DIY Drones

Discussion in 'All Things Boats & Boating' started by Charly, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. Charly
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  2. Doug Lord
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    Thanks-thats a great site!
     
  3. BPL
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    Yes thanks!
    Intrigued by the ArduCopter, questioning avoidance safety in robot-mode. Programming could take over whenever a ArduCopter exceeds control range.
     
  4. Doug Lord
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    Rotron

    I was involved in a video piloted helicopter project in 1984-87. The Company I founded was Rotron and at that time according to the owners of Miniature Aircraft(Schulter helis and then X-cell) no one had flown an RC heli using just a video camera and video transmitter. So as far as I know we were the first and patented our system. It was a lot of fun but we couldn't get the financing to take the next step but it was quite an experience.

    Pictures,L to R: 1 -a twin side by side copter I designed and built from Schulter components, 2 & 3- our basic single rotor video piloted heli.#2 shows the co-ax we used while I was learning to fly so that we wouldn't destroy the $20,000 video transmiter(same thing now costs about $500!). 4&5 show our custom van-it had a landing pad that rolled out the back end and lifted up to roof height. The pilot sat inside watching a TV screen. It was immense fun flying this way and much easier than normal "rc" flying.
     

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  5. Leo Lazauskas
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    Nice work, Doug!
    I'm a bit shocked that you didn't add foils to the under-carriage. ;)
     
  6. Doug Lord
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    Thanks ,Leo! I got my foil fix from the ones rotating overhead.......
     

  7. goodwilltoall
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    Survivalblog has a recent article for building a $1,000 drone minus the laptop. They are going down in price just like everything else that isnt a monopoly/syndicate or regulated.
     
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