Wesley Versfeld
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They said it could not be done (APM with U8 28")

Started this discussion. Last reply by MrPrime May 15, 2014. 1 Reply

Let me start at the beginning. Getting this bird in the air was not an easy task and cost huge $$$. Initially I had the APM onboard, but it would not fly at all. After a long time chasing the problem…Continue

Tags: copter, tuning, large, apm2.6, 28"

Mirror MAVLink traffic to multiple groundstations

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Oborne Dec 13, 2013. 1 Reply

Hi,For security purposes, I would like to place Android tablets in the hands on ground crew so they can see the UAV's position and direction in real time - the ground crew would not require control…Continue

Automatic Chute Trigger

Started this discussion. Last reply by Wesley Versfeld Dec 9, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi,I have done some digging around, maybe I missed this.We're getting more flying time from Multirotors by making the props bigger (I'm talking about the 1hr+ range), to the point where there are now…Continue

Tags: chute, recovery, Auto

PixHawk support for CHDK Canon SX260

Started this discussion. Last reply by BkSeatFlyr Jan 27, 2014. 5 Replies

Hi, I'm wondering if the PixHawk will support a CHDK connection to trigger this camera at specific points? What connection would be requried if this is possible?Thanks!Continue

Tags: PixHawk, CHDK


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About Me:
In the IT industry, and as a hobby been flying heli's since 2002, after getting bored I discovered APM - never looked back.
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Looking to use UAVs to solve everyday african problems.


Wesley Versfeld's Blog

Floppy, glued and taped together - but still does 100km

Posted on January 5, 2015 at 9:25am 14 Comments

Went out to test a NCR18650b (4S4P) battery pack we quickly slapped together in our floppy Skywalker (taken a lot of hard landings). Our hope was to get around 90 mins flight time. The wind was constantly hovering around 20kph, so we never really went for distance.

After some time in the air we got to 60km distance, then 70km, etc.…


Another epic drone Game Drive (Flight)

Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:30am 2 Comments

We were asked to do some field testing for the Investec Rhino Life Line with Dr Will Faulds. Thought I'd share some of the footage. Only in Africa! :)

Using APM2.6, Tarot T810, Alexmos BGC (soon to be upgrade to 3 axis) and the trusty GoPro.

Night Safari with Flir equipped Hexacopter

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 12:00am 8 Comments

We headed out into the African bush to demonstrate the UAV + night vision technology on a Game Farm in the north of South Africa. We were interested to see the animals response to the UAV at night. All the animals barely paid attention to the UAV, until a Zebra got spooked which in turn spooked the Impala close by.

For some reason I can't embed YouTube - so here is the link. I'm very…


Flir equipped hexacopter - security UAV in action

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 10:30pm 11 Comments

We did a recent flight minutes after an attempted break in to scan the area for criminals possibly hiding behind walls etc. We took off from a nearby field and allways stay directly over the flield (just in case).

The APM on AC 3.0.1 has been doing a great job in keeping the Tarot T810 hexa in the air (this frame is epic!) and I'm very happy with a flight time of…


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