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Tom commented on Chris Anderson's blog post LIDAR-Lite, a cool $79 laser rangefinder for autolanding and terrain following, near crowdfunding target
"Renaud - The LR3 isn't designed specifically for APM, so would need code changes. Also, since I posted that I was looking round their site and it seems the LR3 has been discontinued and replaced by the LR4. This is designed to work with the…"
Mar 11, 2014
Tom commented on Chris Anderson's blog post LIDAR-Lite, a cool $79 laser rangefinder for autolanding and terrain following, near crowdfunding target
"Not sure if this has been posted before on here, but I've not seen it - Porcupine Electronics make an interface board that let's you convert a Fluke 411d to serial control: http://porcupineelectronics.com/uploads/LR3_Data_Sheet.pdf This…"
Mar 10, 2014
Tom commented on Yiduo Zhan's blog post Banning drones because of privacy? I think it is just an excuse.
"I think a lot of people genuinely believe there is a privacy issue because they don't understand that current laws already protect them from being filmed or photographed where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy."
Mar 17, 2013
Tom replied to Jon von Weymarn's discussion Adafruit added aluminium parts. Good for frame?
"I don't see why they wouldn't work. They won't work as well as hollow extrusions, simply because they'll be heavier, but they will do the job and would be a very quick way of assembling more unusual (i.e. 'H',…"
Feb 1, 2013
Tom commented on Joshua Johnson's blog post RQ-11 DIY UAV Project Part 1
"Having owned that RQ-11 clone, my honest advice would be to get a different airframe if you want to add weight to it. If that's not possible, you should look at strengthening the joints between the three wing pieces and the mounting points…"
Dec 22, 2012
Tom commented on Max Levine's blog post Really, first ! ?
"I'm guessing they meant THEIR first GoPro platform."
Nov 26, 2012
Tom commented on Chris Anderson's blog post $1250 RTF UAV for autonomous GoPro filming
"Hard to say. The tech specs refer to a 'pre-programmed' flight path but there are no details as to whether this is programmed by the user prior to the flight, or a fixed pattern for photographing the launch site from different angles. To…"
Nov 23, 2012
Tom commented on Chris Anderson's blog post $1250 RTF UAV for autonomous GoPro filming
"Guys, it's designed so that no piloting skills (and no building skills) are needed to use it. I'm not even sure what you're comparing it to, because I've not seen any DIY system that could achieve that with the reliability…"
Nov 23, 2012
Tom commented on Chris Anderson's blog post $1250 RTF UAV for autonomous GoPro filming
"That doesn't look that unreasonable to me. Firstly, it's not a simple RTL autopilot, it will follow a series of waypoints, but these can't be changed in flight. Secondly, it's a commercial offering, with all the potentially…"
Nov 23, 2012
Tom commented on naish's blog post Tracking antenna
"What about re-purposing the clock-spring connector from a multi-function car steering wheel? It wouldn't give continuous rotation, but would keep things tidy for greater than 360 degree travel. Not sure how much friction there is in those…"
Apr 26, 2012
Tom replied to Andrew Van Der Plaats's discussion Nitroplane RQ-11 Fiberglass ARF kit
"It's nowhere near as slow as an Easystar or similar, but it's pretty docile in how it flies. I think the flight characteristics aren't going to catch a beginner out, but being made of fibreglass and balsa, it's not the toughest…"
Jan 14, 2012
Tom replied to Vernon Goss's discussion RQ-11, is this a good UAV platform
"Having owned and flown the RQ-11 replica, I can tell you it's far from an ideal platform for a UAV/camera plane. It should really be seen as a good 1:1 scale military model and that's it. It flies nicely (and by that I mean it's…"
Dec 29, 2011
Tom replied to Adam Gunderson's discussion set up question for an RQ-11
"This isn't a slow plane, even without adding additional weight, and you need a decent amount of power to get it moving. The motor/prop I used wasn't fast, but it had plenty of grunt to get the thing in the air."
Dec 14, 2011
Tom replied to Adam Gunderson's discussion set up question for an RQ-11
"I used this motor with a 54a esc: http://www.wheelspinmodels.co.uk/i/34451/ Mainly because that's what I had lying around and it fitted. With a (I think) 9x6 prop it was more than powerful enough for the plane and would climb fast, then sit at…"
Dec 13, 2011

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