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Posted by blitzen | Mar 23, 2018 @ 11:08 PM | 2,609 Views
I have a little quadcopter that has brushless motors. The 2" props are like miniature buzz saws. I want to protect people, pets and the bric-a-brac. So I bought a prop guard.
Confident that the drone is now a low-level danger. It's sitting on the living room floor ready to go. Little did I suspect, the battery loop fastener had partially stuck to the plush carpet. On take off the fastener ripped free unevenly, rolling the quad. Faster than I could blink, it was upside down on my bare foot. The scratches only bled a little.
Posted by blitzen | Mar 16, 2018 @ 07:13 PM | 2,164 Views
I learned something today. Recently, I found this toy camera drone in the clearance section of a store. The box was undamaged, factory sealed and marked 75 percent off. I bought it.
"Altitude Hold" is printed on the package. That means the left stick, up and down is spring centered. It is intended to make the quadcopter ascend or descend to a "locked" altitude. Take off, flight and landing are all managed by the flight controller and it's sensors. I was surprised to find out this feature is greatly effected by the weather. The altitude hold worked amazingly well when the air pressure was steady and low. Today there were fast changes in the weather with rapid air pressure changes. The drone was completely out of control at times. Basically grounded.