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Quadcopter advice for quadriplegic

Superfly611

Heliman

chesterfield, new jersey

I am a quadriplegic that can fly a coaxial helicopter pretty good. I just bought myself a new toy the walkera 4f180 to play with. I know it's a toy but I thought it looked cool with the 4 blades. anyway, I would like to get a quadkopter but specifically the mikrokopter. I'm willing to spend the money if I'm able to fly it. I would rather not spend that much but it seems like you get quality with that helicopter compared to other ones. I want to do aerial photography so that's my main reason to get a quad helicopter. all of the gps features would be great for me making the flight easier. I found a quad helicopter that might work to start out with instead of spending $ 6500 but I would like a ready to fly version of it. does anyone else know how the xaircraft 650 carbon fiber helicopter is? is there anyone in central New jersey that may have something like this that I could talk to and maybe meet? thanks in advance for any responses.

05-07-2011 Over year old.
Dr.Ben

rrProfessor

Richmond, VA, USA

Could you perhaps detail the extent of your existing motor function (movement)?

Ben Minor

Team Thunder Tiger Team Futaba Team Kontronik USA
Esprit Models Progressive RC

05-07-2011 Over year old.
cudaboy_71

Elite Veteran

sacramento, ca, u.s.

i'd recommend poking your head in the AP Forum. Those guys could likely recommend a complete setup down to the brass tacks, if an RTF is not available.

if it ain't broke, break it.

05-07-2011 Over year old.
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McKrackin

rrProfessor

Lucasville,Ohio

Lotus.

They're all over eBay in the $300 range.

http://cgi.ebay.com/UFO-LOTUSRC-Qua...=item3a657e7f7d

I literally never use the word literally right.

05-07-2011 Over year old.
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altima1779

Key Veteran

Toledo, oh u.s

The guai 330s quad is actually really nice for the money. In fact although it is smaller than xaircraft it has the same lifting ability. I had mine setup with way more weight than what was recommend and it did very well.

The downside to a quad is lose a motor and your day is over, why i would never put a very expensive camera on a quad. The Hexa is starting to look liked a better option because it gives you a chance to bring it down if you loose a motor.

Miniature aircraft is coming out with a quad and a hexa that look great. They will be almost ready to fly and at least half the cost of the Mikrocopter. The big plus for me is you will not need to be a electrical engineer to put one together.

Here is a link

http://rc.runryder.com/helicopter/t641074p1/

05-07-2011 Over year old.
bjacks

Key Veteran

Ft. Worth, Tex.

Quad copter

When you say in the $300.00 range, I think $470.00 is not in the $300.00 range, it's $170.00 shipping. Bobby

05-07-2011 Over year old.
McKrackin

rrProfessor

Lucasville,Ohio

When you say in the $300.00 range, I think $470.00 is not in the $300.00 range, it's $170.00 shipping. Bobby
lol...Yeah,never noticed that.
That is not the only place to get one though.I just grabbed the first link.

Still beats the crap outta the $6500 one he's looking at now.

I literally never use the word literally right.

05-07-2011 Over year old.
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jackheli

rrProfessor

Vancouver - Canada

there are tons of good threads on the groups on the subject. If you are willing to dig in you may come up with a tricopter or even a hexacopter for less.

Tons on threads on FPV too.

Check them out.

Back when I started I used this: http://www.quadframe.com/ but there are other routes. You can buy an assembled controller if you are afraid of building your own.

Good luck.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

05-07-2011 Over year old.
GroundPounder

Veteran

South Africa, Cape Town

I got myself one of these

http://store.jdrones.com/product_p/ackit1.htm

Open source code, I loaded the latest ArduPirates code, heli is super stable in still to mildly blowing air.
If you can fly a small coaxial, you can fly this.
Also available as partly, or fully assembled kit.

GroundPounder

05-09-2011 Over year old.
Superfly611

Heliman

chesterfield, new jersey

thank you

thanks for all the advice so far. dr. ben, my fingers curl towards my palm and i have wrist movement pretty good as well as arm function. i was reading some posts somewhere that the xaircraft is not that easy to fly. is this true? also when looking at some videos of xaircraft in comparison of the mikrocopter its not as stable as the mikrokopter. i want something thats very stable for pictures. also,i was thinking of starting out with something cheaper but like i said i have no problem with spending the money for quality and bells and whistles . by the way sorry it took me so long to post back i didnt realize i had responses to my post. please keep it coming while i look over all your recommendations.

