Ok before I show you this, I need to know if we are on the same side. If we are not on the same side, then don't look.
Because this, is too cool for school baby.
ArduCopter is an easy to set up and easy to fly platform for multirotors and helicopters that goes way beyond the basic RC multicopters on the market
today. The project is based on the ArduPilot Mega autopilot created by the DIY Drones community.
* Best-of-class RC flight mode, including autolevel and auto altitude control. Includes an awesome "simple flight" mode, which makes ArduCopter
one of the easiest multicopter to fly. Don't worry about keeping an eye on your multicopter's orientation--let the computer figure it out! You just
push the stick the way you want to go, and the autopilot figures out what that means for whatever orientation the copter is in, using its onboard
magnetometer. "Front", "back"...who cares? Just fly!
* "Loiter" anywhere. Just hit the toggle switch and your copter will hold its position using its GPS and altitude sensors.
* Return to launch. Set home to any location and flip a switch to have ArduCopter fly back automatically.
* Do all mission planning via a two-way wireless connection. Waypoints, mode changing, even changing the gains of every control parameter can be
done from your laptop, even while the copter is in the air!
Basically, it can fly by GPS.
Or it can fly by radio telemetry.
What that means is you can just tell it what to do with your laptop and it will go do it. That includes going out and testing for gases, radiation,
fire, smoke, temperature etc. Movement, heat signature, whatever you want providing you add the proper sensor.
As is, it will house a camera, that can send back real time data or log data on a chip. Like a 32 GB card.
It only has a payload of half a kilo, which makes it not the most capable of drones, but it has superior electronics and software already developed
beyond what one person might do by themselves. It was developed by a hobby community.
You can get an 8 bladed octo copter, with a payload of 1 kilo. But it is more expensive.
Now the thing about this is you can build it from a kit if you are handy, or you can buy it assembled and flight tested.
If you go out into a danger zone where people have guns, you might get killed. So maybe the price of about 900 bucks for the deluxe assembled product
is worth it if it saves your life.
If you want to make your own quadcopter and increase its payload etc, then you can get just the electronics, for about 600 with the capability to take
off and land by itself, as well as just go where you tell it, and do what you tell it to do, then come home.
These are legal to fly in the US, up to 400 feet, as long as they are not flown in a restricted airspace, like a flight path near an airport or
Check it out here
It is made using the popular Arduino board and uses open source software.
With these boards if you are handy, you could buy the electronics, the autopilot, and install a 4.5 in tablet pc with Android such as
and increase its capabilities even further by using the Android development kit.
An army of trained robotic assassins, moving in formation, entering buildings, not unlike the Borg, could be yours to command, if you are handy with a
few tools and have a small military budget of your own.
edit on 6-11-2011 by Rocketman7 because: (no reason given)