Wohooo! My MQ9 has arrived!


Hi Fellows!
I’m new in this stuff and realy want to get in to it. I'm buying stuff about 3 months for my MQ9 UAV and the parts almost done. Here is my part list and prices;

PROJET MQ-9 Reaper 98" 4-CH Brushless Remote Control RC UAV Predator $170.00

ArduPilot Mega - Arduino Mega compatible UAV Controller $59.95
http://store.diydrones.com/product_p/br-0012-01.htm $159.95

Air Speed Sensor $19.95

DIY Drones HMC $44.90

2 x XBee Pro 900 XSC RPSMA (up to 15 mile range!!) $143.9
2 x XtreamBee Board (No XBee included) $49,9

MediaTek MT3329 GPS 10Hz + Adapter $39.95

FTDI Basic Breakout - 3.3V $14.95

Video Capture Device $10

900Mhz 500mW audio/video transmitter & reciver & antenna $100

500-1600kv Brushless Motor $23.70 (i hope it can fly my plane xD)

60A OPTO Brushless Speed Controller ESC (w/o BEC) [Volcano Series] $29.70

3 x Blue LiPo 3-Cell 2200mAh 3S1P 11.1v 25C LiPoly Battery $50.85

Li-Po GUARD 25x33cm Safety Battery Charging/Storing Bag $5.75

Exceed RC 6-Ch 2.4Ghz Transmitter Receiver (Full Version) $44.95

waiting for servo cables, propellers

Total Amount About; $1000 + shipping(im not sure but i think its about $450)

yeah that seems oke but i moved a new city and lost my tools... I dont have even a screwdriver. Need to buy some new tools to assemble it.
I will blog my experience, photos and videos here. I hope i wont ruin it xD

When i complete the project, i will start coding a GCS and other stuff (i have good ideas)

Nvm I’m looking for a new tool set atm. I will keep inform you guys. If you have any idea our suggestion please share it.

Take care

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  • i bought a new motor. if you check my build logs you can see. i will share video review in future but i'm dealing with moving now.
  • Well you have inspired me and for my 30th birthday present I bought a V2..I have been doing a lot of research on this model and can tell you that the motor you have listed is grossly underpowered for your setup...general rule of thumb is 100w per pound....if you don't keep your airspeed up she will stall and have seen many youtube videos of this..I plan on doing about 90% of what you are so I ask that we keep in touch so we can collaborate data...mind you I am months to next summer before I get my build completed and off the ground..I have found numerous build threads on this one guy has a 13 part video build on youtube I have seen some good ideas I will try to compile a list and send to you this weekend...hope to talk to you more soon...
  • @Zachariah; yeah if i find time from work. i'm still working on it :) its slow proggress but its fun also :) also i moved new city here is a airport for rc planes so it will be more fun :)
  • You still doing this build?  Looks very interesting have been thinking about something very very close..
  • @John Church;
    Hi John i didnt test them yet. i started assembly MQ9 to open more place for my stuff everywhere full of MQ9 parts :) landing gears seems oke. tomorrow i will start wings then i will test telemetry and video transmitter and post the result here :)
  • Moderator
    Hi Ersin, if you had a chance this weekend, did you get your (illegal ;) ) xbees transmitting your data at a custom baud?
  • @MikeInFrance;
    Yeah i see. Thanks all you guys. I'm tying to sell 900mhz video transmitter now :) By the way i learned something today too;
    900Mhz using is not legal in my country :) so i need to buy 1.3Ghz cant buy 2.4 Ghz, because of RC transmitter :)
  • @Ersin, the frequency issue when using FPV is not to be overseen! From what I have understood, having a sender with a receiver so near, although frequencies differ, they differ not enough to eliminate noise and disturb the signals from your RC sender!
    Therefore, it is wise to change FPV to an other frequency range!
    If you do some google research, especially related to FPV, you will find numerous testimonials of people that learned the hard way and crashed their expensive toys just because of that!
    We all know that the decision is your's, but sharing one's experience to help others not make the same mistakes is the purpose of this warning.
  • @John Church; Hmm i can try it at the ground test. Thanks :)
  • @Ritchie; Thanks. i checked the log pages if i will have a problem with building it i will contact with him or with ken_wood :P

    @ken wood; i mailed you. btw is that live messenger account too ?
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