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Old Jan 09, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Prizes!! Yeahhh!

At this point, one copter could be in first place for every category for 2012
That's right! All we need are submissions!! Come claim your spot. It's probably best to be specific though about which category you are entering -- almost each category requires a purpose built craft, I think. I am personally planning to better my 2011 'duration' record of 28:30. Just don't know yet how I am going to do that
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Old Jan 09, 2012, 05:44 PM
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tim that flight time is super awesome and confirms my thoughts that the less arms you have the more efficient the setup....

I have a very big client meeting tomorrow so I can't risk any machines right now but after tomorrow I hope to do some long range fpv stuff.... "long range" however I am not sure how I could ever compete with your 28 min tricopter!!!! you could go for a long distance!

Steve
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Old Jan 09, 2012, 09:01 PM
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tim that flight time is super awesome and confirms my thoughts that the less arms you have the more efficient the setup....

I have a very big client meeting tomorrow so I can't risk any machines right now but after tomorrow I hope to do some long range fpv stuff.... "long range" however I am not sure how I could ever compete with your 28 min tricopter!!!! you could go for a long distance!

Steve
Thanks! The best part of my 28:30 set-up is that it still has plenty of lift/thrust. I could theoretically fly out for 13 minutes or so and then turn around to come back. You could cover a good distance in 13 minutes. I am guessing around 5km going about 25km/hour. Have to find a way to try this.
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Old Jan 09, 2012, 09:29 PM
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Thanks! The best part of my 28:30 set-up is that it still has plenty of lift/thrust. I could theoretically fly out for 13 minutes or so and then turn around to come back. You could cover a good distance in 13 minutes. I am guessing around 5km going about 25km/hour. Have to find a way to try this.
Tim man, you're going to have to really bring it. I'm sure you saw the 51 minute video that was posted today.
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Old Jan 09, 2012, 10:24 PM
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^^^ whaaaaaaaaaaaat?

link please
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Old Jan 09, 2012, 10:35 PM
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^^^ whaaaaaaaaaaaat?

link please
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1570880

Going to be hard to beat. Only weighs 1520g with 3s8000mah lipo. Handmade carbon fiber props, 4 in 1 esc, etc.
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Old Jan 10, 2012, 12:00 AM
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Tim man, you're going to have to really bring it. I'm sure you saw the 51 minute video that was posted today.
No, had not seen it before you mentioned it. That is truly amazing. Tony uses amazing high end components. I put him in first place in the all out time duration category. That will be very hard to beat.
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Old Jan 10, 2012, 12:12 AM
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I did some math and i could use the same 3s set up: 4 2200 mah 3s lipos in parallel for a total of 8800 mah. That would be about 800g in lipo weight for a total auw of around 1600g for my tri. Total thrust with my HK-4008 motors on 3s and 10x4.7 props would be about 2100g. So I should get airborne, but it would be close. The question is if 3 motors running at 3/4 throttle would consume more or less energy than 4 motors running at 1/2 throttle.
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 02:27 AM
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Quick question, Is the Mr. Lifter contest limited to electric power?
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 06:21 AM
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I did some math and i could use the same 3s set up: 4 2200 mah 3s lipos in parallel for a total of 8800 mah. That would be about 800g in lipo weight for a total auw of around 1600g for my tri. Total thrust with my HK-4008 motors on 3s and 10x4.7 props would be about 2100g. So I should get airborne, but it would be close. The question is if 3 motors running at 3/4 throttle would consume more or less energy than 4 motors running at 1/2 throttle.
That is an interesting question. With 4 motors there is the extra weight of the 4th motor/esc/arm. So is this extra weight offset by operating at a higher efficiency due to lower power per motor?

I think the best way to determine this is to get one of the motors on a test stand and measure power consumption vs thrust. With the power consumption measured for each operating point ( 3 vs 4 motor build required thrust) it should be easy to determine which is best.
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 07:22 AM
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That is an interesting question. With 4 motors there is the extra weight of the 4th motor/esc/arm. So is this extra weight offset by operating at a higher efficiency due to lower power per motor?

I think the best way to determine this is to get one of the motors on a test stand and measure power consumption vs thrust. With the power consumption measured for each operating point ( 3 vs 4 motor build required thrust) it should be easy to determine which is best.
Good idea. I have never created such a power consumption curve. I have a watt meter, which I guess is what you'd use to generate a watt curve like that. What's a good way to measure thrust?
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 07:23 AM
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Quick question, Is the Mr. Lifter contest limited to electric power?
No, it's only limited to multi-rotors
Which category are you thinking about?
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 07:32 AM
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Good idea. I have never created such a power consumption curve. I have a watt meter, which I guess is what you'd use to generate a watt curve like that. What's a good way to measure thrust?
You can measure thrust directly with a scale. Also if you have a tachometer and can measure rpm you can look up thrust for a particular propeller.
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Old Jan 13, 2012, 05:56 PM
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You can measure thrust directly with a scale. Also if you have a tachometer and can measure rpm you can look up thrust for a particular propeller.
Thank you -- I like your simple test stand!
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Old Jan 14, 2012, 10:42 AM
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Thank you -- I like your simple test stand!
The scale I use measures -ve weight too. Usually I just mount the prop to push down, but I added double sided tape between the scale and the stand and I can measure with the prop pulling up too.
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