Skynavigator - Used for Flight Performance and GPS Triangle Racing

I stumbled upon this and thought others may think it's interesting as well...


Who knew the SP guys had competitions where they race around a triangle pattern of GPS coordinates? View results on Google Earth, get addional details from the plane to the ground station... Lots more.

Sounds fun but it's a little pricey.

The equipment seems like it would be very easy to adapt to UAVs...

For additional details check the link below.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on April 16, 2010 at 9:49pm
I'm always stunned by the prices these RC guys charge for pretty basic electronics. That's less than $100 worth of parts, which they're charging nearly $900 for. It's just crying out to be open sourced.

Comment by Brian on April 16, 2010 at 10:26pm
I'm pretty sure I know a bunch of guys that would love to compete in this manner, but these prices would prevent them from anything beyond thinking about it...

Comment by Morli on April 16, 2010 at 11:09pm
& it is dev 5 years back!! Any idea on HF telemetry module!!? , what freq do they mean by HF and how did they manage to get away if real HF freq ( <30 Mhz) is used?

Comment by Brian on April 16, 2010 at 11:23pm
I couldn't find that info, I suspect 900mhz.

Comment by Morli on April 16, 2010 at 11:35pm
looks like it from size of antenna but it is no HF ;)
only FCC ID T9JRN41-1 in pic reveals interesting blue tooth for GCS info may be I got the FCC ID wrong :(
Comment by Mike on April 17, 2010 at 4:38am
'these RC guys' - and they would be who exactly?

Comment by Brian on April 17, 2010 at 8:02am
Bluetooth link from ipaq (or smartphone) to the ground radio... Still can't find details on "HF" module.
Comment by Michael Zaffuto on April 17, 2010 at 8:49am
They don't exactly say which RF module is used between the plane and the ground station, but it is a 433 Mhz ISM type transmitter, with channel selection.
Comment by Marc Daniels on April 17, 2010 at 9:50am
I wrote a PocketPC interface for a cheap chinese radio but most find the PocketPC's are too hard to see in direct sunlight, someone also wrote a Palm version and it is easier to read but with lower resolution. I'm finishing up a ground station for the Palm this week and will post code,files etc. when done. I'm using a Palm Vx TTL/RS232 level shifter, LiPo, and Xbee. The software is written using HandHeld basic, they have a free version. I've got a small bracket that attaches the Palm to my radio so I always have it near, and using the prototype for flight testing has been easier than using a laptop when I'm fly solo. The touch screen makes for a nice interface. Any Palm running OS 3.5 or higher will work but you'll need to build your own cable, and your model needs to have a serial port. I prefer using the older models like V Vx as they are easy to come by on eBay for cheap$.

Comment by Brian on April 17, 2010 at 10:19am
Marc, that's cool. I've clenched onto my palm m105 for years waiting for something to do with it... They are POS 3.51.. Also have a PocketPC...


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