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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] My new toy is ALIVE

From: Reto Büttner
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] My new toy is ALIVE
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:33:06 +0100

Hi Chris

Congratulations to your great system!

Can you post some info on the wiki:


2012/11/14 Chris <address@hidden>:
> Hi.
> It's being a while since it posted something interesting here i was very
> busy.
> My X8 is alive and made its first experimental trip.
> It has over 40km range (80km round trip) it is completely autonomous
> and PC joystick operated if needed.
> It can do many things like lock a target take pictures with zoom etc.
> The landing gear is not for landing or take off but to protect the camera
> (Canon SX230HS with GPS and optical stabilization) during parachute recovery
> but i guess you can land and take off from a runway if needed.
> Usually i throw it by hand.
> The camera of course can pan 360 degrees and tilt more than 90.
> The front wheel is retractable to the front in order to move out of the way
> of the camera during flight.
> AUW is 4900g with a 10Ah 8S pack (my little secret as it weights less than
> 1500g) and i admit that it is easier to hand throw than i expected, X8 is
> such a good airplane....
> The huge motor with gearbox is not for power but for efficiency.
> It took me a lot of time to write and test some software and construct some
> custom hardware like an I2C 8 additional servo controller (things are not
> looking good here) but it was worth it.
> Not a glitch detected he he he.
> Chris
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