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Dec 12, 2006, 12:13 AM
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Pylon cam test flight 2

So for this test flight, a stiffer pylon and wooden landing platform was built. There was no way to pad the camera without making the pylon too flexible, so the camera wasn't padded. Padding looks impossible because of the pylon's tendancy to oscillate if it isn't stiff.

As stiff as it was, it still had sympathetic oscillation though not as much as test #1. Took 1m25s to land. Wasn't as patient as last time because it was a long flight and the remaining charge was unknown. Nicked the tail rotor on that landing.

Unfortunately, the footage looks no more stable than other methods. For image stabilization, this pylon is going nowhere, but as inconvenient as it is, the landing platform allowed the highest payload for the least energy so it's probably staying. 14A for that flight.
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