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Old Dec 02, 2012, 03:53 AM
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Blade MCX oscillation

Good Blade MCX autopilot (2 min 43 sec)


Another aircraft converted to autopilot was dead accurate, vindicating the machine vision & autopilot system in flying a super microscopic indoor copter. The previous Blade MCX had a natural oscillation when flown manually, which the autopilot couldn't cope with.


It turned out the problem in internet lingo was "toilet bowl effect" & the solution was soaking the flybar assembly in 3 in 1 oil. So now there are 2 autopilot capable Blade MCX's in the apartment.


Comparing a stock Blade MCX with an autonomous one, the full autopilot with hot glue is only 3.7 grams.

A ladybird with simulated payload but no power usage flew for 5 minutes.

A stock Blade MCX with no autopilot flew for 11 minutes. Those 3.7 grams + 180mA of current take away a lot. The blade was freakishly stable. It drew the battery to 3.4V unloaded.

The blade with autopilot drew the battery to 3.9V before losing yaw control.
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