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Now: "As seen on TV!"

The project was featured today on BBC Midlands Today!!!

If you missed it, the clip can be viewed on their facebook page: Click here to view the video

Thu 27 Sep 2012, 20:09 | Tags: BBC, Midlands Today, Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, progress, video, hovering

Progress on Autonomy

In this video one of my friends with no RC experience is in full control of the Hexakopter UAV with only about 10 minutes training.
Even though he is controlling it, the Hexakopter is flying itself maintaining any height and position commands given to it. Making it very easy to fly.

Download the video: Full HD (1080p AVCHD) or Standard Definition (WMV).

Thu 15 Dec 2011, 11:08 | Tags: Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, progress, video, hovering, autonomy


This is the poster that I made for the WMG annual conference:

Poster Thumbnail

Click here to download the PDF

Mon 01 Aug 2011, 14:15 | Tags: Mikrokopter, HexaKopter, progress, lidar, hovering, mapping, slam, poster

Not only can it hover... it moves!

The UAV is no longer stuck in the hover!
The video below shows the hexakopter taking-off moving 1 metre forwards and then moving back to the starting point and landing. The two yellow markers are 1m apart.

Download the video: Full HD (1080p MP4) or Standard definition (WMV)

I will hopefully be able to get a video of it flying a square pattern and not just forwards and backwards shortly.

Thu 06 Jan 2011, 17:25 | Tags: Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, progress, video, hovering

3D Mapping Video

This is a video I made last week demonstrating the current mapping capabilities of the hexacopter.

To download the higher quality video click here (WMV format)

Mon 22 Nov 2010, 11:28 | Tags: Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, progress, testing, computer, lidar, video, mapping, slam

Fully Autonomous Flight!!!

Yesterday the helicopter had its first fully autonomous flight!
At the moment it will (without me touching the controls) take off, climb to a set height and then hover on the spot before landing safely.
The only input required from me is to switch the motors on, a command I am a little hesitant to give the robot at the moment...

I took a video of it this afternoon for you all to see:

To download the higher quality video click here (WMV format)

Will upload a few more videos when I have figured out how to make it move around!

Thu 04 Nov 2010, 18:52 | Tags: Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, progress, video, hovering

Project Update

I will be updating the website shortly to reflect the progress that has been made in the last few months.

In short, the helicopter can now automatically maintain a set height above the ground using the onboard ultrasound sensor. A video showing one of the early tests can be viewed here

Currently, I am investigating how to use the  onboard laser scanner to enable the robot to accuratly maintain the helicopters position as well. More information about this will be available soon.


Thu 22 Jul 2010, 10:11 | Tags: Mikrokopter, Helicopter, HexaKopter, progress, testing

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