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    quadcopter members?

    Just wondering if any member have built their own quad? If so please post pictures

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    No disposable income for one here--it'd be an eyeball magnet for the blades.

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    I'm curious though. How does on build their own? Must the controller program be written? Or is that a black box with some tuning parameters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slang View Post
    I'm curious though. How does on build their own? Must the controller program be written? Or is that a black box with some tuning parameters?
    Sorry for the delay I haven't been here in a while.. But to reply to you, it's an app you use called cleanflight. Programming the flight controller is fairly easy nowadays. The default settings usually work very well.

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    A got one for Christmas, should start putting together soon since the weather is improving.
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    Mine is just a store bought one and seems a few " test flights and you are back recharging the battery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    Mine is just a store bought one and seems a few " test flights and you are back recharging the battery.
    Yes that's usually the case. Even with the one I built my 250 quad the flight time with the 4S 1300 mAh battery is only 5 minutes. Each battery is about $25. And I have 5 of them. A good option is to get the mavic pro. I think that's what it's called it's black and at least $1,000. If you want to build your own you need to go quite big of a quadcopter to make the flight time anything more than 10 minutes. In which case each battery costs around $400 and the rest of the electronics get quite expensive also as opposed to my little 250 racing quad

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    Thr propellers play a role also, a steeper pitch will drain the battery more, as will a triblade but you will have more thrust. If the prop pitch isnt so much and its only a regular two ended blade. It will have less thrust but you can fly for a longer amount of time

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    I got it to take off. With this model you have to sets of props and they have to arrange a certain way which I did on Friday and got to launch. One good thing about using a inexpensive kit is it good to learn on.
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    I have a whole buncha inexpensive ones, to play around with. One of our students went the self-build route. Fried one of the motors by putting in the wrong battery. When he was testing it, he had been cautioned he should use a tether, but he thought he was just going to see if it responded. It flipped over, and one of the blades struck his thumb and split the fingernail clean. Coulda been much much worse.

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    Every time I see this thread I remember this previous one, started by the late LookingSkyward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I got it to take off. With this model you have to sets of props and they have to arrange a certain way which I did on Friday and got to launch. One good thing about using a inexpensive kit is it good to learn on.
    Yes inexpensive kits and spare parts. Eventually ypill habe enougg spare parts, you'll realize you can build another quad or two. Ans yeah the propeller order is always the same. Thou, somsthing software order (numbering 1, 2, 3, 4, ect ect) is sometimes different depending on your flight controller. -- the propeller direction is always the same thou. The two front propellers should always cyclone inward from the top and the two bottom propellers should always cycle inward from the bottom








    Quote Originally Posted by grapes View Post
    I have a whole buncha inexpensive ones, to play around with. One of our students went the self-build route. Fried one of the motors by putting in the wrong battery. When he was testing it, he had been cautioned he should use a tether, but he thought he was just going to see if it responded. It flipped over, and one of the blades struck his thumb and split the fingernail clean. Coulda been much much worse.
    I also have cut myself from the props. Usually during the esc calibration. You have to throttle all the way up to set the limits and sometimes accidentally not in the program or whatever and instead of setting the limits off thrust it and cut my fingers. Another time it launched into my leg area.. I had pants and boxers on but it's still turn my skin blood red and peeled is a little, I have little scars on my leg now. It's crazy

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    The weather cleared up this afternoon so I went out to the "launch pad and airfield" to play around I think I have enough space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Every time I see this thread I remember this previous one, started by the late LookingSkyward.
    The drone-eye-view video of the pumpkin launch and collision with the camera is worth the price of admission! They looked for the pieces for hours, never found the transmitter, apparently the gopro camera was ok

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    I would like get one with a camera to get better pictures of animals, never thought of the garden.
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    You could use one to get to areas where it is hard for people or make one to get samples.
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    I wonder what would happen if flipped the cameras around and got a bunch of them to flew steady.
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    It could be modified after that point for something that would go a lot higher and switch out props for something else because the props would be useless.
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    But for now I would settle for a better way to find it after it lands, little quadcopter big field.
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    The ones you see at Ames Research take all the cute out of them, in my opinion.

    You can sometimes see clouds of the quad drones moving with intent, and you realize that there is no way there is bunker somewhere with a hundred people with joysticks flying them individually.

    Though equally impressive are the pair of drone 18 wheelers that chase each other at 80 mph for more than an hour at a time, in an oval course on a runway and once they establish their set distance from each other never separate by more than a few millimeters.

    (I'm glad those Ames people are on our side.)
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