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Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Build Tips and Update

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Build Tips and Update

Hey there! Sorry it’s been so long since I have put out a 680 video…well…it has been only a week…but that is forever for those of you who are in the middle of a build and are looking for continued support!…



A Call to Action :: Deadline is July 25, 2014!

A Call to Action :: Deadline is July 25, 2014!

This is a call to action. The FAA has released their interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft established by Congress in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.

This interpretation puts our hobby in great risk. It can essentially change how we operate in this hobby forever if we don’t band together and take action.

What action?

Learn.
Comment.
Sign.

Learn what the proposed interpretation is about, and how it effects…



A function that returns insanity

A function that returns insanity

Playing around with a bit of pseudo-code today (loosely based off C#).  It’s a bit of a nerd-play off of the concept of “Build. Fly. Crash. Repeat.

 

I originally started out with a function that returns “happiness”.  Here is what it looked like:

This is a function named “everythingcpo.com” that returns “happiness”.  It’s essentially an…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Autonomous Test Flight

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Autonomous Test Flight

Just a quick video of an autonomous test flight with the Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter. As you can see from the very start of the video, building a mission is as simple as plotting points on a satellite map…and it was a pretty simple run…but definitely tested that the system was operating as expected.

The short mission included takeoff, loiter, elevation changes, and landing. It was short and sweet! I am starting to think of all…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Lower Assembly (Landing Gear and Bottom Plate)

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Lower Assembly (Landing Gear and Bottom Plate)

In this video, we prep our bottom plate for the hexacopter by installing the landing gear and adding the battery tray mounts.

Please note:  I am not using a canopy, so I don’t really care about the canopy mounting screw holes.  This part of the assembly is the way Tarot wanted the front/back to be (noting that I put the gold holders in the front).  However, recall that my top plate is backwards from what Tarot…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Attopilot 180A Installation (voltage/current monitor)

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Attopilot 180A Installation (voltage/current monitor)

In this video, I install the Attopilot 180A voltage and current monitoring breakout board. This is a replacement for the standard power module that comes with my 3DR Pixhawk flight controller. I wan’t something that can handle more current than the stock module. I’m unsure if this is required, but it makes me feel better. : ) Plus, if I decide to move to a 6S setup, I’ll be ahead of the game.




Tarot T-2D Gimbal Tip : Got the Shakes? Here’s a Solution

Tarot T-2D Gimbal Tip : Got the Shakes? Here’s a Solution

Thanks for watching this video. I stayed up til 2AM one night trying to figure out why my Tarot T-2D GoPro gimbal was acting all crazy. I tried updating the motor and sensor firmware. I set the motor pole count. I tried random configuration changes. Then it dawned on me…why don’t you try and swap the motors and see what happens. It can’t be any worse. Low and behold…PROBLEM SOLVED! Hope this helps someone else…



Finding a Local RC Club : Episode One

Finding a Local RC Club : Episode One

This is episode one. It’s the start of a journey, and hopefully a quick trip! : ) I have decided that it’s time to find a local RC Club and a flying field. I’ve outgrown my yard, and lately I yearn to have someone local to hang out with in the hobby.

I joined the AMA this week, and now it’s time to find a club.

In this first episode, I check out two clubs. I bring…



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AMA Responds to the FAA Interpretive Rule

In case you are keeping score, the AMA released the following response via press release.

Date: June 24, 2014

Contact: Rich Hanson

888-899-3548

richh@modelaircraft.org

FAA Interpretive Rule addressing “Special Rule for Model Aircraft”

Academy of Model Aeronautics response

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has reviewed FAA’s recently released Interpretive Rule in which the agency provided its…



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FAA Offers Guidance for Model Aircraft Operators

First, thanks to Casper for alerting me to this news…

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released initial guidance for model aircraft operators. The official press release is below. From their website:

The FAA clarifies the special rules for model aircraft in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The FAA is issuing the notice to provide clear guidance to model operators on the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of flying safely in accordance with the Act and…



NASA-Quadcopter

NASA. Quadcopter. Saturn. Moon. Really!?

Okay…we knew this was coming…right?

NASA wants to search Saturn’s moon Titan for life but they’re having trouble coming up with a good way to cover a large territory and obtain samples. Now they think they may have a good solution: A 22-pound quadcopter that will work from a mothership. After reading about it, it’s a really cool idea.

I won’t reproduce the whole article…you can find it here:

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/nasa-wants-to-send-a-quadcopter-drone-to-titan-along-wi-1593024773



EverythingCPO-TX-Logo

Playing around with a new logo, Revision 2.

Rev 2…

I didn’t’ get much feedback, but the feedback I did get seemed that folks wanted it to look more like a transmitter. I didn’t want to draw a transmitter, but rather remind you of one if you are in the know of RC. However, I agree I think I need a little more context…even to make it look like a face.  Here is Rev2.  I added some hints of a transmitter body…




Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Testing Maximum Amp Pull from Motors

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Testing Maximum Amp Pull from Motors

Short video, primarily for my own information, but I thought it might be helpful for others to see as well. I wanted to find out what the amp draw of my motor/prop combination is so that I can make sure that my connectors and equipment can handle the load.

It’s easy to over-engineer based on these tests, but if you do, it doesn’t hurt. It can be bad to under-engineer, however, if you don’t take these…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : ESC Calibration and Motor Directions

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : ESC Calibration and Motor Directions

This short video shows my method for individual ESC calibration and verification of proper motor direction. It’s not much more than that, so I will shut up now. ; )

 

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Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Mounting Motors and More Soldering

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Mounting Motors and More Soldering

This video takes us through the installation of the motors onto the ESC/motor mounts, and attachment to the booms, and the soldering of the ESC wires to the PCB. I mention this in the video as an afterthought, but you could totally shorten the ESC wires to be more of a precise fit. I didn’t, and it doesn’t bother me. Those wires aren’t visible once the final assembly is complete anyway.

The last thing of note…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : ESCs, Motors, and Lots of Soldering

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : ESCs, Motors, and Lots of Soldering

This video takes care of all of the ESC and motor prep and soldering. It’s a lot of the tedious work that has to be done, and has to be done right. I tried to throw in a bunch of little tips throughout the video. Hopefully they are helpful.

This gets us to the point where we can mount the ESC/Motors on the booms and solder the battery leads to the PCB of the hexacopter. That…my…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Initial Frame Assembly

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : Initial Frame Assembly

Okay, folks. Put your seat belt on. The Tarot 680 Pro build is put back into gear. This video catches everyone up with the initial frame assembly. This is as far as we can go before we solder in the electronics. Those videos will be coming right up!

I did make one mistake in this video. I said there were 4 orange capture bars on the top of the body panel, but I believe there are…



Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : 40A ESC Mounting under Motor (ZTW)

Tarot 680 Pro Hexacopter : 40A ESC Mounting under Motor (ZTW)

In this video I demonstrate how I have decided to mount my ZTW Spider 40A ESCs on my 680 Pro hexacopter. The complication exists because the ESC’s are too large to fit directly under the motor as the multirotor was originally designed. Some people opt to just move the ESCs to the body panels, and some people opt to find creative ways to make the ESCs work under the motors. I chose the latter option….