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It's all coming together...

The mounting brackets that were designed last week have now been manufactured.

The bracket that holds the LiDAR to the top of the helicopter is pictured below, it was laser cut out of 0.7mm stainless steel.
CAD Drawing of LiDAR bracket
Lidar Mounting Bracket

The second bracket bolts on to the underneath of the helicopter and holds the battery, computer and power distribution board. Also made of 0.7mm stainless
CAD Drawing of Battery/Computer Mount Computer / Battery Mount

Here is a photo of the computer stack without wiring. The brown board closest to the camera still has a few components that needs attaching. These components will allow the computer to control the heli.
Computer Stack

 Both the LiDAR and the computer stack attached on the helicopter, still no wires (that is a job for next week).
Everything Attached

You can see all the photos here:

Sat 08 May 2010, 12:16 | Tags: Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, assembly, progress, payload, computer, lidar

HexaKopter Happily Lifts 1kg

Yesterday, some quick payload tests were carried out to see whether the helicopter could comfortably lift the planned sensor array (estimated to weigh around 700g).

Unfortunately the only thing we had in the office that we could easy to strap to the helicopter and weighed around a kilo was a carton of juice... Very scientific. 

The helicopter remained very controllable, stable and only needed about 60% throttle in the hover (so has some spare power left).

Hovering with juice

Hovering with juice2

Thu 29 Apr 2010, 10:52 | Tags: Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, progress, payload, testing

The Helicopter Flies!

The HexaKopter finally arrived last week.

It came as a kit with "some assembly" required and just over two days of work later it was assembled and ready to fly!
Some pictures of the build can be seen here.

The MikroKopter flies very well, the vibration is surprisingly low, it is very fast and agile (although something that I don't really want in this project) and is very very stable platform. Much better than I expected.


I am now investigating how to mount the sensors and onboard computer so I can start to collect data and try to automate it.

Wed 28 Apr 2010, 10:55 | Tags: Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, assembly, progress

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