RC Fail

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Today was a day of great fail.  First, my FPV plane on its maiden flight got stuck in a tree.  A friend of mine was piloting it and got a bit too close.  On a positive note, the flight up until the crash was awesome.  I am amazed at how fast the skysurfer plane isContinue Reading

TBS FPV Flights Part 2

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Now I’m getting a bit more comfortable in my flights.  I have a good flight done from around my house as well a new PIP with the FPV OSD overlay.  

TBS Video Roundup

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I’ve been flying quite a bit lately and experimenting with different video configurations.   I’ve made a few tweaks to the Naza config and the improvement is notice.  Take a look!  

TBS Discovery Gopro Dampening

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The TBS Discovery had two cameras on board.  One of which is one that is used for FPV and streams analog video for FPV purposes.  The second one is a gopro which captures 1080p video of the flight.  The high resolution causes vibration to be very noticable.  I’ve already balanced the props/frame, so the nextContinue Reading

TBS Discovery

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Continuing with my normal tradition, its time to dust off the quadcopters and get to flying.  So to get things kicked off I decided to convert my DJI F450 into a TBS Discovery.  I’ve added some leg extensions to the bottom to make landings and takeoffs easier. I’ve also added some additional lighting for flyingContinue Reading

UAV Glider

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The battery life of quads is a bit dismal in its current state. I can typically fly for 7-12 minutes per battery, but that goes by very quickly. It also means I can cover much ground with it flying as a UAV. I’ve decided to branch out and get a glider. This will allow meContinue Reading

Quad Lighting

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If you’ve seen some of the near dark videos of my f450 flying, you can see how hard it is to see with a dark backdrop. I’ve started to design a lighting prototype around a TLC5940 chip and an arduino micro. I’d like to be able to do animations based on one or more inputs.Continue Reading

F450 X468 Gimbal

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I thought a gyro-stabilized gimbal would improve the video footage from my quad. I decided to go with X468 carbon fiber gimbal. The servos are driven by the naza controller. It works nicely as you can see below.

Second F450 Crash

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So I crashed again . I was at a local park and it got out of control. Rather than injure someone or something, I dropped the throttle and grounded it. Looks like I’m going to need some more arms …

New Quad

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After the last video I posted of the ardupilot loitering, I decided that I was trying to tune it blind. I’ve never had any other quad, and the frame on that one I had built from scratch. In order to truly know what needs to be done to improve the frame, I need to flyContinue Reading