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Jan 07, 2012, 07:41 AM
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Look what Santa brought - a new UAV

I just finished the first UAV build of 2012 - a Multiplex Funjet Ultra equipped with the Gluonpilot from Tom Pycke.

I decided to make things simple by chosing the same airframe as Tom has been using and the Gluonpilot fits nicely with the XBee adapter board inside the fuselage.

Here are some basic facts;

Multiplex Funjet Ultra
Motor MEGA 16/15/5 with 6x5.5 APC prop
Castle Creations Phoenix 30A ESC
2S2200 mAh LiPO
2x HS65 HB servos for the elevons
Hitec Optima 6 ch rx
Gluonpilot - see
Gluonpilot XBee adapter board

AUW is only 600 grams plus flight pack approx 125 grams = 725 grams or 26 oz...

The really nice thing about the Gluonpilot is the new Ground control station. It handles everything from calibration of sensors to waypoint navigation, telemetry and recording of flights.

I havent been able to test the setup yet, but as soon as weather permits...

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Jan 09, 2012, 05:34 AM
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Should make for a faster lighthouse mission!
Looking forward to your flight videos as usual.

Jan 09, 2012, 06:18 AM
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Or a quick lap of the golf course!
Jan 10, 2012, 05:20 AM
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@Andy - thanks, and yes, a quick 4 minute return trip instead of the usual 10...! Less time to worry!

@bilox - ha! I'm getting predictable - I have to scout a new loation...
Jan 10, 2012, 06:44 PM
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I think it was THALES that was selling those a few years ago?? I got pictures from Eurosatory...
Jan 16, 2012, 03:17 AM
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Funjet maiden

OK, after some weeks of storm and normal winter, we had the opportunity yesterday with a few degrees C and almost dead calm.

I mananged one broken prop on an aborted take off before getting the Funjet airborne - that is a fast and responsive plane!

Anyway, on the second attempt I engaged stabilized flight - much easier - and climbed to altitude and engaged the autopilot.

This time I just did 5 circles at 100 meters but they were near perfect and the Funjet tracked nicely and kept cruising @ 60 kph and kept the altitude perfect.

Here is a short video of the event. Unfortunately I messed up the datalog so no post-flight analysis available...



(1 min 51 sec)
Jan 16, 2012, 12:56 PM
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Congrats! Great to see you managed to get the autopilot working on your first flight!
Jan 16, 2012, 01:10 PM
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Congrats! Looks like a sweet first flight! So were you able to use default settings on the autopilot or did you have somebodys setup to follow, already tuned for the funjet? I ask because I know Funjets are fast, responsive with a wicked fast roll rate...not exactly autopilot friendly airframes.
Jan 16, 2012, 02:37 PM
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Thanks dentompie & phithyy!

I copied Tom's config since he is using a Funjet and it worked out well. Actually that was part of the plan to use his choice of airframe...

After that I am planning to find another home for the GP in a slightly bigger wing that can carry more load.

Jan 16, 2012, 03:39 PM
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Go with the Queen Bee! 100 inch can carry an awesome payload with that monster!
Jan 18, 2012, 10:24 AM
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Waypoint flight

Yesterday, I managed the second flight and tested a waypoint and recorded some more video.

Very nice GCS - and the flight is recorded both in the GCS and in the gluonpilots internal flash for playback and analysis later!

I was so happy with the flight so I forgot my new Canon S95 on the roof of the car and then drove off... Luckily a nice person found it in a roundabout a kilometer away and handed it to the police the same day!

(2 min 37 sec)


Jan 23, 2012, 04:08 PM
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Flight #3 - auto takeoff and route

After some snow it was a calm day so I could test auto take-off, a full route and ALMOST an auto landing...

I setup the Gluonpilot with auto throttle enabled and "auto takeoff" is simply a matter of enabling the autopilot from the tx (throttle activates) and then give the plane a mild throw in the desired direction to lock the CLIMB direction.
A short route of four waypoints in a box of 1 kilometer was also tested.
I had planned to try the FLARE command after a DESCENT circle to 30 meters altitude, but since the margins in the field felt small I used chose CHICKEN instead (manual landing...)

Here is a short video of the flight!

(2 min 50 sec)


Jan 24, 2012, 01:55 PM
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Nice flight!

Do you have the "ultimate kit" ?
Jan 25, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Thanks Kempo!

Yes, I went with the full kit incl extension board... For a quick success

Here's an edited wideo with the GCS recorded also;

(3 min 21 sec)

Jan 25, 2012, 05:34 PM
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Nice video, should look even better with a HD camera in spring/summer :-)
(and maybe some lighthouses in the background ;-) )

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