This is what they meant when they say a GoPro can minimise vibration.

Here’s the same area at around the same time, flight of an Immersion RC Xugong 10 that we were having issues with for quite some time on the vibrations and we’ve tried:

– Earplugs in dampening balls
– Red dampening balls
– Black dampening balls
These dampening balls from Hobbyking
– Adding a Tarot T2D gimbal with foam to the front
– Removing the gimbal again

It is the same. Then we popped in one of our damaged GoPro 3 that can’t do video out when the mobius* ran out of battery. We flew line of sight.

and we found out the GoPro indeed can take away vibrations in the video with the exact same motors, lipo, propellors…

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*Our Mobius is converted to a GoPro form factor with these thus was able to use the gimbal.

Drone Laws SG

“The only people being punished are those who try to stick to the rules.”

The US FAA rules:

    • Fly below 400 feet (121 Meters) and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Don’t fly within 5 miles (8 km) of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
  • Don’t fly near people or stadiums
  • Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
  • Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

Our current Singapore laws:

– No flying within 5km of an aerodome (Airports)

– Permit needed for carrying a camera. Permit takes about 2 weeks.

– No flying above 61 meters

Article today in Straitstimes:

 Drone users call for less restrictive rules amid review

Singapore |  Updated today at 02:47 AM

By Lester Hio

REGULATIONS for flying drones in Singapore should be streamlined and less obstructive, according to users and developers of the gadgets here.

They hope that the current review of drone regulations by the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will provide clearer guidelines on drone operations and include minimal restrictions.

The challenge will be to ensure that privacy and safety concerns are met without undermining innovation and development.

Currently, drone users must apply for at least one of three permits before flying them here, which can take a minimum of two weeks.

Under the Singapore Air Navigation Order, a model aircraft may not be flown within 5km of an aerodrome – such as an airport or air base – unless the operator obtains a permit.

A permit is also required for flying drones higher than 61m above mean sea level when they are 5km or more away from an aerodrome.

Such rules ensure there are safety buffers to keep unmanned aircraft clear of flight paths.

Finally, drone operators need an aerial photography licence – even if they do not plan to use cameras attached to the machines.

Drone operators say the regulations are too restrictive and bureaucratic, and make deployment and development of the technology difficult here.

Mr Rude Lee, 33, from aerial photography company Skyshot, called for the permit approval time to be reduced. “Every time we want to fly, we have to contact different departments at CAAS, the Ministry of Home Affairs and, sometimes, the air force,” he said. “We have to turn away clients with last-minute requests because we won’t get the permits in time.”

Mr Gabriel Kang, founder of drone research firm Sensory Robotics, said: “The only people being punished are those who try to stick to the rules.

“All drones have cameras – it’s a safety feature. You have to see where the drone is going as it can travel out of sight very quickly. You want to make sure it doesn’t hit anything, and you can’t do that without a camera to see where it is flying.”

Lawyers say the review is a step in the right direction in separating regulations for manned and unmanned aircraft, which have different needs.

Technology lawyer Gabriel Voisin, from law firm Bird and Bird, said the Ministry of Transport’s review shows there is an interest in drawing up a drone-friendly regulation. But he added: “The real difficulty will be to balance issues of safety, privacy and public opinion with the interest of the industry.”

lesterh@sph.com.sg

 Wishlist

– A single agency to deal with when permits are allowed. Online applications. Shorter turnaround time (3 working days?) for permit to be granted/ rejected.

– No permits needed when carrying a camera, doing FPV flying when flying below 120 meters.

– Severe punishment (fine) including caning for flying near, within airports, or where huge crowd form like stadiums/ starting line of a marathon, no flying into fireworks.

– Education for our Immigration officers to prevent misunderstanding when travelling in or out of Singapore with multicopters/ lipos/ transmitter(s).

Build: Whitesheep

May 2015 – JiyiUAV P2

The Whitesheep was revamped and used for the P2 article. JiyiUAV was very kind to send us a review unit. Article here, here and here (Flitetest).


 

Nope, you didn’t see the name wrong. It’s the WhiteSheep.

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Very soon, we found the contacts were not that great or could be the bad soldering skills. We swop over to the Hobbyking PDB.

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After some successful flights, added the carbon fiber tube to lift the Tarot gimbal.

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Then the conversion to multistar 2814 motors for even heavier lifting.

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Added some LEDs

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Build: Night Hawk 250 Pro

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The Best Hobby Mall’s Night Hawk 250 was our first venture into 250mm class quads. It had a nice introduction price of $39.99 USD with free shipping and it’s really non nonsense free shipping. We got it shipped to Singapore.

