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Matt Wright
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Lighting up the tricopter


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Tricopter - first flight FPV
FPV flying; well its a bit odd flying 'heads down' into a screen... took some tips from FliteTest and didn't try to switch between the screen and looking up :) The video range is a bit suspect... but I have mounted the video Rx about 20cm from the transmitt...

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Flying the tricopter during calm(er) spells on a gusty Sunday. PIDs still need some tuning to get rid of the shakes, but this is surprisingly fly-able for a scratch build wot I made :) I attribute some of this to the SimonK flashed ESCs

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Tricopter - electronics install and first (tethered) flight
740g flight weight (with 1800maH battery) just add GoPro and video TX :) Complete Tricopter   First flight (securely tethered to a heavy table)

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Tricopter design and build
This project started as an experiment in tilt-yaw steering (based on the excellent RC Explorer design from David Windestål). The first frame was made from a leftover quadcopter kit plate and aluminium 1/2 inch box section. It was small, cute, but not flyabl...

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Headcrab flying - with FPV!
First test flight with new landing legs, suspended battery/camera tray and FPV system installed. It was dark, so testing was limited to the area lit by the back porch floodlight!

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GPS + baro pressure (height) logging in the Bixler
Google Earth view of three flights - heights are logged from barometric pressure, lat lon from GPS Platform was the Bixler trainer flown visually (hence lots of unexciting going round in circles!)

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FPV - video tx/rx with DIY circular polarised antenna
Video transmitter using a GoPro camera, 5.8GHz video transmitter and a home made 'clover leaf' circular polarised antenna Video receiver mounted on the radio control transmitter - matched 5.8GHz 'skew planar' circular polarised antenna to improve image rece...

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