Scout Hexa – Autonomy Tests

I have been working on a hexacopter version of Scout.   This version is ideally suited for mounting a larger camera than a GoPro or Contour camera.   The max camera weight for a hexacopter is around 400 grams.   Scout Hexa is equipped with a ArduPilot Mega and a camera gimbal with tilt stabilization.  The ArduPilot Mega is equipped with sonar, a magnetometer, and GPS.   These sensor enables Scout to have autonomous capabilities like GPS position hold, terrain following and return to home. Read More…

The First Scout, Scout 1.0

This the first iteration of Scout, “Scout 1.0”. The first Scout was built out of LEGO Technic building blocks. It is a tilt-rotor vehicle with twin electric ducted fans for propulsion. It’s controlled via a standard hobby remote control. It is equipped with a wireless camera that transmitted Scout’s view back to the user.  Scout was intended to fly, but due to it’s weight and inherit instability the robot would just topple over when it got any lift off the ground. Read More…

Scout 2.0’s View

This video is the first flight with an onboard camera.   At the time I was still testing Scout’s flying behavior with the added weight of the camera.   The extra weight of the camera decreases Scout’s agility.  The onboard camera was a ContourGPS.

Scout 2’s View – First on-board Flight from Russell de la Torre on Vimeo.

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Scout’s First Outdoor Flight

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