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Posted by zanek | Mar 07, 2012 @ 09:55 PM | 3,893 Views
The quadcopter finally flies. I got the gyro fixed and it works!
Quadcopter maiden flight (4 min 56 sec)

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Posted by zanek | Mar 05, 2012 @ 09:48 AM | 3,965 Views
So I tried to do the maiden flight of my quadcopter yesterday, but there were some problems. The first one turned out to be the gryo was the wrong way around so it was giving positive feedback. Then on the next flights the quadcopter was just jitering everywhere. I hooked it up to the GUI on my computer and it turned out the gyro was bad. It was showing movement even when it was sitting perfectly still. I am planning on trying another maiden flight this morning. Here is the video I got of the flying I did do:
Quadcopter maiden flight (sortof) (1 min 37 sec)

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Posted by zanek | Mar 03, 2012 @ 09:30 PM | 3,571 Views
After some more problems and a few more hours of work, the quadcopter is finally ready to fly. Since the last update, I have mounted all of the components. I tested it and there was a short circuiting speed control. It fried my battery (which turned out to be a good thing as I replaced it with a more quadcopter friendly nice thin pack). After some experimenting with the speed control it seems that it was the heatsink, though I really don't know. I took off the heatshrink and heatsink and tested it and it worked fine so I put it back together. I got my props painted on the front. I am planning on going for a maiden tomorrow morning. Here are some pictures:

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