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Old 12-24-2008, 11:50 PM
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Thought I would post a project I have worked on for about a year.

Uses a 360 degree camera mount built into the tricopter with collective pitch and the ability to auto rotate if needed. The unit does use an auto pilot to keep it level and stable at all times. Flight tests are finished for hovering and slow forward flight we are now moving into wind and performance testing.

The Tricopter can carry up to a 2 1/2 lb camera with 180 degrees tilt and non stop 360 degree panning. Roll is shock dampened.

More info to come on this project.







Hope you find it interesting.

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Old 12-25-2008, 12:59 AM
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don't know about anyone else, but i would love to see video from this rig it looks impresive
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Old 12-25-2008, 02:33 AM
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All I have to say . SWWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEEETTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT.
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Old 12-25-2008, 09:38 AM
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Does the odd one counter rotate? Wondering how rudder works but am slowly figuring it out.....I think. Would like to see it in a test on vid when you get it up. Looks like a fun project for sure. Will be watching for updates.

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impressive, love it. defintly havent seen that concept before
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I saw something quite similar to that in a Popular Science Mag, also there is a company up here in Canada not too far from where I live that has been designing very similar things for the past 10 years. Here is a link http://www.draganfly.com/
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More to come in the next week or so. We have changed a couple things to get the unit to fly hands off which it's now doing.

Yes I know the guys at Draganfly and the product. We actually had the company that builds blades for them look at doing something on this machine. The problem is the product they sell costs $15,000 with a payload of 1 lb. The blades they use flutter if you exceed 24oz per blade set. Plus we want a lower price point.

We are shooting for a camera mount with all options plus a camera payload of 2 1/2 lbs.

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ORIGINAL: Skycam

Thought I would post a project I have worked on for about a year.

Uses a 360 degree camera mount built into the tricopter with collective pitch and the ability to auto rotate if needed. The unit does use an auto pilot to keep it level and stable at all times. Flight tests are finished for hovering and slow forward flight we are now moving into wind and performance testing.

The Tricopter can carry up to a 2 1/2 lb camera with 180 degrees tilt and non stop 360 degree panning. Roll is shock dampened.

More info to come on this project.

Sweet! This looks like an interesting controls problem! Why tri, and not quad ('cause everyone else is doing quad... )
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What successes of the project?
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Old 03-28-2009, 06:25 PM
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How many gyros does it take to hold that rig stable? There must be some incredible amounts of calculation going on electronically to hole the platform level. I'd love to know more.

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Skycam ..
I present this model (home made) ..

Thank us know how those rc Tricopter ..



http://images.google.ca/imgres?imgur...EdzelQf9_d3RCQ

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[link]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXdNe5QOqxc[/link]
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