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 Post subject: Re: Max wind a quadcopter can be flown in? Yes to shoot ride
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 6:13 pm 
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I use the APM2.5 controller with full telemetry which gives plenty of functionality including altitude hold, position hold as well as fully autonomous control. I also use Fatshark FPV. I am currently working on a system that will allow me to fly the quad and have the camera automatically track a moving target (using a GPS transmitter on the target).....

Hi Jimovo,
How is your project doing?


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 Post subject: Re: Max wind a quadcopter can handle? Yes, to shoot riders!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:55 pm 
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Hi Alex, I have made some progress on this but unfortunately have not had as much time as I would have liked... I have a Ublox gps module with integrated antenna attached to an Arduino Nano and 433MHz transmitter along with a lipo battery. The whole setup is approximately half the size of a cigarette packet. It should have a range of at least 1km. I can successfully read GPS location and transmit to the arducopter controller however I am having problems with the Mavlink protocol that arducopter uses. In addition I am still coming up to speed with the Arducopter code. There are a number of people working on similar projects and there is a bit of video around from prototypes if you look. Most of them are working on 'Follow Me' functionality where the copter will automatically follow at a fixed distance and orient the camera at the target. For my purposes I am just happy to have the camera always point at the target and to leave the flying to me. I have a video link from my quad but the camera is gimbal mounted and this makes it very tricky to fly. I typically just park the copter in 'loiter' mode and then use the goggles to work the camera from there. I can manoeuvre the copter in this mode but it is hard to get the nice fluid movement I would otherwise get if I wasn't using the goggles to frame the shot... I am also looking at getting a second RC transmitter to slave off the primary controller so that the goggles could be worn by a second operator that has control of the quad yaw axis and camera pitch. This would allow me to fly with normal line line of sight and for the camera operator to do as they please. Arducopter already has a 'Super Simple' mode where the on board controller translates the pilot input so that it can be independent of the copters orientation. In this mode pitching forward always sends the copter away from the pilot regardless of which way it is facing, and likewise with the roll axis. This means that it is not necessary for the camera mount to have an independent yaw axis. There are still plenty of times when there is only one man for the job so I am still planning on working on this project...


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 Post subject: Re: Max wind a quadcopter can handle? Yes, to shoot riders!
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 Post subject: Re: Max wind a quadcopter can handle? Yes, to shoot riders!
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 Post subject: Re: Max wind a quadcopter can handle? Yes, to shoot riders!
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:23 am 
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I haven't been following this thread so it's possible that the info in the below article (which I haven't read) has already been covered.
http://www.livescience.com/43303-cool-camera-carrying-drones.html

"Photos from Above: 8 Cool Camera-Carrying Drones"

By Denise Chow, Staff Writer | February 14, 2014 06:19pm ET

The page also has ads for GoPro carrying drones.

Personally, I still like this one the best.
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It would seem like the Professional Russian has the quadcopter best suited for shooting kiters.



:lol: :lol: :lol:
I wondered how long till some guy would take my question literally! :jump: :jump: :jump:

PS: I came across that video during my searches, but it didn't occur to me to post it here. Good you did, RichardM. I don't mind that sort of topic hijacking...

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 Post subject: Re: Max wind a quadcopter can handle? Yes, to shoot riders!
PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:48 pm 
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For the gun controllers who may think my favorite drone (above) is excessive, here's a new one to shoot (miscreant) kiters.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2576091/The-smart-security-drone-STUN-GUN-built-attack-intruders.html#ixzz2vNTP7taR

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 Post subject: Re: Max wind a quadcopter can handle? Yes, to shoot riders!
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:35 pm 
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Any kiters (or others) who might want to use drones in US National Parks are now potential criminals.

"Drones Banned from All US National Parks"

"by DENISE CHOW | LIVE SCIENCE | JULY 8, 2014

Drones have been banned from all national parks in the United States, according to new regulations established by U.S. government officials.

The National Park Service (NPS), the government agency that manages the nation’s national parks, monuments and other historical sites, has outlawed launching, landing or operating drones over all federally administered lands and waters. Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, signed the policy memo into effect on June 27."

More details can be found at
http://www.infowars.com/drones-banned-from-all-us-national-parks/

It's almost as if they're preparing to make sure that they can prevent brave Americans from seeing and RECORDING what is going on in "federally administered lands and waters."

Isn't it comforting to know that in the land of the really free some bureaucrat who only has our best interests at heart can decide to make certain people criminals by signing a policy memo ?

Sig Heil!

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