XUAV-Talon for Aerial Surveying


Precision Aerial Surveying & Mapping


The purpose of this blog is to document a comprehensive, custom build of the XUAV-Talon for precision surveying and mapping.  Content will include build process, tips and tricks, hardware choices, 3D print modifications, CAD drawings (Sketchup), photos, software for aerial data processing and short video segments.  As I have recently attended several conferences concerning the latest FAA rules and regulations for small(under 55lbs) commercial drone operation in the United States; I will be posting my interpretation of the laws and options available to fly drones legally in the US National Airspace(NAS).


Please refer to my profile for details: http://diydrones.com/profile/RyanFuselier

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  • Great build log  Ryan. Many Thanks!!

    What is the longest mapping flight time that you achieved using the Talon and what was the battery capacity for that longest mapping flight?


  • Talon sub-millimeter scans...


    3D Print Modifications...


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  • Hi Ryan , I tried to download the scan x u to heel , lace but in your dropbox , has expired. Could you give it to me again? thanks
  • Gimbal working very well.  In the next week I will try and post some of the video footage.

  • 100KM

    Nice to see your talon flying.  How is the mobius gimbal working?

  • Talons finally finished and all is working as planned.  Fly's well.


  • Sorry for the delay guys on the final build... in the meantime was pursuing my "Private Pilot" certificate and just finish.  That effort took much more time than I expected.  I now have two builds on my plate to include the Talon and DJI S800 EVO with Pixhawk system.  Hoping to finish S800 this week which will free up some time to complete Talon.

  • Ryan, this is a great blog. Congratulations for your skills. Looking forward to see your flight details. Thanks! 

  • Thanks for the uipdate Ryan. I look forward to your future reports.

  • Dennis thanks for the remarks... just in case you were not aware, I have more detail on my build and current build status under my DIY profile: http://diydrones.com/profile/RyanFuselier 

    To answer your questions, my profile build is current as I have not yet completed the build.  I will more than likely pick up momentum on the build this coming week and should have all completed in a week or two.  As I cannot officially fly the drone without meeting my final exemption requirement... "Certificated Pilot"; my check ride with the FAA is scheduled for September 29.  I'm timing completion of the build for that time frame.  

    You're right about the Mobius... I anticipate in certain cases I might get some glare from the dome but I new this going into the modification.  To be honest, it looks so cool and gives such good protection to the camera and gimbal that I thought I would just give it a try and see if the results were manageable.  I always had plans to design a mod(spherical gimbal) to replace the clear dome if things just did not work out.  Regarding the gimbal... although I have not officially tested the unit, after doing substantial research I am pretty confident that will not be a problem.

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