Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Mozza » Thu May 18, 2017 1:10 pm

And how many times did you watch it to find the clip.......
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Thu May 18, 2017 3:11 pm

Mozza wrote:And how many times did you watch it to find the clip.......


I recon a couple more watches should do it :lol:
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Thu May 18, 2017 3:13 pm

I was googling around trying to find some info and some inspiration on antenna mounts. When I came across a link to this unlisted video of some guys 'Maiden Flight'.

It made me feel quite good about mine.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNa9W7xwP6U

Poor bugger! :( I suspect he had his CW and CCW props out of place.
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Mozza » Fri May 19, 2017 8:05 am

I think I would step back a few paces as well if I saw all those blades coming towards me.........
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Fri May 19, 2017 8:17 am

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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Fri May 26, 2017 8:00 am

Did anyone else catch the DJI Spark announcement?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PerLaX4TcoY

Holy poop, that thing is cooler than a penguins bum!

I kinda want one :oops:
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Fri May 26, 2017 8:15 am

As you may have noticed in the maiden flight video my Taranis transmitter is quite a hackable beastie. It speaks to you to save having to look at the screen in flight. Giving battery level warnings and flight mode change info among othe things.

So I of course hacked mine to play 'Danger Zone - by Kenny Loggins'



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siwpn14IE7E

Because...... why wouldn't you...?

But the speaker in the Taranis is a little..... well..... little

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But, because we live in the future, I can solve that with the power of the internets!

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An upgraded speaker and a 3d printed adapter... from 'Straya!

&

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A 21mm speaker grille (from Essex)

Total cost of parts.... £10

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Here's the 'Before' shot

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Pretty easy to install. Pull the old speaker out. Few drops of hot melt to glue in the adapter and the speaker.

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Then the scary part.... Drilling a 21mm hole in the plastic case. Thank goodness for Christmas Tree drill bits!

A few more spots of hot melt glue

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Upgrade complete :thumb:

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and now my terrible terrible music sounds so much better!
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby MikeA » Fri May 26, 2017 8:49 am

Cerberus wrote:Did anyone else catch the DJI Spark announcement?



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PerLaX4TcoY

Holy poop, that thing is cooler than a penguins bum!

I kinda want one :oops:



That is pretty sweet.
I noticed the other day that Nissan are giving away Parrot Drones with New Xtrails - kinda makes it an expensive way to get a drone though
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:22 pm

So whats been going on in the world of the drone...!? Another month, another pay cheque, another allocation of pocket money :thumb:

The drone can fly autonomous missions controlled from a laptop. Replacing the usb cable with a 433mhz radio link.

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But a laptop is very bulky and the screen is not portable enough to have in front of you as you fly. The solution is the addition of an android tablet which connects to the usb radio module using an android OTG (on the go) cable. A two inch cable that costs twleve quid from Maplin! :banghead:

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I delved into the drawer of dead phones and came up a winner with Sam's old Galaxy Note 4. Then I ordered a tablet mount for the controller.

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Carbon fibre and everything! Well swish!

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But it was incredibly fiddly to attach and made the transmitter too bulky to fit back in it's case. It was designated a failure.

The intertubes turned up a solution. A 3d printed mount. Except it wasn't quite right for my application. An hour with the source file and some adjustments were made.

The prototype

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Final design tweaks

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Final print

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Much better :)

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While I had the 3d printer out I could solve another little problem. The flight controller safety switch was now covered by the new "art of the joy of sex, canopy".

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Which meant having to muck about arming the vehicle. I didn't like that once you had 'armed' it, theoretically putting it into it's most dangerous state, one then had to fiddle and faff the canopy back on.

So I did some designing.....

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You can see the evolution of the part in that pic. First print success this time.

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It clips onto the top and bottom plates and then two zip ties hold it in place

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Which places it neatly below the canopy on the rear of the vehicle

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The other canopy issue was that the GPS mount now needed to be moved. So I got some accessory mounts that are placed on the arms.

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Which the folding GPS mount is then attached to

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While I was on my spending spree..... I bought a neat little aluminium bracket that locks the battery connector solidly to the lower plate.

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Making battery changes much easier.

Speaking of which......

10000mah, 4s, lipo battery

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Which weighs the same as the rest of the vehicle without battery!!

Just need to log more flying time now. It's still a very intimidating thing to fly!

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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:36 pm

A little teaser for the next instalment.......

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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby stuartb » Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:55 pm

If you can handle the extra weight and size then a "kill-switch" from a bike, or race-car might be more satisfying than a little push switch.
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:31 pm

stuartb wrote:If you can handle the extra weight and size then a "kill-switch" from a bike, or race-car might be more satisfying than a little push switch.


It's a nice idea. But complicated by this switch being momentary and having an led in it that flashes different codes depending on the moods of the flight controller.
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Curlyteeth » Mon Jun 05, 2017 2:50 pm

That thing is a beast!!

I love it :thumb:
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:05 am

Well the Raspberry pi doodah didn't doobly doo.. but I know why. So more on that next flight!

Haven't sprung for the gimbal mount yet but I have had a flight with a GoPro on a static mount.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcPkdfc8cvM

I totally forgot to retract the landing gear and the camera was on the wonk. But not a bad proof of concept :mrgreen:
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Cerberus » Wed Jun 28, 2017 1:28 pm

I did promise more on the Raspberry Pi buuuuuuut the last flight was at twilight so I don;t have any footage.

Basically.... It's a Raspberry Pi with a Pi camera (webcam) attached. It connects to a wifi hotspot that I carry with the drone kit. Giving me a first person view live feed from the drone. Quite cool, but the webcam doesn't handle low light.

I still haven't purchased the gopro gimbal :(

But I have had a play with some lights to help me figure out which way the drone is pointing during flight.

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A bit of code on an Arduino. Gives me some nice interactive staus lighting.

Jiji helped me with the code of course......

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First LED lit test flight...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RLfwFzAqRM

Going to need some bigger batteries :oops:
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Re: Hexacopter aerial filming platform project

Postby Vic » Thu Jun 29, 2017 9:08 pm

This had better turn up at our meeting at some point ...............Epic :thumb:
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