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Taking Stephen's concept hexa into full autopilot mode

After dealing with the motor issues (0.5-1 degree off alignment on 3 motors), the hexa is now performing really well.

Here you can first see a little stabilize test. Excellent performance, quick compensation. There was 'some' wind here, about 2-3Bft. 

Then the first fully autopilot flight @ 60m high. Amazingly, the hexa just goes straight up as if there's no wind…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on September 27, 2013 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Long Endurance Hexa - Part #1

About a month ago I decided to invest into a hexa for the purposes of aerial and ecological mapping. Over two weeks ago I ordered a range of parts online, in total 5 different shipments. The beginning of this week the frame arrived from The rest should follow shortly or next week.

This build is based on the description of the concept design from Stephen…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on August 14, 2013 at 12:31pm — 2 Comments

Hello from Brazil

Erle just let me join, so I'm introducing myself.

I run a small services company in Recife, Brazil where I use drones as a means to collect data from the air and I just got started this year, after three years in a research lab in Holland where I used and built the technology on a frequent basis.

My interest is in any civil/public use for this technology in the…


Added by Gerard Toonstra on July 24, 2013 at 11:30am — 2 Comments


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