"you could... but what sort of mapping output are you producing, do you even need the photos geotagged? Could you simply fly a pattern with the camera set to snap every second and then just merge all the photos of the areas you need. Geotagging and…"
"Dave - I'd say the XUAV Talon isn't the best airframe for a quadplane, it will do it, but it is a pig of a thing and puts any good sized props where they get interfered with by the elevators. I don't think it is ideal either for…"
"I'd keep everything inside the cockpit/cabin except for wherever you'd need to place the camera to get a clear shot and have it on a longer lead for the trigger, besides that you could possibly do the whole thing into a neat little box for…"
"Gary: my own quick thoughts on that would be that you don't want APM to be like OpenPilot, where getting a controller board seemed impossible - that seems to be a result of them controlling production of their board and being limited to small…"
"the Iris props are standard T-motor 9.5" props with the self tightening bullet holder, they're about $10 for a CCW and CW pair including the bullet.
Cheap arms, or even better, mounts that would fit in the iris body, but allow us to fit…"
"any interference from the wifi is with the radio receiver (if it is also on 2.4), not the pixhawk itself. So if you used a different freq for control e.g. a dragonlink on 433MHz then that'd remove the potential for interference."
"Yes, you can just plug in a satellite to the port on top of the Pixhawk - I was surprised as well when I got a 3DR X8 and was looking for the Rx, only to find a tiny thing plugged into the top.
From the docs it seems above a certain number of…"
"Translational lift should increase the efficiency of the rotors as you go faster. So you'd need to work out the max speed you can be moving before the motion blur in your pictures becomes unacceptable - that'd a function of shutter…"
"you can power up the quad on land - you could either power up via the USB port with a USB battery pack, or a Y cable on the battery connector with a battery other than your flight pack to keep it powered before and after flights."
"I'd be more concerned with powering it up before I left stable ground so the gyros were set properly, other than that I think I'd do a fast take off and punch it right up off the deck - and be more vigilant with your voltage. RTL or Land…"