Part List

Best Hobby Mall Night Hawk 250 Pro
My RC Mart 1806 2300kv
My RC Mart RCX 12A Sky SimonK
5030 2 blade propellors (CW / CCW)
5030 tri blade propellers (CW / CCW) < Don’t bother with these, they break too easily
6030 2 blade propellers (CW / CCW)
6030 2 blade carbon fiber propellers
Turnigy 3S 1300 / 2200 lipo
LED from Goodluckbuy

Rebuild 2 – 9 Dec 2014

Rebuild it and flown it with a Hobbyking Naze 32 (This is the soldered horizontal pins version. There is a vertical pin version and a no pins version). Great fun as well. Picked up a pack of spare accessories that consists of all the bolt, nuts and blue rubber thingy as well.

The ESCs didn’t like being cramped together and we learn the hard way. It just never flew properly. After one ESC discarded and all moved to the arms later, we were flying again.

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Rebuild 1 – 15 Sept 2014

It never flew properly on a KK2.1.5, gave up and anxious to fly it, swop to a DJI Naza M Lite with GPS. yes, a little crazy with the GPS and all but it flew great!

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8 Sept 2014

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7 April 2015 – Naze32

After. #hobbyking #afroflight #naze32 #acro #abusemark #funfly hahaha long product name.

A photo posted by =In The Course Of Work= (@itcow) on

The Nighthawk 250 has another change and it’s to Naze32 this time. We picked up the Naze32 from Hobbyking. Bluetooth What you must buy, repeat MUST, when you get the Naze32 is the Bluetooth module and while at it, pick up a buzzer too, we reuse the one from our KK2 board. Once flying stable on default PID, all you need to do is change the rate for roll, pitch and yaw. Here’s ours, change from 0 to 0.50 then finally to 0.8 and you’ll be flipping with great fun without loose altitude. Screenshot_2015-04-14-21-46-25 Android Apps


The above is EZ Gui Ground Station. Pay for it, trust us. It’s great. The first one we tried was the Naze32/ MultiWII Configurator but it can’t read (as of 15 Apr) AUX 2 that we setup for Autotune.

Flip!

F330 with bigger frame

Was looking at loading more things on the DJI F330 when we were rebuilding the F330 for the 3rd time recently and came across this thread by Theone420. We contacted our local, Singapore workshop and yes, they can do it.

and so, here’s “The Flying Flea”.

We chose to make it in 0.5mm thick ply wood and for fun, an acrylic one.

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Weighing it, 74.2grams

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As stated in that thread, the DXF comes with 0.9mm screw holes and comes as a guide. You can choose what size you need. We went with the original 2.5mm but the original screws of M2.5 x 6 won’t be long enough. We went with M2.5 x 8.

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Draft assembly with the F330 arms.

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Weighing it again. 172.8grams with arms.

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Size compare with the DJI F330.

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The acrylic one.

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With lotsa space to mount the ESC within the frame.

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Used the DJI Naza M V2 with GPS on this.

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Size compare with the DJI F330.

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It flew great.

– Gains if you wanna know. 110, 110, 100, 100, 129 and 120.
– Flying Flea with F330 arms x 4
– 4 x 30A DJI Opto
– 4 x DJI 2212 920kv motors
– myrcmart 1 to 8 Power Distribution board
– FrSky D8R-XP
– Turnigy 3S 2650 mah
– Boscam 600mw Transmitter
– Gopro 3

Sparky

Our fleet continues with the Sparky.

The stuffs about Sparky is all over the place. As with many opensource flight controllers. Downloads, explanations or wikis don’t get updated or they do somewhere hidden deep in some forums.

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Left the CircuDrone frame aside first and swop the KK2 from the existing RCX GF223.

Anyway, here’s what we gathered.

Watch

Download

http://jenkins.taulabs.org/artifacts/

https://github.com/TauLabs/TauLabs/releases/tag/20140405

Problem with D4R II using PPM to Sparky like this guy…so we thought then noticed the picture he posted, his white cable from the transmitter to his Sparky is going to port “RX” while black cable is going to “0” while red cable is going to VCC. The 3.3V should not be tapped.

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The white cable this way is tapping a 5V port. From there, it was smooth sailing.

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Sparky allows us to “calibrate” the ESC by setting up within the Ground Control Station (GCS). This was useful as we burnt an ESC and was using a substitute 20A ones, compare to 3 x 10A till stock arrives.

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Fully changed to a 4 pin plastic.

6 Sept – Updated. 10A ESC Arrived and when others tell you to leave the props off, they mean it. We left it on to just calibrate it, didnt notice the arm switch was on and the throttle was not zeroed. After calibration, the whole fram took off from the desk. hahahaa no one was hurt but it made some minor cuts on the monitor.

Before Autotune

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