Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Sandy Saltwater Sunset - A FPV Racing Drone Experience


After days of rain and poor weather, I decided to take my Drone to the beach to get some more REAL flight time, and reflect upon on my recent training in the Drone Racing League simulator.  Still working on dialing in rates/settings to get the flight characteristics I'm expecting.

Notes: I was experimenting with different Rates (which are on a toggle switch), which was way too high (twitchy), and lucky I did not crash on takeoff.  Flipped the switch back to the "stockish" settings and continued flying the rest of the pack.

I manage to get about 2.5 to 3.5 minutes out of a 1500mah pack.  After resting they return to 11.4V, and my charge says I am using under 1000mah.  I've also noticed the resistance on these batteries appears to be going down with each cycle.  So these particular could see benefit to cycling them a few times before use.

Happy Flying!

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Naze32 Rev6
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: BL_Heli_S with Oneshot and Multishot
PropsDal T5045 3-Blade V2
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Spedix 200mw 40 Channel
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
BatteryTurnigy Nano-Tech 35-70c 3S 1500mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargerTurnigy Accucell S60

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
Antenna: Dipole "Rubber Ducky"
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

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