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Offline Steve Gase

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DIY Drones?
« on: January 13, 2016, 12:35:56 PM »
Has anyone gone the route of DIY drones yet?
I've got an old Parrot, and a newer UDI U818A.  They were fun for a short while, but they are both very limited in what they can do.

I'd like to get sometime more powerful -- longer range, and the ability to take great video.
I also want something that will protect me from myself -- easy/stable takeoffs and landings.

The phantom 3 looks like a great choice, but I'm I'm thinking that DIY might make it more affordable to repair and replace parts.  As I look around I see octo-copters, and carbon fiber, and a lot of interesting choices.

I'm looking to leverage the efforts of others... have you gone this route? are there good forums to consider/discuss options?  what did you build?  can you build something that is feature-comparable to a phantom?

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2016, 01:10:43 PM »
Steve, the 818a is fun to fly if there are no trees nearby. ;)

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2016, 01:14:39 PM »
Are there plans to create a Falcon Drone using Pi/BBB or the other computers?  :P

Maybe a drone could pull a miniature sleigh and reindeer across the sky?

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2016, 01:49:33 PM »
I like the way you think Steve!  Having just returned from a fun filled week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas, I can say there are Lots of options. Several thousand square feet were dedicated to drones.  This might be a good subject for a conference call. I'm sure opinions are all over the place. 
I LOVE my Phantom 3!  It's not all about the aircraft.  The control should be your deciding factor.  They are not all the same. Prices will come down.  There is a lot of competition in the space, and there is room for improvement.  I saw a demo of a drone that did a great job of avoiding obstacles using Intel Realsense technology.
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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2016, 09:45:07 PM »

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2016, 09:58:05 PM »
I have sourced and built my 350 and built my 250 from a kit.  You get a LOT more functionality in your quad this way IMHO.

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2016, 10:04:17 PM »
I found this article interesting...

http://www.droneflyers.com/2015/08/the-drone-report-2016/

I predict that there is a 50% chance that the article's "95% chance of a drone related death or injury during 2016" will actually be caused by someone walking off a cliff or into traffic because they are either looking up at the sky to watch their drone or have their VR headset on and can't see where they are going. :)  Speaking of that topic though, I just watched a MythBusters episode recently where they tried to test this theory.  It was a little interesting to watch, and also see their custom-built 8-rotor camera drone that they use for the show.
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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #7 on: January 15, 2016, 10:23:40 PM »
I have sourced and built my 350 and built my 250 from a kit.  You get a LOT more functionality in your quad this way IMHO.

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What is an example of more functionality?

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2016, 10:28:20 PM »
I'm not locked into a specific camera.  My quad can take up any camera as long as its weight stays within tollerance.  My FPV gear is better and is a bit more functional.  My transmitter offers WAY better features and functionality. No propriatery parts.

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2016, 10:37:33 PM »
Being able to use any camera is definitely a plus. For me, not sure the transmitter matters when used in conjunction with a smart device.

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2016, 07:55:31 AM »
I have sourced and built my 350 and built my 250 from a kit.  You get a LOT more functionality in your quad this way IMHO.

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What is a 350 and a 250?    Source? Pictures? Features?

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2016, 10:48:26 AM »

I have sourced and built my 350 and built my 250 from a kit.  You get a LOT more functionality in your quad this way IMHO.

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What is a 350 and a 250?    Source? Pictures? Features?

I'm thinking he may be referring to the DJI Flame Wheel?  It's a kit you can build.  They have a 4 and 6 arm version.

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2016, 11:37:59 AM »
No...

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #13 on: January 16, 2016, 01:21:05 PM »
A Google search says

It is the distance in millimeters between the motor shaft of the two farthest motors. The bigger the number the bigger the drone.

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Re: DIY Drones?
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2016, 01:30:39 PM »
No...

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