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Feb 13, 2009, 01:04 AM
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Crash followed by fire

The camera's first autonomous takeoff, pirouette, & landing was looking good until the descent. Managed to jump in & rip out the power cable before the fire destroyed all 2000 of our last paychecks. The crash movie was lost when the camera powered off, but with the magic of mplayer we got it back. Take a look & listen to the sound of motor death followed by fire. The 18A ESC's were overloaded by the weight of the camera.

Crash & burn (1 min 19 sec)

So much for any spare parts for ghetto rotor. The ESC's overloaded because the payload was unbalanced & we had no tactile feedback with the autopilot. Installed the battery in the forward slot instead of the aft slot where it's supposed to go for payloads.

Nevertheless, the 12x3.8's probably can't generate any more power than the 10x4.5's because that's when the ESC's burn up. Need lighter electronics.
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