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02-17-2020, 10:43 PM
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Posted By VAALLEON

Indoors hover maiden of the bigger Ardupilot...

Indoors hover maiden of the bigger Ardupilot unit. Looks pretty well balanced and controllable. Ourtoors is a completely different game and may immediately crash, but this is a good start.


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02-10-2020, 02:27 AM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

Quite a windy day, great opportunity to test the...

Quite a windy day, great opportunity to test the skills of the little watcher and get some closeup footage of the flight, thrust vectoring and active wing compensation. Amazing little thing started...
02-08-2020, 10:39 PM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

Got it mostly dialed at last. I cannot believe...

Got it mostly dialed at last. I cannot believe this unit actually survived this many crashes and still flies. Of course the crashes took their toll on the unit and you can see it flutter and shutter…...
02-08-2020, 03:03 AM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

Many crashes after slowly getting somewhere. I...

Many crashes after slowly getting somewhere. I have no idea how the unit is still surviving…



https://youtu.be/jIYaPCyiFcY
02-03-2020, 01:44 AM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

Slowly getting it dialed. Much better control on...

Slowly getting it dialed. Much better control on this flight. I will need to build a new one soon as this one is kinda losing it over damage from crashes. It flies really well horizontal. Vertical...
02-02-2020, 04:37 AM
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Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

Crash compilation for the new sub 250g watcher....

Crash compilation for the new sub 250g watcher. Currently the unit is around 300g but It will go below 250g with the new battery. The unit is about to completely give up due to too many crashes...
01-27-2020, 01:14 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By VAALLEON

A higher speed flight of the lander that I wanted...

A higher speed flight of the lander that I wanted to do for months! I had chance to take it for a spin today.



It flies and maneuvers really well. I took it to some decent speeds for a...
01-26-2020, 11:06 PM
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Views: 14,786
Posted By VAALLEON

Re-testing the Ardupilot Arduino hybrid, position...

Re-testing the Ardupilot Arduino hybrid, position hold and RTL on my monobot test unit. Better test, a little drift at the start but as it acquired more satellites all was good.


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01-20-2020, 04:11 AM
Replies: 41
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Posted By VAALLEON

These flights are to test the arduino mixing for...

These flights are to test the arduino mixing for Ardupilot and see if it can handle the job. After a couple of tries and crashes it turned out pretty cool.



https://youtu.be/LM8oG8nZ9O0
01-18-2020, 03:21 AM
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Posted By VAALLEON

Decided to convert the MonoProp to test the...

Decided to convert the MonoProp to test the autonomous unit with ardupilot. As can be seen in the pic we have lots of cables. The reason for this is that I have an Arduino board at the exit of APM to...
01-12-2020, 01:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

Today is windy, perfect for a test. I was getting...

Today is windy, perfect for a test. I was getting awesome horizontal performance and smooth transitions, but the vertical flight performance didn't impress me in the first test. So, did some further...
01-11-2020, 12:14 AM
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Posted By VAALLEON

Took this video to see how the active wings work...

Took this video to see how the active wings work during a flight. Windy day and the gyro compensation is pretty cool.



https://youtu.be/ITfSvbsX3nQ
01-09-2020, 03:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

Last two test flights for fine tuning. I...

Last two test flights for fine tuning. I re-designed the rear stabilizers in the first and additionally re-tuned the wings in the second flight. Both improvements made a huge difference in the...
01-07-2020, 11:54 PM
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Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

This is the 10 min flight. Still have some minor...

This is the 10 min flight. Still have some minor issues, with flutter and balance. But overall it was a good flight. Used 90% of the battery, which puts the estimated maximum flight time to 11...
01-07-2020, 12:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

I re-built some parts of the unit due to some...

I re-built some parts of the unit due to some build errors. Re-tuned the unit and took it out. A much better flight. There is a little wing flutter when hovering and a little bit of wobble in turns....
01-06-2020, 04:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

This is the new unit that I built to reduce the...

This is the new unit that I built to reduce the weight and get a better hover performance. I used balsa, foam board and reduced the carbon fiber usage significantly but still used it for some...
01-04-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

The final flight of the MonoProp prototype. It’s...

The final flight of the MonoProp prototype. It’s final because I had technical issues during the last 2 flight where I was practicing FPV. I lost the footage of the first flight (my DVR battery...
12-31-2019, 03:22 AM
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Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

Thank you sir!

Thank you sir!
12-31-2019, 01:35 AM
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Posted By VAALLEON

Testing the vertical capabilities of the unit....

Testing the vertical capabilities of the unit. One thing that I know it cannot do is fly backwards but everything other than that looks good. Tight maneuvers and sideways look successful. I am in the...
12-30-2019, 02:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

AT LAST +10 minute EDF VTOL unit!!! Decided to...

AT LAST +10 minute EDF VTOL unit!!! Decided to take it out for a longer flight to test the flight time and good thing I did. It used 1693mah for 5:20 minutes, which puts the estimated flight time...
12-29-2019, 06:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

Revised the frame geometry and re-tuned for...

Revised the frame geometry and re-tuned for better horizontal stability and got a very good result. Most of this flight was to test the vertical capabilities that I have not really tested before. Not...
12-24-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

There are still lots of tests to be done. If I...

There are still lots of tests to be done. If I don't get a decent flight time in my eyes this is failed. In the last flight, the wings were extended further than the previous one, which gave me a...
12-23-2019, 02:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

Keeping on making further refinements to the...

Keeping on making further refinements to the design and parameters. This is the best flight so far. But unless something changes significantly the flight time will not be better than the prior units....
12-22-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

Maiden with wings installed. Problems: 1-...

Maiden with wings installed. Problems: 1- Immediate loss of yaw with the wind hitting from the side. So, my assumption that the new design would help with vertical flight didn't work. I need to work...
12-22-2019, 03:46 AM
Replies: 31
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Posted By VAALLEON

The first short hover test is with an old 1300mah...

The first short hover test is with an old 1300mah and the second test is with an older 2200mah battery. This is not bad. A little more powerful battery of the same weight should do it. The unit tends...
12-21-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,819
Posted By VAALLEON

I tested the EasyVTOL concept with a unit...

I tested the EasyVTOL concept with a unit re-designed for propeller to see how much I can improve the flight time. I was at least hoping to get +10 minutes. It turned out to be a beauty after lots of...
12-15-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

A pretty strong head wind. It gave me the...

A pretty strong head wind. It gave me the opportunity to do some descent testing, hover, transition and horizontal flight. The unit handled the wind beautifully. It looks so much like a bird with the...
12-15-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

Thank you sir! It was another one of those unreal...

Thank you sir! It was another one of those unreal Arizona sunsets. See the pic from later into the evening.
12-15-2019, 02:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

Making the final adjustments. This was a good...

Making the final adjustments. This was a good flight. I think I am transitioning back too fast and the unit is kind of losing it. But I was able to save it with the extra kick from the 3 blade props....
12-14-2019, 04:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,390
Posted By VAALLEON

Installed the 3 blade props. Much better sound...

Installed the 3 blade props. Much better sound and less noise, better thrust and the unit felt a little more controllable, except a wobble started when hovering. It is very weird that the prop chance...
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