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Apr 08, 2012, 12:44 AM
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CopterCam5E - A few shots from 'behind the scenes'...

The coptercam5e did it's first job. wild stuff. a couple of 'behind the scenes' shots.

'behind the scenes' video in-work. it will be quite interesting...
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Apr 08, 2012, 02:58 AM
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..and no, the gopro was not part of the job. he just went along for a ride.
Apr 08, 2012, 03:31 AM
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Apr 08, 2012, 08:47 AM
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Looks like a fun job. Can you say who your customer was (Gov or private)? Did you have to get any permits? What insurance co. do you use?

I have to be honest, it looked a bit precarious. It seems you had some issues with orientation at those heights. I don't think I would have the nerve to try los at that height. Are you using any autopilot/position hold device? If not, this would have been a perfect instance to use one. Program the position and location, get near the location you wanted and "go to.

Do you use any case or protection around the DSLR for takeoff and landing?

Post the pano picts if you can.
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Apr 08, 2012, 10:22 AM
Insanely unprofessional. These types of operations will eventually ground all of us. Perhaps the barrier to enter this business is way too low.
Apr 08, 2012, 10:57 AM
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everything was coordinated with the dallas pd and love field. quite professional as a matter of fact.

we have everything we need to fly, zuby. get the facts first...

people like to jump the gun a little too much. be careful.

tech spy, yes we have what we need. that particular heli is owned by a photographer. i just buillt it, maintain it, and fly it. it lives with me. the ap stuff i do on the side.

this other project is with darpa and a university, government deal you might say.

SR20 UAV Redux (3 min 6 sec)

also a side gig.

we have the dji xp3 for the coptercam but it is not installed yet. soon. we have foam mounted to protect the screen and bottom of the camera.

works quite well.
Apr 08, 2012, 12:21 PM
1. You lost sight of your bird. Insane!

2. You flew directly overhead of pedestrians. Insane!

3. You were guessing the altitude so I assume you have no telemetry. Stupid.

4. You admitted flying, in a populated location, with unacceptable wind conditions. Insanely stupid!

These are all things you were aware of but continued on. Very unprofessional.
Apr 08, 2012, 12:47 PM
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lot's of ASSuming....

completely professional. you don't have enough information to make an assessment since i have not given it to you. be careful.

1. negative, never lost sight...

2. nope they were spotters...

3. telemetry, see pics in part 2 once loaded...

4. wind was fine. area was coordinated with appropriate authorities and properly set up...

5. be careful with the assumptions. get facts first...

6. we'll be doing the same thing in the same spot in a couple of weeks.

If you are looking to argue, you are in the wrong thread. everything was prepped and accounted for . no problems. please move on.

Those who can do, those you can't complain about those that can.

And yes, you do seem do be easily annoyed.
Last edited by philip frank; Apr 18, 2012 at 04:47 AM.
Apr 08, 2012, 01:42 PM
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Nice work. Wonder what video others watched. I saw a well planned professional operation. I look forward to seeing more.. and the footage shot from the helicopter.
Apr 08, 2012, 07:01 PM
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yes, well planned. i work in the full scale world for a living so i'm 'up to speed', so to speak...
Last edited by philip frank; Apr 18, 2012 at 04:44 AM.
Apr 18, 2012, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by zuby1
Insanely unprofessional. These types of operations will eventually ground all of us. Perhaps the barrier to enter this business is way too low.
when you say "Perhaps the barrier to enter this business is way too low."

what exactly would that mean?

doesn't appear you have enough information or experience to state that to someone you would not know. an odd thing to say.

i would not call the 10k heli/camera rig 'too low' or the 30k uav in the other vid 'too low', or the 25 years experience in the full scale world 'too low'.

facts first, gum flap second.
May 17, 2012, 10:43 PM
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May 17, 2012, 11:23 PM
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hey many dont take that one jerks comments to hard...

nice work.

i do agree an autopiliot with PH might be a nice tool to use
May 17, 2012, 11:36 PM
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all is good. he didn't have enough info to comment.

he kinda got carried away. i've been in the rc heli and full scale business a long long time.

yes, an auto pilot is on the list.
May 17, 2012, 11:39 PM
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that pano lens is super cool

it would make me freaking nervious to hang that below my rig

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