Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rebuilding The Flying Flower Pot Quadcopter - The Six Million Dollar Man

Partially Rebuilt Flying Flower Pot (Pot removed for clarity)
One of the advantages of building your own quadcopter is that you know how to fix it if it breaks, and you can make improvements at the same time.  It is kind of like the Six Million Dollar Man TV series:   "We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, stronger, faster."  The Flowering Flowerpot, after its last flight and crash (see previous blog post), needs this treatment.

First, I got rid of the battery monitoring module, which might be causing problems and I cannot figure out how to use it.

Second, I rewired the control module (APM) to receiver wiring to get rid of the servo extension cables and labeling.
Rewiring, receiver is on the left
Third, I repaired the damage to the quadcopter - a broken arm and a broken motor mount on the end of another arm using 5 minute epoxy, which smells like crap and gets everywhere.

Broken motor mount

Break in arm
Fourth, I got rid of the structure holding the GPS and compass and mounted them using nylon standoffs on the third level.
GPS remounted
Fifth, I removed the long landing gear and mounted the camera on top.  The long landing gear seem to cause a lot of damage in crashes.
camera mount
I also ordered a bunch of spare parts (arms, motor mounts, landing gear..).  Stay tuned for more updates as we get the Pot ready for its next adventure.

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