Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sketchup design

We are designing the center plates of new quad/hexas using sketchup. First prototypes includes

This is based on unofficial arducopter quad/hexa center plate:

Sketchup file

This is based on Norf hexacopter center plate:

Sketchup file

We plan to create them manually (we still don't have our own CNC machine) in carbon fiber / fiber glass / aluminum.

Friday, March 18, 2011


Another sunny day in the test airfield trying to fly the @Nio's hexacopter. Fail!

It's impossible to takeoff in a controlled way. We have tried @Nio's APM/IMU in the @JC's tiny hexacopter and it works perfect.
This discards the possibility of an APM fail or any code related issues.
Antonio has also exchanged the position of some motors and ESCs with no luck.
We have now some doubts about our new power distribution board, maybe it is not providing each ESC with an enough amount of amps.

We will try to modify the design to come back to a classic power distribution board with cables.

Some pictures of the test:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Improving flying skills

While we are debugging some unexpected glitches with the big hexacopter, we decide to enjoy a sunny day with the tiny copter. @Nio has demonstrated why he is the main pilot!

Enjoy the video!

We have deleted some crashes, like a fail takeoff from the car's roof :) We will compile some crashes in a future video.

The team morale is high, due to some positive comments from people in the airfield test.

Our graphic design team is developing a corporate image to be used in tshirts, banners, etc.

And this is only the beginning!