300ft high drone flight....a record?..Nope, how about 444ft?

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300ft high drone flight....a record?..Nope, how about 444ft?

Postby tonyh0905 » 06 May 2012, 18:15

300ft may not be a world record, but it's certainly a personal best :)

I wrapped the 808#16 camera in foam and taped it to the drone to try and reduce the jelly effect...didn't work!!......has anyone managed to eliminate this problem??
I also had ardrone flight recording the downward facing camera. I used this video of the goal posts to calculate the altitude of the drone.


Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/v/URVyqx5UyTA

Just a quick dash as high as I dare, and back down....Is it me, or is coming back down more scary than going up!! :)


Direct link: http://www.youtube.com/v/mh8Ug1BYMeQ
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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby drone » 06 May 2012, 18:21

WOW... TOTALLY WOW.! Nicely done!

Try sticking the foam wrapped cam on top of the battery, that might help.

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300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby mhoppes » 06 May 2012, 20:02

You can also try moon gel. I've used that successfully on coaxial helicopters.

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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby deanes » 06 May 2012, 22:42

[quote="tonyh0905"]300ft may not be a world record, but it's certainly a personal best :)

I wrapped the 808#16 camera in foam and taped it to the drone to try and reduce the jelly effect...didn't work!!......has anyone managed to eliminate this problem??

Just for kicks, go to your uTube video and look for edit. They have the stabilize shaky video option. It worked wonders for me, but I did several edits at once and I think I lost a little bit of detail. I would like to hear what you think.
BTW, i just ordered a 808#18 1080x720 with detachable battery and camera. I will post when i get to try it out.

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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby tonyh0905 » 07 May 2012, 00:16

drone wrote:WOW... TOTALLY WOW.! Nicely done!

Try sticking the foam wrapped cam on top of the battery, that might help.

Bo


Thanks :)

mhoppes wrote:You can also try moon gel. I've used that successfully on coaxial helicopters.


Ill give both idea's a go, and stick the moon gel to the battery!

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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby Candu » 07 May 2012, 02:41

tonyh0905 wrote:
...I used this video of the goal posts to calculate the altitude of the drone.



I used this device http://wingedshadow.com/howhigh.html to record the altitude. You count the number of flashes to read the max altitude for the previous flight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBboTwK75oM This video showed how it works - max altitude 396 feet. That was my first and last flight at that height.

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Postby tonyh0905 » 07 May 2012, 11:30

deanes wrote:
tonyh0905 wrote:300ft may not be a world record, but it's certainly a personal best :)

I wrapped the 808#16 camera in foam and taped it to the drone to try and reduce the jelly effect...didn't work!!......has anyone managed to eliminate this problem??

Just for kicks, go to your uTube video and look for edit. They have the stabilize shaky video option. It worked wonders for me, but I did several edits at once and I think I lost a little bit of detail. I would like to hear what you think.
BTW, i just ordered a 808#18 1080x720 with detachable battery and camera. I will post when i get to try it out.


I used the edit option on youtube to stabilize the image, and it's supprising how well it works....the only problem was that it seemed to make the 'jello' effect worse!
I've reverted back to original now....I'll be interested to hear you thoughts on the 808#18 when you get it :)
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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby tonyh0905 » 07 May 2012, 11:36

Candu wrote:
I used this device http://wingedshadow.com/howhigh.html to record the altitude. You count the number of flashes to read the max altitude for the previous flight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBboTwK75oM This video showed how it works - max altitude 396 feet. That was my first and last flight at that height.


:o at 300ft I could hardly make out which way the drone was pointing...at 400ft it must have been a dot!!

I do like the look of that altimeter tho :)

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Re: Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby mhoppes » 07 May 2012, 13:13

tonyh0905 wrote:
Candu wrote:
I used this device http://wingedshadow.com/howhigh.html to record the altitude. You count the number of flashes to read the max altitude for the previous flight http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBboTwK75oM This video showed how it works - max altitude 396 feet. That was my first and last flight at that height.


:o at 300ft I could hardly make out which way the drone was pointing...at 400ft it must have been a dot!!

I do like the look of that altimeter tho :)

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I've flown to 800 with a fixed wing - yes. You can't see it from the ground.

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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby deanes » 07 May 2012, 15:38

Just a note of caution!!
Be careful about high flights. The first encounter with an aircraft will get our whole industry banned.
Aircraft are not supposed to be under 500' in most places, but even if they are at the wrong altitude, guess who would get the blame...
With the type of cameras we are flying with there is nothing of interest to see above a couple of hundred feet anyhow.

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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby Marcux » 07 May 2012, 18:28

Are you using RC or wifi? If wifi are you using a router?

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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby tonyh0905 » 07 May 2012, 22:21

Marcux wrote:Are you using RC or wifi? If wifi are you using a router?


I was using an RC mod and DX6i radio.

I just ordered one of these http://wingedshadow.com/howhigh.html for more accurate altitude info :D

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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby Candu » 07 May 2012, 23:07

tonyh0905 wrote:
:o at 300ft I could hardly make out which way the drone was pointing...at 400ft it must have been a dot!!

I do like the look of that altimeter tho :)

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It was just 4 feet under the FAA max altitude limit of 400 feet for RC controlled crafts.

Yes, it was small enough that I had a difficult time telling which end was its head and tail. I must admit it wasn't a comfortable flight for me and that's the reason why it was my last flight at that type of altitude with the ardrone.

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300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby mhoppes » 08 May 2012, 02:27

Did the FAA enact the 400ft rule? I know they were talking about it last March, but didn't think it went into effect.

To me this seems a bit like the fish and boat commission trying to regulate model boats on a lake.

This coming from someone who flies models and aspires to get an actual pilot license some day.

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Re: 300ft high drone flight....a record?

Postby drone » 08 May 2012, 03:13

mhoppes,

Talking strictly as a pilot, I don't think the comparison to RC boat models hold water. ;-) and once you get your ticket you may agree. (maybe)
don't know if they did enact the 400 feet yet. BUT. planes are expected to stay above 500 feet.. this is the most important number.

While flying a full size plane, you will constantly be amazed HOW difficult it is to spot even full-size airplanes, you are constantly scouting, and bird-size objects such as birds arrive quickly and it is not for nothing "bird strike" is hugely dangerous.

On the boat comparison... the big difference is that almost every powerboat will destroy most RC boat models. on the contrary, a arDrone in the engine "could" down a plane, or a arDrone in the windshield could do the same thing... let alone imagine what my Y6 with two huge batteries and a DSLR would do to a airplane....... those objects are far harder and heavier individually than the average bird-strike object.

it is my humble opinion that arDrones and RC models don't have any meaningful business above 500 feet, and responsible RC pilots need to consider the safety of those planes they share the airspace with. 500 and up is VFR airspace, and small RC planes are almost impossible to spot visually at 150knots. most RC pilots flying above 500feet are flying FPV and not actually staring at the plane while flying, so they don't actually know if a plane is behind them, unless they have a spotter with a pair of binoculars checking constantly.. I doubt most do.

Just my 2 cents.

Happy Flying

Bo


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