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The flight of the Hexacopter. A new look at the Brindabellas.

By johnboy - 29 August 2011 36

AP_OZ has been out in the Brindabellas shooting dazzling video with his shiny new Scarab Hexacopter.

Just stunning.

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Gungahlin Al 6:15 pm 03 Nov 11

Phooey on the hexacopter! Check this thing out:
http://dvice.com/archives/2011/11/sixteen-tiny-he.php
Come on AP_OZ – how about it? 🙂

(PS: I love the shock absorber!)

bigfeet 12:30 pm 31 Aug 11

Mr Gillespie said :

DAMN your “privacy issues” you party poopers!!! The freedom of flight is one of man’s greatest dreams, DON’T SPOIL IT! There have been enough spoilages taking away our freedoms as it is! Don’t let that rot hinder anymore innovations, please!

So you would be happy to have this used to monitor and photograph vehicles breaking the speed limit?

Or is it only ok if it could be adapted to film unsuspecting women in the shower?

You seem to be inconsistent in your interpretation of what constitutes privacy.

JessP 10:03 am 31 Aug 11

JessP said :

Great pictures but the whole hexacopter thing makes me nervous. Dangerous looking. Sorry.

Someone else said:
wait what? It has plastic rotors, a bicycle, a vacuum, or even a pedestal fan is more dangerous

Hmm yes it has plastic rotors as does my fan. But then again, my fan doesnt fall 50+m from the sky…..nor does my bike or vacuum.

dtc 10:53 pm 30 Aug 11

Disinformation said :

What privacy issues? There aren’t any issues with this that aren’t the same as a camera and a stick or crane. I think you need a dose of reality with your argument. It fails badly at present.

You need a pretty long stick to hover 50m above your neighbour’s backyard. And a 50m crane peering over a fence would be fairly noticeable. And doing checking out a ‘neighbour’ who is 2km away – well, you gonna need a bigger stick.

Disinformation 9:32 pm 30 Aug 11

GottaLoveCanberra said :

However I can see the potential privacy issues resulting if people start to use these things in ways they shouldn’t.

What privacy issues? There aren’t any issues with this that aren’t the same as a camera and a stick or crane. I think you need a dose of reality with your argument. It fails badly at present.

Mr Gillespie 12:01 pm 30 Aug 11

GottaLoveCanberra said :

Absolutely amazing stuff mate, loving it (including the music).

If this is the sought of stuff us civvies get to play with imagine what the boys/gals in the militaries of the world have at their hands. I’m assuming that you pretty much have to maintain LOS on the unit to avoid any problems? I wonder if people are/have figured out ways to remotely pilot the unit beyond LOS?

However I can see the potential privacy issues resulting if people start to use these things in ways they shouldn’t.

DAMN your “privacy issues” you party poopers!!! The freedom of flight is one of man’s greatest dreams, DON’T SPOIL IT! There have been enough spoilages taking away our freedoms as it is! Don’t let that rot hinder anymore innovations, please!

AP_OZ 10:56 am 30 Aug 11

ThatUniStudent said :

I loved it, including the music!
I was wondering, can you view the video when you are flying the thing? I ask that, as it looks like you see things of interest and follow them. So I presume the camera transmits to a reciver which you can watch real time? That’s where the video recording would be done eh?
Also, what is the range on these things? I presume it would only be a couple of hundred metres between transmitter and the chopper?

See – some people like it – some people don’t… Music choice is a difficult one! 🙂

Yes – I can view the video while flying. I use a set of video goggles and a small LCD screen. I have found the best way to operate the aircraft is having one person flying and another person watching through the goggles and providing commentary. i have also spent a fair amount of time flying the aircraft through the goggles but when doing so always use someone in a co-pilot capacity (using a second controller) to take over control if something goes wrong (i.e. the video goes down or I am about to crash). In the kangaroo video I made it was all done with me flying the aircraft with the goggles on..

Regarding range – I could get about 2km’s with the current setup but there is commercially available equipment available that will give you out to 80km’s. In saying this I very rarely go out beyond 50m and prefer to find something worth videoing and simply flying around it. Besides the legalities, the risk is being out so far that the spotter (aka co-pilot) becomes useless and if you crash the platform would be difficult to find.

ThatUniStudent 8:58 am 30 Aug 11

I loved it, including the music!
I was wondering, can you view the video when you are flying the thing? I ask that, as it looks like you see things of interest and follow them. So I presume the camera transmits to a reciver which you can watch real time? That’s where the video recording would be done eh?
Also, what is the range on these things? I presume it would only be a couple of hundred metres between transmitter and the chopper?

s-s-a 11:52 pm 29 Aug 11

Wow that was awesome!! Well done on buzzing the horse riders without spooking the horses!

And FWIW I quite enjoyed the soundtrack 🙂

LSWCHP 9:43 pm 29 Aug 11

Deref said :

If you mute the horrible soundtrack it’s an awesome video.

Jeez, I’m no fan of electronic ambient style music, but I actually thought that was pretty good. It really seemed to add a serious tone to the beautiful imagery.

So props for the music from chez LSWCHP, and big props for the awesome footage and sweet tech.

AP_OZ 8:24 pm 29 Aug 11

Kim F – yes, it is Gibraltar Falls.

These aircraft can be set up for a reasonable price. To get something basic you would be up for no more than $500 to get everything you need. If you already have some RC gear you could do it for less than $300. like many other hobbies its the initial costs that hurt but once you’re rolling its not too bad.

If anyone wants more info please feel free to contact me via apaustralia1@gmail.com

poetix 8:01 pm 29 Aug 11

I wonder how much these cost? And where do you buy them? Thanks.

Henry82 7:46 pm 29 Aug 11

JessP said :

Great pictures but the whole hexacopter thing makes me nervous. Dangerous looking. Sorry.

wait what? It has plastic rotors, a bicycle, a vacuum, or even a pedestal fan is more dangerous

Disinformation 7:35 pm 29 Aug 11

JessP said :

Great pictures but the whole hexacopter thing makes me nervous. Dangerous looking. Sorry.

I’m almost lost for words. I’m betting you travel in a car, occasionally drink alcohol and maybe have smoked before.

Kim F 7:04 pm 29 Aug 11

Is that Gibraltar Falls in the video ?

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