05-10-2011 Over year old.
GroundPounder

Veteran

South Africa, Cape Town

So embarrassed, sorry, quadriplegic = 4
Still, if someone knowledgeable sets up the arducopter for you, minimal movements are all that is required.
In our club we have a person that was trapped in a burning car after a wreck, no fingers on one hand, basically a claw on the other, and he just solo'ed recently.
Not to minimize your disability, but with the right help, no reason to get full enjoyment from the hobby.
Actually, I'd be "minimizing " your fellow club members, and deservedly so
Can't be there physically, but I'm a firm believer in the open sorce community.
We demo'ed our Quads at an indoor last night, and well received I might add.

GroundPounder

05-10-2011 Over year old.
jackheli

rrProfessor

Vancouver - Canada

Quick update on the http://www.quadframe.com/ KK controller.

The gyros from HK are not available anymore, they changed the guts of the gyro.

So that controller is a toss unless you want to get into a really deep wiring mess.

For something really stable it would be great to get something with attenuators which will self level the quadcopter for you.

Unfortunately the only ones I know of you have to build yourself.

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

05-11-2011 Over year old.
Superfly611

Heliman

chesterfield, new jersey

thanks for the advice

no worries GroundPounder. is there anyone in central New Jersey in the club you trust? also could they help?

05-11-2011 Over year old.
GroundPounder

Veteran

South Africa, Cape Town

Hey Superfly,
Nope, I'm in South Africa, sorry

GroundPounder

05-16-2011 Over year old.
Superfly611

Heliman

chesterfield, new jersey

re-considering the mikrokopter

okay guys i'm reconsidering my thoughts. i think my idea of getting a mikrokopter is not going to be attainable. i've been reading posts about guys with experience spending 7 months building/programming a unit as complex as that. even if i get it rtf what if i need to fix it after a crash. anyway, what’s the cheapest, easiest, most stable, quadcopter that i can use for aerial photography? the gaui 330 looks to small to get good video and pictures with its 700g payload but it also looks like it will be the easiest to maintain. Unless you can use the ‘’go pro hero’’ for fpv, pictures and videos. As I mentioned initially I really do want gps hold, pan/tilt on camera, and gps return home if possible.
Whats the thoughts on xaircraft 450 or 650 or gaui 330 for a somewhat of a beginner pilot. I saw a gaui crash and get put back together in a minute or two.

05-20-2011 Over year old.
GroundPounder

Veteran

South Africa, Cape Town

Hey Superfly,
You might want look here

http://store.jdrones.com/
Quick delivery, spares are relatively cheap.
You probably have a supplier right where you live

I'm running code from these guys, works "out of the box", and much easier to install and setup than the other group.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ght=ardupirates

The other group has much more sophisticated software, but not so easy to set up

http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/ArduCopterMega

gk

GroundPounder

05-20-2011 Over year old.
Superfly611

Heliman

chesterfield, new jersey

thanks for the info

hey groundpounder,
thanks for the info! i took a look but i have mixed feelings about it. it sort of looks cheaply made and its pretty expensive for that. the more i'm reading the more the gaui 330x-s or maybe the xaircraft 450 (the xaircraft 450 is suppose to be easier to fly/setup than the 650 i guess from what i've read) but not sure if the gaui can handle the setup i want. the setup i want would probably be the go pro hero with a nice mount for fpv and video and photography. is that at all possible? both using the go pro for video/photography and fpv? sorry i'm going all over with different topics but i'm trying to figure out what direction i want to go with these quadcopters. thanks again everyone.

05-20-2011 Over year old.
wjw

Veteran

Cape Coral, Florida usa

gaui 500

Gaui is coming out with a new 500 series in about 2 months.
That will be the one to go with.
I have a MK octo (rusty frames MK electronics, pic in my gallery) and it is nice but for the money, I am buying the Gaui 500
It will have much improved payload
Not much more info out on them yet.

05-25-2011 Over year old.
Superfly611

Heliman

chesterfield, new jersey

is that a quadcopter

I was looking up information on that but it looks like it's a regular helicopter not a quadcopter. unless I was looking at the wrong one.

05-31-2011 Over year old.
mbrewer

Senior Heliman

Corpus Christi, TX

Google gaui 500x .

06-01-2011 Over year old.
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