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Jun 30, 2009, 04:25 AM
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Autonomous camcopter takes flight

Autonomous camcopter takes flight (0 min 37 sec)

There it is. The first video from Vika 1 with the tiny boards & DT700 motors. Finally got the automatic takeoff, turn, shoot, & land mission to work, but since it was dark, U get only 1 angle. Drew the battery all the way down to 9.3V. Who knows where the Super Simple ESC's shut off.

Magnetometer was useless because of the payload balancing requirement, but the ADXRS gyros pulled off a solid flight in 3DOF IMU mode.

Vika 1 in rate gyro mode with the SCP1000 is still the Jesus copter. The tiny board interferes less with GPS. Her magnetometer needs another calibration. Newer magnetometers advertise automatic degaussing, but the Micromag3 is free.

After spending 3 hours waiting for web pages to load, VicaCopter 4 is finally available for download. If U ever succeeded in downloading the source code & building your own VicaCopter, U still probably wouldn't know half of what she can do.

It's amazing after all these years, VicaCopter is still the only English language source code for a fully functional helicopter autopilot that you can download without paying for.

Still undecided about going for a micro tri rotor or another spin copter. Vika 2 has some more sonar algorithms ahead. An EDF based spin copter might work if the EDF can survive crash landings. All roads lead to moving the LCROSS budget up to July.
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