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Apr 19, 2016, 11:04 PM
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Phantom 4 crash logs


To not feel so bummed about the home made copters of years ago being stressful & difficult to keep out of harm's way, it's time to start compiling Neistat's quad copter crashes & tribulations.

boat crash:

https://youtu.be/gBdLBCZdnqA?t=1m27s

loss of signal:

https://youtu.be/XjSa8juMyJ0?t=4m34s

bridge crash:

https://youtu.be/30NY6-11IWk?t=2m12s

So basically, despite years of multiplying valuations & redundancies, even the most foolproof quad copter still isn't much more foolproof than the old days. The attempts at obstacle avoidance by sonar & IR obviously haven't translated into anything meaningful. Neistat explained that he gets away with flying by having 4 quad copters & chewing them up.

https://youtu.be/VBEqKYYF0-A?t=6m22s

He explained that he was getting all the selfie shots by semi autonomous control, not by any dedicated feature:

https://youtu.be/gBdLBCZdnqA?t=1m43s

Ergonomics were probably the biggest factor in doing it manually. Given the amount of flight time & length of the final shot he gets, it's probably too cumbersome to set up a "cable cam" , waypoints, "leash cam", or geofence.

Still suprising he has to carry all that gear. There would be no way he could use a 3DR copter because they're too big. The Phantom is just small enough.

Ground vehicles have no worries. They can precisely navigate the city streets. Combining their single handed controller with a quad copter would be the ultimate selfie system, 10 minutes at a time.

The videos of the Phantom 4 at low altitude do look rock solid precise. It uses sonar for altitude & dual cameras for optical flow, but also fuses that with the accelerometer.
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