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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Mike » Thu, Oct 03 2013, 07:02 PM

I have a niece who worked with something like this--external cameras monitoring the quadcopter to help control them--in an internship at Nasa.

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Pkrekel » Thu, Oct 03 2013, 07:52 PM

I have a hexacopter on my bench right. Almost finished

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Darkspark » Thu, Oct 03 2013, 10:15 PM

Pictures!???! I really think you should be building a dodecocopter! Slacker......
Seriously though I would very much like to see some photos.

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Mike » Fri, Oct 04 2013, 08:18 AM

Yes Paul, lets at least see some photos of the work in progress !

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Jeff » Fri, Oct 04 2013, 02:08 PM

The Phantom 2 Vision comes out in November... Want! Want! Want!

(They say it will be more expensive than the Phantom 1, but less expensive than the Phantom + stabilizing Gimbal and camera as that is integrated into the unit.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc3qNK47L7c
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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Pkrekel » Fri, Oct 04 2013, 02:15 PM

Really cool site for this http://www.diydrones.com

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Jeff » Mon, Oct 28 2013, 10:44 AM

Went to meet our local flyers yesterday. (Another bad wind day. We've had that most of the times I've tried to fly out here.)

Anyway, the guy in the club that is big into RC and copters brought his quadcopter rig for me to check out. It's not a ready-to-fly kit like the Phantom, it's a different kind of kit where you buy the pieces separately...the structure, the flight controller, the receivers, etc. (A lot of the parts are from DJI though)

He had the same GoPro gimbal, but with his setup, he could do manual tilting of the camera angle in flight. I don't think it's much cheaper to go the build-your-own route, but it is way more flexible in terms of things you can add, extra functionality. It does everything the Phantom does, and more. Can even add in the camera live view on another frequency.

I've got some research to do, but I'm leaning toward going this route...
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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby cadguy » Mon, Oct 28 2013, 10:57 AM

there is also a quadcopter made by the Blade company that can carry a GoPro. One of our rc sailboat guys flew it over the pond while we were racing our boats. I have not seen that video yet.

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Darkspark » Mon, Nov 04 2013, 08:35 PM

Blade makes nice stuff, particularly for the price. And they are based out of Champaign. I have a few of their heli's.
They just released a quad with a high def camera with multiple fly modes. Ready to fly for $180 or so. Not too bad if you are wanting to give it a go for a reasonable price. Blade's heli's are usually really easy to fly. their gyro software is pretty amazing on the helis anyway. I would imagine the quad is the same.

http://www.bladehelis.com/180QX/

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Darkspark » Mon, Nov 04 2013, 08:36 PM

And you could disconnect the camera and use it on an inexpensive KAP rig.

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Darkspark » Mon, Nov 04 2013, 08:38 PM

And their bigger fancier one!
http://www.bladehelis.com/350QX/

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Mike » Tue, Nov 05 2013, 06:12 AM

What seems to be the most important, and most expensive, part is the gimbal for the camera mount. When the one in Indiana worked, it was great.

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Jeff » Wed, Nov 06 2013, 11:13 AM

Mike wrote:What seems to be the most important, and most expensive, part is the gimbal for the camera mount. When the one in Indiana worked, it was great.

I've found another online for much cheaper, around $150.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor ... oller.html
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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Mike » Thu, Nov 07 2013, 09:46 AM

That's much cheaper...
So who's getting one for Xmas? :)

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Jeff » Thu, Nov 07 2013, 10:32 AM

I think I'll be building one. A lot of learning to do along the way.

There's a lot of cool stuff you can do picking parts. For example, Joe's (he's the guy out here that's into RC and built one) has a radio that uses voice to periodically inform him of flight details like altitude and battery remaining. It's got several flight modes that change how the copter reacts to control...for example, you have it so that pushing forward is away from you regardless of the orientation of the copter... it's really amazing.
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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby KiteVoice » Sun, Dec 01 2013, 07:51 PM

On "60 Minutes" tonight, they showed Amazon experimenting with octo-copters as delivery vehicles.

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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby Jeff » Mon, Dec 02 2013, 01:35 PM

I heard about that.

I had also seen a neat TED Talk about using unmanned copters to deliver food and medical supplies to regions of the world where access is frequently cut off. Interesting stuff.
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Re: Quadcopter!

Postby TMadz » Tue, Dec 03 2013, 04:13 PM

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