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04-27-2014 02:49 PM  6 years ago
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More FLIR Night Flying With Multirotor
Hello All

I did another night flight using the FLIR...very effective for navigation at night.

It's not cheap but if you really want to do night fling with a multirotor this is a MUST.

Watch at YouTube

Also notice the flight time Petty good for an old Mikrokopter Hexa XL. Very reliable multirotor...all features just work.

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04-27-2014 03:10 PM  6 years ago
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FLIR used?

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04-27-2014 03:12 PM  6 years ago
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Legacy...

Its called the Indago Alpha Uncooled Microbolometer Camera. The company was aquired by FLIR back in the day.

The camera is 1.7in x 1.7in x 4.3in at 200 grams so its pretty darn small and light.

The resolution is 160x128 with a 40 deg FOV.

It operates at 30fps.
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04-28-2014 02:11 PM  6 years ago
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That's the same sensor the AV Raven used to have.
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04-28-2014 08:54 PM  6 years ago
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That is a cool tid-bit of info to know.

So far the sensor seems to be quite robust...we will see how long it lasts

I plan on putting a minature ntsc on the multi...I already have the capability to switch between 2 feeds on board.

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04-28-2014 09:10 PM  6 years ago
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The only issue we saw with that sensor, and it should not affect you, is the calibration shutter jamming. This causes either a cold or hot calibration, depending on which way it jams. If it jams open, the calibration happens with the sensor exposed, resulting in ghost images. If the shutter jams closed, then you lose all imagery until hopefully the next cal happens and the shutter un-jams.

The way the Raven lands (controlled crash) is what would eventually caused the mechanical shutter to fail like this. So unless you crash your bird over and over, you should be fine.
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04-29-2014 12:51 AM  6 years ago
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No crashing for me.

I have seen a raven land in person...not elegant but I guess that was AV's definition of working

I can see how constant crashes would damage this camera. I have opened it up and am surprised that is all that broke...definitely and interesting circuit design.

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05-02-2014 03:46 PM  6 years ago
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Any clue what would be the MTBF on such small models? Sans abnormal conditions (vibes/jolts, etc.).~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~
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