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Posted by spydmobile | Oct 11, 2011 @ 11:54 AM | 2,328 Views
Hi folks, I have built a dedicated site for my Model UAV lab, Too many videos, too many build logs and too many multirotors on too many forums so I consolidated everything into one site, I will leave my posts and what not here, but new stuff and all my old stuff is on my Lab site now:

Everyone is welcome to visit, I share everything I do.
http://lab.westernwillow.com

Posted by spydmobile | Jul 19, 2011 @ 12:00 PM | 4,872 Views
For those who apprciate a bit of extreme quadcoptering, here is an excerpt from a 30 minute mission I did at work this summer, I wanted to share this very special aspect of our favorite pasttime, since I get to do it and get paid, however we are posting since quad footage like this is rarely seen: Music By Zep!

7 minute summary:
Project FireEye 2011 - ARDi Flies Wildfire (7 min 5 sec)


Full 30 Minute mission: Coming Soon

Project FireEye 2011 (Government of the Northwest Territories and Western Willow Ventures Inc.)
Mission: Wildfire ZF12 - 140km north of Fort Providence NWT, Canada

Priority mission objectives (Operational): Using Micro-UAV and a ground camera, document the burnout action on fire ZF12, capture any possible extreme fire behaviour from altitude and afar.

Secondary mission objectives (Fire Sciences): Prove the ability of MUAV Platform to be flown, capture HD video documentation, and survive intact, a close up encounter with a wildland fire (intensity class 4)

Micro-UAV (Flying Western Willow Ventures Inc's A.R.D.i - Aerial Research Drone 1 - Flying a 30 cm Mk Quad, FC only, with 2.4 FASST

Camera 1: Gopro HD Hero R3 720p/60fps - Airborne (ARDi)

Camera 2: Panasonic TM700 1080p/60fps - Ground Tripod mount

The flying conditions were difficult due to the shifting winds, before the burnout action, once the two sides of the fire met in the middle, it was like flying blind in a hurricane. Myself (The Pilot) and the Mission Commander (...Continue Reading
Posted by spydmobile | Feb 28, 2011 @ 01:25 PM | 3,035 Views
Claude wanted me share this simple mod, but I could not attach an image to a private message so I am posting it here:
Posted by spydmobile | Feb 10, 2011 @ 06:04 PM | 2,917 Views
Well after weeks of debugging, RD3 is ready for test flights. this little video shows some of the test hops in the living room, funny how a big multi-R like this outgrows the livingroom the instant it can be controlled LOL

Tonight we do a real test flight!!!!
PS no wisecracks about my Rangefinder dangling since I dont use the RF, the Baro , the GPS, or autoland in the livingroom
RD3 - Test Hover and Hops (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by spydmobile | Jan 28, 2011 @ 10:12 AM | 3,136 Views
The UAVX is not yet ready for flight testing, I have a bug in the throttle causing unpredictable throttle increases. For now I have small 8 inch props to keep it weak and safer. This video shows it jumping up to full throttle first off. back to debugging but we are getting there!

RD3: UAVX Octo First Test Hops and Hover test - FAILED (1 min 5 sec)

Posted by spydmobile | Jan 17, 2011 @ 09:12 PM | 3,257 Views
Lol In just 3 days, my bro Duane and I built another UAVX octo!!!!!
Specs are the same as RD3 but using a DIY Drones PPM adapter and a Spektrum DX8. ...Continue Reading
Posted by spydmobile | Jan 09, 2011 @ 10:16 PM | 3,475 Views
Well after a mad marathon of building I have the Octo together.

The Octo Features:
Rusty's Rev 7 Frame - Star Configuration octocopter frame (Carbon Fiber, Fiberglass and Delrin)
UAVX Flight Controller with Full Sensor array including maxbotics MaxSonar (MB1230)
GPS, Compass & Barometer
22-20L Hacker Style Brushless Motors
30Amp ESCs
Futaba R617FS Receiver with Old Man Mike's(OMM) PPM adapter V2

Since I mistakenly did not buy any servo Y adapters, I have only 4 arms running, but did a spin up test tonight and those 4 work great.

No flight testing yet, but will post again after I build another Octo with my brother first.....

This beast is named RD3 (like ARDi 3) and is pretty big.
Posted by spydmobile | Dec 29, 2010 @ 05:35 PM | 3,532 Views
Frame is test fit, motors assembled and bullets soldered, bullets on motor wires on each ESC.
Posted by spydmobile | Oct 26, 2010 @ 04:53 PM | 4,174 Views
My first RC flight was made with this:


http://www.aerobot.com.au/shop/index...od&productId=3

Next was with my ME MK Quad named ARDi Custom Built by Simon Jardine of aerobot.com.au
This is version 0.0


ARDi underwent many different rebuilds and kind of looks like this with more stuff hanging off this is version 3.0 ardi is now 7.0
...Continue Reading