shake it is still going on my favorites. 

Absolutely awesome. 


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