Sunday, December 21, 2014

RIP Flying Flowerpot

Pre Flight

The Flying Flowerpot has gone to the great beyond, aka the garbage bin.  It was a great first drone to build, I learned a lot, but it had its share of problems.

For the last flight, I programmed it via Mission Planner to fly a rough polyhedron at 60 feet over the River Mills Park near the Potomac River.  It accomplished this and then loitered.  When I switched it back to Stabilize mode, it somehow became unstable and did a death dive.  This broke the internal frame, two arms, two propellers, one motor, the battery mount, and the flower pot.   The basic electronics are fine, but I will have to get a new frame kit and motor at least.  The video is below.

The new build will take some time, so postings may be sporadic.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and Happy Hannukah.

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