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May 14, 2008, 04:20 AM
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crash of death

So had our first complete loss of power during a 200 ft hover. Appears to be a glitch in a Dean connector. Dean connectors glitched many times in the past on the ground. The only solution is either different connectors or redundant Dean connectors.

The crash was a global killer. Nothing survived, not even bacteria. Most of the carbon fiber parts were destroyed. The main board was destroyed. Micromag3 was damaged.

Undecided on whether to replace it with a professionally made surface mount board. Going to be a long time before the next flight.

Had 15 more minutes of light wind tests before the crash. Problems with blade chopping vibration were solved & we were down to fine tuning pressure altitude. Position oscillation could be reduced by rotating magnetic declination. Cyclic & direction of motion could be matched. Got more blue sky in the background.
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