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Old Mar 16, 2013, 09:17 PM
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Can you detach/ exchange the arms like on the Goonakele?
Would help for packing/ travelling and otherwise the frame is a total write off after a crash?
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 09:54 PM
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Having just flown a HT-450 quad with a GoPro and a Horizon HD into the ocean at Cambria I watch your thread with interest. I did not have my floats or GPS on because I was coming from doing photos on a high cliff with many trees. Video Transmitter failed, Bad Move!

I had dunked that bird twice in Smith River. Once w/ no damage and I took off from moving water like that is what I wanted to do. I also sank one and everything except the flight camera and the Naza recovered. All 4 ESCs made it. I like water, perfect your design and move fast before the East rips you off.

BTW, I am an U/W professional and the minimum cost we have for losing a seal in the ocean starts at the cost of a Nikon body and lens and goes up from there for housing electronics. You do not even think about the cost of losing a Red Camera or Pro HD Digital Rig. Water is all powerful, expect the worse and redesign for when you find if it worked!

Be Well and keep going.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 07:04 AM
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Can you detach/ exchange the arms like on the Goonakele?
Would help for packing/ travelling and otherwise the frame is a total write off after a crash?
Watercopter 2 (1 min 7 sec)


The arms are made separately and bonded on they are easy to change and cheap ,
The body would only be written off after a very heavy crash !
We did think about making the arms removable but there are pros and cons such as loss of rigidity and added weight against ease of transportation and shipping.
It could well be a modification for the future.

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Old Mar 17, 2013, 05:19 PM
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I really like you design and could see myself buying one.
Please forgive me if I ask:
What does differentiate your product from others cheaper products, lets say a Aquacopter. Both can start / land on water and have a hard mounted go pro underneath.?
If there would be a stabilised 2 axis go pro gimbal inside, then we are talking...
Keep up the good work!
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 08:16 PM
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I really like you design and could see myself buying one.
Please forgive me if I ask:
What does differentiate your product from others cheaper products, lets say a Aquacopter. Both can start / land on water and have a hard mounted go pro underneath.?
If there would be a stabilised 2 axis go pro gimbal inside, then we are talking...
Keep up the good work!
The Watercopter has been designed specifically for videoing at speed,
It has enough room inside for a 4s 3600 may battery could be bigger if needed, room for FPV gear including a tilt capable FPV camera , It will come with a set of heat sinks for the esc's (this totally sorts any internal heat problems)
It is also big enough to house all the antennas apart from the video down link (that is pretty waterproof anyway).

Oh and it looks better Lol !

It has not been designed for hooning about doing flips and crashing in the water but more for serious FPV Similar to the TBS discovery but with the ability to land and take off from the water if the need arises.

We plan to make a water 'resistant ' two axis' under mount for the hero 3 in the future .
I think it will still be favorite to mount the hero 3 in its case under rather than inside looking out of the dome as there is always going to be a degree of reflection and lack of clarity looking through a plastic dome.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 08:30 PM
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Much better design than aquacopter. just need to keep price down and sell lots.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 08:56 PM
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Nick, I dont know if its possible but could there be a way to make the dome out of polarized material?. That could keep the glare and reflections under control?.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 10:07 PM
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Some pictures.
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Old Mar 17, 2013, 10:21 PM
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well those did not attach !
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 12:33 AM
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Nice video and pictures.
What is the gps like feature in the front?
FPV and the tube a breather for the baro?
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Okay, I want one of these!

Although after finally testing my aquacopter in water, it became apparent that having some buoyancy under the motors was VERY important!
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 09:41 PM
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Nice video and pictures.
What is the gps like feature in the front?
FPV and the tube a breather for the baro?
The GPS works great in the domed part of the body , Yes the breather tube is a temporary baro pressure fix.

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Old Mar 19, 2013, 03:42 AM
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Very Nice!

Looks similar to the Foxteam UAV


http://www.virtualrobotix.com/photo/...context=latest
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 04:17 AM
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Needs a screw and rudder on the back so it can be a boat too!
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 04:23 AM
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Ours is better ! and cheaper ! Lol

Out testing early today !

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