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Nov 23, 2006, 05:22 AM
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Camera mount 8 + Landing platform 6

6 min of landing platform operations with camera, LEDs
5mph wind
2A charge * 44 min / 6 min = 15A

24 min with LEDs only, voluntary cutoff
5mph wind
2A charge * 112min / 24 min = 10A

1 day crash free. The skid platform proved itself once again as Jack Crossfire guided a pylon mounted camera to its first and only landing of the day. The winds were kicking up for this landing. The temporary pylon with camera was swinging like crazy. The temporary platform was also swinging around. Unlike the cable suspended camera, the swinging was only sideways and controllable.

Took 5 minutes of attempts to bring it back down with the sideways oscillation. There was no arresting wire like previous platforms so one time Jack Crossfire flew right through the platform and had to come around again. Another attempt tipped over the platform and it had to be kicked back up while maintaining a hover. The camera's LCD got caught by the skid platform. Need to make sure nothing is sticking out the sides of the pylon. The final landing required backing up onto the platform after overshooting.

Seemed to take less power than previous camera platforms. Started having delusions about flying The Canon. We've definitely seen the skid platform and pylon mount have what it takes. A lot of it has to do with flying technique. Experience with rapid ascents and emergency descents has made us more comfortable with high power levels.
Last edited by Jack Crossfire; Nov 23, 2006 at 07:11 AM.
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