Greetings inhabitants of Wonderland!
Well a few more weeks and a few third degree burns later, Red is back in the saddle and continuing to learn the hexacopter. So far I’ve been slow rolling the shift from fixed wing to the copter because of time (packing to move) and work. With the Vespid, our focus was so heavily concentrated on the payload that we didn’t get nearly the time to be as comfortable with the airplane as we would have liked. With this iteration we wanted to take the time to get really proficient with the APM functionality before shifting the focus to the payload (although I know you will like it when you see it).
Feeling pretty comfortable with stabilize mode and getting a little more brave. Testing out Loiter Mode in this video. The copter is maintaining altitude and position automatically and, as you can see, is remarkably stable given the slight wind.
The screen caps in the vid are of the log replay from the Mission Planner application, which I think works great! Just remember that if you don’t have an internet connection at the field, use the planner to zoom in on the area you are flying in to cache the imagery of your test area. Otherwise you will not be able to effectively use some of the functionality that makes it so cool.
Today is a bit too windy and with weather moving in tonight, moving on to testing Guided Mode will have to wait for another day. Me = Sad
So far I must say that the folks at DIYDrones have come a long… long way from the Ardupilot we used on the Vespid. Chris and the development team have really done some wonderful work with the APM 2.5. And with the addition of the enhanced Mission Planner application, the barrier for entry for those not blessed with coding or R/C experience is significantly lower.