Let's go fly a drone!

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  1. Apr 27, 2019 #21

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    My little foam electric powered sailplane weighs 19 oz. I refuse to comply with such a overreach law as to require anything over .55 pounds to be registered.
    Going to take the receiver and servos out and burn it. Would love to burn it in front of a FAA office.
     
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  2. Apr 27, 2019 #22

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    Aah, here we go....they can have my model airplane when they pry it from my cold dead fingers!
     
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  3. Apr 29, 2019 #23

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    Flying a little multirotor on goggles can't be as much fun as flying a full sized one, ...but it's still a blast.

    I've been playing with this thing for about year now and it's a great way to relax after a hard day of eating pot luck at church and surfing the interweb. ;)

    ...a little sunset cruise this afternoon

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  4. Apr 29, 2019 #24

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    Is that 3D goggles? Or why is there left and right screens.
     
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    The goggles focus one image on each eye. The HUD is 3D (different image in each eye) but since I only have one camera on the drone the camera image is 2D (same image in both eyes). But at normal eye spacing humans only have real stereo depth perception out to 10' or 15' anyway so a single camera is fine.

    I have an "entry level" setup that uses cheap VR goggles that you slide a smartphone into. The $20 ones work as well as the $200 ones.

    EDIT: With a little practice you can view stereo images in 3D without goggles.
     
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    Does anyone know if there is an "open source" kit or plans for building a multi-rotor big enough to hold a human?
     
  7. Apr 29, 2019 #27

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    Not plans...but a pretty detailed description of how its done in a series of videos starting here:
     
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    Nice! What aircraft are you flying? I love the OSD, it's a lot richer than the character based overlay you get with betaflight builds.
    I've never flown a manned copter either but I'd imagine that the experience of being in it is offset at least slightly by its physical limitations, playing around in an FPV racer with a thrust to weight of 10 can be pretty addicting.
     
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    I've just got a little Parrot Bebop2 (a great FPV drone but Parrot is a horrible to company to deal with). The software that comes with it is trash so I use Auriga Bebop It's MUCH better software (it works, it's free, it has head tracking, you can override the altitude limits, etc.)

    I've flown a few FPV racers. They're fun but they're definitely not relaxing ;) ...how those guys fly those things through a hulahoop at 100mph is beyond me. I think 3D printers were invented just to keep the racers in spare parts.
     
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    Very cool to know that open source and DIY type stuff exists in the off-the-shelf side of the hobby too.

    It's just like anything else, you start slow and get faster by crashing a lot till ya don't crash no more. Looking at my race footage from when I first started makes me cringe every time.
     
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    When I was flying RC airplane in Open Pylon (unlimited engine) I usually built 4 or 5 airframes at a time. You just don't get that good no matter how much you practice and parts break in flight. I practiced about 20-25 hrs a week. Mixed my high nitro fuel in 5 gal cans at a time. Also flew in Fun Flying competition, ( most spins, rolls, etc in 30 seconds).
     
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    Of course you're right, I misspoke. If you're trying to push yourself and improve, you never stop crashing, you just get faster. Guess what I meant was that originally I would frequently crash just trying to get through a race gate at all, but these days I crash when trying to perform increasingly aggressive moves.
    The people who are good enough to have sponsors behind them (read: definitely not me) are known to show up to big races with several fully built, identical drones! Nobody stops crashing, I know.
     
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    They said my off-the-shelf drone was idiot-proof. ...I've proved them wrong many times (lol)
     
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    Are plans for any of these advertised in the back of PopMech yet?
     
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