Tough Quadrocopter for Aerial Video

A durable quadropter suited for aerial video in extreme situations.

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This qudrocopter is primarily used for aerial video of large explosions in a hot and dusty environment.

This qudrocopter is primarily used for aerial video of large explosions in a hot and dusty environment. The project is mostly completed now, except the GPS module and OSD are not connected and setup.

Due to the heat, dust, and proximity to explosions, durability and strengh was a requirement. The Game of Drones Hiro body impressed me, so I went with it.

While waiting for the parts to arrive, I did some preliminary layout of the internal components using Goole Sketchup.

This is a video from the first time flight out at the shooting range. The gopro was simply strapped on with cable ties, which combined with the strong wind and my lack of flying skills, makes the video quite shaky.

Todo List:

- Install GPS and OSD module.

  • 1 × Game of Drones Hiro body
  • 1 × Naza M Lite flightcontroller (flashed to Naza V2 fiwmare)
  • 4 × SunnySky x2212 v2 motors
  • 2 × Turnigy 2200mah LiPo batteries
  • 4 × Afro 30 Amp ESC's

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  • Many years later...

    Brendan12/03/2020 at 22:58 0 comments

    I'm now in a different country than the drone, but, I should have it in my hands again in the next week or so...

    It has flown well, and captured many intense explosions... and had some good crashes.   I'll post some video here, and I intend to modernize the drone once I have it back in my hands. 

  • GPS & OSD Module Installed!

    Brendan09/06/2015 at 11:23 0 comments

    The GPS and FPV on screen display module are installed now. Wiring the OSD was much less difficult then I first thought it might be. The compass IC on the GPS module had to have some solder joints fixed... I guess that's what you get when yo pay $50 for one. One of the pins was obviously not making good contact on visual inspection, and there was a solder splash grounding out another pin. I'll update with some more details of that later.

    Here's some video from the weekend, two very accurate shots with an RPG-7:

  • GPS fun

    Brendan08/23/2015 at 03:53 0 comments

    After waiting about two months, the gps has arrived. But it doesn't seem to be working. The next step will be to figure out why. I suspect I'll need a replacement.

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  • 1
    Step 1

    Pick and order your parts. If you live in (shithole nowhere), wait months for them all to arrive.

  • 2
    Step 2
  • 3
    Step 3

    Measure and drill holes for landing gear, gimbal, video tx, mounting posts, and wiring.

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Richard Hogben wrote 08/26/2015 at 23:23 point

Nice! With fpv cam too, what frequency is video on?

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