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Concept Design for a Long Endurance Hexa

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gerard Toonstra Mar 11, 2014. 20 Replies

The following is a concept design for a long endurance- low cost alternative to the Ecosynth octo design.  The design is based off of Steve Westerfeld's (of DIYDrones) high performance hexacopter.…Continue

Copters vs Planes for 3D Aerial Mapping

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen Gienow Dec 2, 2013. 5 Replies

        The Aeromapper UAV     …Continue

Aerial Mapping Planes Comparison

Started this discussion. Last reply by Helene C. Muller-Landau Apr 29, 2013. 16 Replies

.PlaneEasystarHobbyking BixlerFPV Raptor 2-MeterAeromapper.…Continue

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Potomac Photonics 3D Prints UMBC Campus Scan

While looking into starting our own 3D scanning service, Lindsay and I were introduced to Potomac Photonics; they printed our campus scan as a proof of concept for micro printing 3D scans.  Read the whole story at Potomac Photonics'…See More
Jul 1, 2014
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A few animations of the full campus scan

I recently figured out how to animate models I've exported from Photoscan, so have a few animations I've made of the campus scan.At Jonathan's request: sun paths.The summer solstice.The winter solstice.See More
May 17, 2014
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Flight Training with Eric from Princeton

Another training complete!  Eric Principato came down this weekend for flight training.  We covered everything from mission planning to copter repair to Photoscan.  Eric is starting a position analogous to mine, as the lab mechanical engineer for Dr. Lyndon Estes.  Eric picked up piloting quickly, and I'm happy to say…See More
Apr 27, 2014
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Full Campus Scan With Octo

Warning: Lots of hi res images!This is my Ecosynth scan of the UMBC campus (view in interactive 3D!).  I've been thinking about doing a large combined scan like this one for a while, and this past autumn we finally had the free resources…See More
Feb 4, 2014
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Online Ecosynth Articles Circumnavigate the Internet

So I was reading over the DIYdrones posts (as I usually do), and I came across an interesting article.  Particularly: the article was about us!  Chris Anderson, the former editor-in-chief…See More
Nov 5, 2013
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Ecosynth Hexa User Manual: A Work In Progress (Now Public)

So here's a side project I've been working on since this past summer.  The Ecosynth Hexa Manual is now getting started, and it is publicly view-able on Google Docs.  here are only a few sections as of now,…See More
Oct 31, 2013
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A Good Field Day: Eight Full Flights!

June 2nd, 2013 was a good field day for photo collection!  I flew eight flights with Crimson, the Arducopter hexa with Mikrokopter motors and frame.  Five flights were for the "matrix", this summer's big project of comparing the effect of different flight conditions on 3D scan quality.  This condition was diffuse lighting, high…See More
Jul 3, 2013
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Automatic Takeoff and Landing Are A Go!

The video says it all!  Due to the new Arducopter 3.0.0 software update, our hexa now flies well enough to implement auto takeoff plus landing.  In this video, the entire flight is automatic except when I started and stopped the copter.  In takeoff areas free of obstacles like trees, the copter can be automatically taken off and landed. This saves time and battery during photo collection missions.See More
Jun 19, 2013
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Groundbreaking New 500 by 500 Meter Photo Collection

This is a screenshot from Ecosynth's brand new 500 by 500 meter photo acquisition method!This is Wolfgang: our newest octocopter.  It flew the 500 by 500…See More
Jun 5, 2013
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Arducopter is Awesome

It finally happened!  I can now confidently say that the Arducopter system is performing at a level above that of the Mikrokopter system.  Here are a few reasons:1. Everything except takeoff and landing is automatic.  If you can hover your copter 10m from the ground, then all you need to do is flip a switch and the…See More
Dec 2, 2012
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"Hi Stephen - check out the forum on GPS- are we using the best one now? If not- could you order some?"
Oct 6, 2012
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Fall Training: Baby Steps for New Pilots

Does that copter look a little low to the ground?  That's because it is!  Will and I are taking the first steps in learning to pilot the Mikrokopter Hexa.  Will had displayed a sound understanding of our toy training copters in the lab, so I decided to start…See More
Oct 1, 2012

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Potomac Photonics 3D Prints UMBC Campus Scan

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 8:18pm 0 Comments

While looking into starting our own 3D scanning service, Lindsay and I were introduced to Potomac Photonics; they printed our campus scan as a proof of concept for micro printing 3D scans.  Read the whole story at Potomac…

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A few animations of the full campus scan

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 1:00pm 2 Comments

I recently figured out how to animate models I've exported from Photoscan, so have a few animations I've made of the campus scan.

At Jonathan's request: sun paths.

The summer solstice.…

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Flight Training with Eric from Princeton

Posted on April 27, 2014 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Another training complete!  Eric Principato came down this weekend for flight training.  We covered everything from mission planning to copter repair to Photoscan.  Eric is starting a position analogous to mine, as the lab mechanical engineer for Dr. Lyndon Estes.  Eric picked up piloting…

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Full Campus Scan With Octo

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 8:00am 12 Comments

Warning: Lots of hi res images!

This is my Ecosynth scan of the UMBC campus (view in interactive 3D!).  I've been thinking about doing a large combined scan like this one for a while, and this…

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At 12:24pm on October 6, 2012, Erle Ellis said…
Hi Stephen - check out the forum on GPS- are we using the best one now? If not- could you order some?

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