Thursday, February 19, 2015

Lots of Little Things to Complete the Quadcopter

I am making progress but am now at the stage where there are lots of little things to do to make the quad work.

  1. Install the flight controller with special vibration reducing foam (see photo 1 below).
  2. Install the power monitor and battery velcro mounts (see photo 2)
  3. Calibrate the ESC's.  This is always a pain as you have this "one man band" performance where you are plugging the main battery in and out, watching lights on the controller, listening for musical tones and beeps, changing throttle settings, listening for more musical tones.  I usually end up doing it 5 or 6 times before it works.
  4. Calibrate the flight controller - Mission Planner complained a lot until I saw in the fine print that I had to recalibrate the compass due to a special new firmware load.  Lots of waving the quad around when you do this calibration.
  5. Installed camera mount and new camera - looks really good except the new camera wants a special power connector that I do not have.  More waiting for parts from
  6. Items that remain include installing the final Spektrum receiver and PPM converter, wiring the camera, putting some mechanical pieces on the dead cat frame, installing the new professional looking cover, and then some flight testing in the basement.
Photo 1 Battery Mount and power monitor
Photo 2 Note Green Kyosho vibration absorbing foam
Photo 3 New camera that includes a 5.8 GHz video transmitter
Photo 4 Overall view of Quadcopter

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