Nice looking design, but the Kickstarter campaign is just for PDF plans. Very, very DIY. Four styles are planned:
Yikes (that's some variation of MultiWii):
Smooth transition to flight. The electronics bay looks like a nightmare! But it seems to be functional for his uses lol. The swept forward wing looks to be the coolest.
Cool, I'm working on something like that, based on arduino, that's nice to see there are other people who are trying.
I suspect that the software changes that he's had to make to multi-wii are not too terrible and/or the pilot has to change how they control the vehicle after switching the angle of the motors. Very interesting that he's got something flying and best of luck to him (or her)!
I don't know how successful this will be. But I saw the quad-rotor VTOL style design about a year ago, and I think it's a fantastic option. Best traits of a VTOL, and an airplane combined.
Just noticed this blog entry. Thanks Chris, this is very cool of you to do. You're right about it currently being a variation of MultiWii. Hopefully if this project goes through, it'll help me get the info out there so we can start porting it to the APM.
Soviet87- Thanks. Yah it's a bit of a mess in there. That's why I would like to see this ported to the APM. That should help clean things up.
Maxime- Looking forward to what you do. I made this since I didn't see anything else like it other than a basic quadcopter when I started my VTOL journey. It's still the easiest VTOL airplane code out there that I can read.
Randy- Thanks. I don't consider myself a great pilot so I needed this to be as easy to control as possible. The onboard arduino makes sure that the TX roll, pitch, and yaw sticks control the aircraft the same way during all angles of motor tilt. The pilot only gives a little elevator and throttle when necessary during transitions.
R Lefebvre- Thanks for checking this out. This new design is aimed at better performance than my initial prototype. If all goes well it'll work with only three servos instead of the prototype that had five, in order to save some weight.
What kind of payload can it carry, being only foam at this time?
I don't know what its payload is. My focus has been on trying to make the aircraft lighter by reducing the amount of onboard items.
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