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The RC-Cam.com forum was the very first online community dedicated to the advancement of wireless video cameras on radio controlled (R/C) models. This is now called "FPV" (First Person View). We are proud of the contributions that our members have made to the FPV hobby.

We've seen significant changes over the last twenty years. Initially there were a lot of eager R/C hobbyist that built their own video systems. Allowing these creative individuals to share their work was the purpose of this site. Now the FPV market is flooded with low cost systems; Sadly DiY FPV video projects are now rarely discussed.

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  1. “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” -Winston Churchill I'm an optimistic person by nature and I WILL find someone who is optimistic as well. That's as simple as I can put that. Thanks for your input.
  2. I'm sure it will be beyond the limitations of some of the members here but there is always someone who is willing to take on the challenge. As far as the electronics are concerned: it is only required to test out the flight model and won't be sold with it. The type of system I'm asking for from the members here does not incorporate the sophistication required to sell it to government agencies. It would be however capable of conducting the tests on the flight model very nicely. The company is in process of incorporation so the website will be available in a few more weeks.
  3. I'm not limiting myself to this forum. Also, I can actually purchase a UAV from micropilot for $7500 which includes the electronics, so 5K is not a bad deal for someone who wants to make some extra cash on a system he/she has already created. Remember; I'm only asking for the BOM and software, not the the physical components. This is an opportunity to help a young student and put some needed cash into their pocket. http://www.micropilot.com/prod_uav.htm
  4. Read the section Command: Landing http://cmil.west.cmu.edu/publications/EAV-...ot%20design.pdf There are several types on the market which you'll have to research.
  5. And that may not be a requirement for others but I'm interested in this feature. The flight model needs to be tested on long flight durations as well as testing the landing gear components. The flight model will be programmed to take off, go to several waypoints, return to the field and perform a touch & go, and continue doing this until the fuel forces a landing (witch is why I need to measure fuel qty). Most UAVs don't require autonomous TO/Landing but in my case it's a requirement.
  6. Landing using an ultrasonic altimeter is very common in the do-it-yourself UAV projects. It's been out for quite some time now. It's used to allow better altimeter resolution for take-off and landing. Here's a link to how they operate. Although this particular on is used for blimps, it can be configured to work for UAVs. This is one of many available on the market. http://www.ias.uwe.ac.uk/People%20Pages/j-...trasonics_2.htm
  7. The range of 20 miles is the LOS range. The duration of the flight is what I'm interested in. I'm using the electronics solely to test out the long flight characteristics of the flight model. Although the electronics are important, the actual need here is to verify the flight model can withstand long duration flights. The requirements I set out for the electronics is suffcient to test out the flight model. Just a note... I'd like to get responses from those that actually want to participate in this contest. Please ask me questions regarding information you need to create your submission. Let's keep this simple and keep your questions in scope of the request. Thanks
  8. The flight model will be able to accomodate the battery weight with ease. The flight model is designed to be long-endurance and heavy lift. Battey weight is no real concern.
  9. Don't give up so easy. The flight model is capable of a 25lb. Payload, which is sufficient for a large battery. You worry about the charge time; I'll worry about the weight.
  10. It would be nice if it were that simple. In fact it's very complex to take an idea (especially on this level) to market. If it were that simple there would be many inventors out there that would never need funding for their patents. There's a lot more to bringing your completed designs to market then you may think. The 5K is a way to make your design closer to reality. I never said I wanted the design exclusively. You can still keep your design idea and market it on your own.
  11. I'm assuming there is someone out there that has already developed most or all of their design which they can use for this contest. I'm sure 5 months is possible but I'm thinking there are existing designs already assembled and tested by some members here.
  12. Hello All, I'm developing a new UAV company and I'm offering a $5000 reward for the best design of a UAV. There are several design criteria that I will include here and I'll pick (and pay) the user that best meets my needs. I'm not asking for you to purchase any equipment or make any type of investment. I'm simply in need of a starting point for products I intend to offer for sale through my company. If your design best meets my requirements, I'll mail you a check for $5000 dollars and possibly use you as a consultant on future designs. This is no joke and I'm very serious about my intentions. If you think you have what it takes to come up with a good design, please participate. What I need is a list of the electronic components (flight model is already in-house) to make the UAV flight worthy. I also need the program(s) you came up with to get the UAV to operate. I’m asking you to make a list of all the electronic components and provide me with the programs you made so they can be installed in the electronics. This way I can take your electronic design and install your program(s), install the entire assembly in my UAV, and fly it. You provide a list of the components and the software, I pay you for it...it’s that simple. The following are the requirements for the electronics: Very simply... 1. Take-off autonomously 2. Land autonomously (ultrasonic altimeter below 15 feet AGL, other method above 15 ft) 3. Capable of 50 waypoints (w/altitude) guided by GPS 4. Flight model is capable of 30-hour endurance so electronics must last 33 hours 5. Must include telemetry (altitude, airspeed, GPS coordinates, flight direction, and calculated fuel load). The requirements are very basic and there may be additional information you may need get started, so let me know. I'm looking to program my UAV to TO, fly to several waypoints, report back where it is and how it is performing, then land back at its starting point and come to a stop. The entire flight will last 25 hours with a maximum range of 25 miles LOS. Contest ends 5-01-2007 Let me know what additional information you need. Joe
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