In reply to woolsack: I am thinking of getting one as well. At first it would be good to use it to film climbing but in the future I plan to get into aerial mapping, fitting aerial photographs to DTMs to create 3D topography models and even using it for LIDAR surveys. I think I will get one that would pilot from a laptop and program predetermined flight missions using open source software. I assume the DJI phantom doesn't come set up to do tis as standard?
AUVs are definitely the future for security, data collection and even delivery (e.g. Amazon). It is already heavily regulated in the US and I guess they will bring in stricter regulation here as they become more popular.
I think his is a Phantom 2, it has some kind of back to base GPS function but we haven't delved too deeply in the instruction manual yet, too keen to just go out and fly it.
Superb for night flying last night, clear skies and no wind. Kids today don't know they are born!
Can anyone suggest a cheapish (£150 or so) copter, which you could get and then either upgrade it to be a good camera platform. Or which you could strip some of the parts off and reuse them on a better one.
Basically a cheap one to learn on with a good upgrade path.
Im using a naza m v2, and so far its been fault less. Have you tried the gps dance (involves going round in circles holding the quad at certain angles.... seems to help calibration. -have a look on youtube theres a fair number of people demoing it)
Always plug it in outside in a good area for gps (away from tall trees/buildings)
The ladybird in itself is capable of doing fpv flight with the right bits added, but as its quite small, its better suited to indoor or very low wind outdoor flights. It is very good for its size, and will serve well as an indoor trainer even when you have upgraded
You wont be able to move the core electronics to a bigger craft, but the transmitter can be used.
The expensive bit of larger craft are the electronics tho, so youd be looking at quite an upgrade cost for proper aerial photography.
they are regulated here, it's absolutely illegal to fly them if ANY sort of compensation is promised, or implied. the CAA demands you are licensed and have a permission for aerial work, subject o the air navigation order.
> I think his is a Phantom 2, it has some kind of back to base GPS function but we haven't delved too deeply in the instruction manual yet, too keen to just go out and fly it.
> Superb for night flying last night, clear skies and no wind. Kids today don't know they are born!
What a dumbarse! Lost the quad tonight. Put a DVR camera under it and for some unfathomable reason it just carried on going and we'd not bothered to investigate the back to base settings (being so keen to get it out flying). I hadn't planned on a 3 mile cross country run tonight but that was my punishment for not reading the bloody instructions. Hopefully the finder will look on the SD card and realise where it took off from. Maybe? It's a rural area so we're only talking about 5 or 6 possible houses. Looks like I'll have another cross country run tomorrow morning
The dji phantom is renowned for fly aways. I personally know 3 people that lost there phantom when it just headed home to china. The problem with ready to fly quads like these is that people don't fully understand them and how dangerous they can be when they get out of control.
I've been playing with these things for the last few years and have had a couple of near misses. A flying lawnmower is not something you want yo have coming at you at speed!
Great fun though and I can't wait to get flying again when I've finished renovating my house.
well it will not continue after the battery have died, thats for sure
I had a fixed wing aircraft lying in the woods next to our runway for 6 months (over winter) before i randomly found it.
That flyaway was due to a burned out ESC, i could only watch as it went out of sight tailing smoke.
Look up the default failsafe for your transmitter. Most have a mode set up as default that means if the rx looses signal, it sill set trim automatically (i.e. half throttle, 5deg forward pitch). This might give you an idea of where it has headed off to.
Were you flying by line of sight?
For future reference you can get mini trackers to help relocate a bit like the trackers they put on animals. (must get myself one)
They are smart bits of kit and may have potential for climbing (and guidebook!) photography - but is it just me who finds them horribly noisy things, that can really spoil a nice peaceful day on the crag?
Quadcopter number two now. Walked another three or four miles today, no sign so back to the shop and replaced with an Phantom FC40 with which we may search for Quad number one at the weekend
Using an Android phone with this for FPV
These quadcopters look great, I really like how far they have come since I first saw one years ago.
As one of the things they get used for is filming, how on earth would you know where the camera is pointing?