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Old 05-03-2008, 11:08 PM
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Hello, My name is Derek. I am currently in the process of getting my Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. I want to take an RC helicopter and make is fly autonomously. I was wondering if anyone could send me their opinions, ideas, or specific helicopter specifications(particularly lifting power for the extra components I will be putting on the heli). Any input on what kind of helicopter I should buy? I have been looking into the Esky belt-CP or the exceed G2. I would really appreciate the help.
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Old 05-04-2008, 12:56 PM
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Hello, My name is Derek. I am currently in the process of getting my Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. I want to take an RC helicopter and make is fly autonomously.
Hey Derek,

I've been thinking about doing the same thing. Here are some links which should help (or confuse... )

[link=http://cswww.essex.ac.uk/staff/owen/research.htm]Gridswarm & UltraSwarm[/link]
[link=http://www.pabr.org/chromicro/doc/chromicro.en.html]Cheap Robotic Microhelicopter[/link]
[link=http://www.seattlerobotics.org/encoder/200311/weimer/bxflyer.html]Robotic quadcopter[/link]
[link=http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2006/12/autonomous_stab.html]Autonomous stabilization system for a helicopter[/link]

-Dave
Old 06-01-2008, 01:56 PM
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A college near where I live has a "branch" specifically about autonomous heli's research. I've been there and seen all the heli's in the pictures[X(] and heard them talk about the purposes and about the helicopters specific tasks and so forth. It was amazing. I think my second two years of college(just graduated HS) I might join the program.
http://www.cse.usf.edu/USL/uslindex.htm
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http://www.cse.usf.edu/USL/uslindex.htm
USF has a great robotics program.
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Hi Derek,

Do you know how to fly a rc helicopter? If not then I would strongly advise you try to make an autonomous helicopter, it could be dangerous if you don't know the basics of controlling a rc helicopter. If you do know how to fly one, then disregard my previous comments.

I think you should start with a coaxial helicopter (esky lama), this would make it more stable inflight and easier to control. You could get a hobby grade one for $60-100. If you are successful with that, then move on to a fix pitch or collective pitch.
Since it is an autonomous helicopter, i would suggest buying the biggest that you can afford.

just my 2cents, update us with the progress of your project!
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In response to skydevil.. I have been looking at doing a similar project based on arduPilot plus extra stuff, like ultrasound for collision detection, thermal sensors for autoleveling, GPS, in-flight movies, popcorn, etc. There is a LOT of kit that you will need in order to do autonomous flight while avoiding obstacles. Keep us posted as to how you are getting on.

If you can, the advice Igot from others working on similar projects, is to skip coacial flight unless you are going to build your autonomous heli into a coax rig. I'd definately start learning to fly ASAP. While you are testing out your autonomous heli, things will go wrong and you will need to override the controls and save your heli from certain doom. Practise emergency procedures, and getting yourself out of trouble. Either that, or increase your budget to allow for many wrecked birds.
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A college near where I live has a "branch" specifically about autonomous heli's research. I've been there and seen all the heli's in the pictures[X(] ccsp and heard them talk about the purposes and about the helicopters specific tasks and so forth. It was amazing. I think my second two years of college(just graduated HS) ccnp I might join the program.
http://www.cse.usf.edu/USL/uslindex.htm
As you can tell I have definately upgraded my Super Blackfoot. It has a Tekin Rebel esc, Team Associated Firehawk motor, Tamiya oil filled shocks with green Losi springs in the rear, RPM receiver case, TC3 rear body posts, Team Associated antenna tube and mount, Hitec steering servo, and several different wheel and tire combinations. I locked the diff with silly puddy to make it perform better in the snow and it really has made a world of difference. ccna testking I water proofed the esc by using clear slicone around the seam of the case. I just purchased a new 97 Dakota body to have some fun with because I love how it looks on the truck. I used to have Ram lights on the rollbar but they have been broken for awhile. I still might pick up another set because it made it a black to run the truck at night. The only thing I really need to do is redisgn the steering system because like so many others there is a ridiculous amount of play in it. I saw the thread on RCMT about it and I might try to do something similar. There truck got me started off in the world of RC because after seeing my friends original blackfoot I had to have one. I used to have an original blackfoot that ccip my father picked up at a swap meat but when I was younger I took it all apart and only kept the parts like the chassis and screws that I could use for my Super Blackfoot. It really is too bad I didn't keep it because all the parts where there and I did have it running at one point.

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Derek,

You might find this Autonomous Helicopter interesting as well....though it's primarily for the Educational sector.

http://www.roadnarrows.com/robotics/...oax-basic.html

Skitt
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Derek:
You might want to check out the book: Control of Sapcecraft and Aircraft, by Arthur Bryson, Jr. It has discussion and control laws for helicopters near hover, as well as aircraft and satellites. See if your school's library has it or can find it.
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if you are designing its brain, you should make it work with rc servos, it will make your life alot easier controlling it.
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Autonomous heli's are MUCH easier to do these days,

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-5mIA1EHnI[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG67IqvrHvM[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4g-2dSjAJw[/youtube]

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