Let's Make Robots!

Hexacopter - OK, it's mostly a kit

Flies - autonomously, or remote

OK, there are so many reasons for me not submitting this as "a robot", let's do them first:

* It's 95% a kit

* I am only showing a video- no good info, no pictures

* It's flying

* This is just a re-post of one of the TLIHR videos we do together with Make Magazine

But the reasons for posting this are:

* I'd like to be able to talk with my friends on LMR about this - not just on YouTube :)

* I think a flying robot is as good as any driving - and personally I'd love to see more flying robots here on LMR, so I figured I'd kick some in that direction by posting this.

The Hexa shown is from a Hexa XL kit from Mikrokopter.

Gareth showed me a video of it here on LMR, and I just had to get one.

How is it then, IRL? To put it short; I do really not like the way it is sold / supported by them. I have never seen a product this expensive, with such a completely unbelievable crap documentation.

It looks as it is nicely documented - but once you start reading in, you soon realize that it is one huge, massive mess of wrong information, broken links, outdated stuff, texts pointing to other texts that are related to older versions of everything. Loads of info you do not need (older models, other parts), and it is really, really hard to find the simple, important stuff.

And most of it is in really poor English, hard to understand, and with German texts and Google translations mixed in - right where you needed to find the info.It took me a full week to assemble - it would have taken me 2 days.. if I had the info I needed.

The price of the product really, really, really do not match the feeling you get. And it is really, really irritating, because I want to play around with it - learn and read, have fun, repair, upgrade.. but when ever I have to find any info, I get angry and irritated, and have a fight for hours, days.. and that just brings the whole experience down to something I'd wish I had not invested in.

HOWEVER - the general concept of multicopters is really worth digging into - so just avoid Mikrokopters line of products, and check out some of the cool stuff out there - Especially I am interested in the Tricopters.. and you can build them yourself, just like you can build a driving, walking, sailing robot.

I hope to see some homemade stuff - I know some of you are working on it, and if I find the time, I will as well :) It really is fantastic to build something that flies - specially when it does so because of a microcontroller calculating stuff :)

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i wish i had a place to fly like that near me.

- (double post)

Me too - the vacation was my first chance to actually do some all-day flying fun! (My family wondered why I did not mind staying at that "boring" place for so long :D)

Awsome frits ! One of my goals is to find enough $$$ and time to make a project like this :P

Heya Fritz, If those are lipos that you are running(I'm assuming they are),make sure you don't completely discharge those batteries and actually take a look at some battery conditioning hw. They will last a lot longer if take care of them. I know a friend of mine keeps a log of every time he runs his batteries and keeps records of the voltages on the multi-cell sets. Just mentioning this as those things can get expensive...

Wohoo, Finally ! :) Congrats Frits, im pretty sure you are having loads of fun ! what settings are you flying on ?

A neat trick i do and makes people go crazy is putting the hexa on gps and altitude hold, then laying down the TX on the floor and go play with it in the air :P

"What settings"? Huh - that is a tough one, there are a ton of parameters.. And I am tuning to what hardware I am flying at any moment; I have several cameras, gimbals, landing gears etc that I play around with - and weather conditions vary, and how I want to fly varies as well.. GPS, manual, focus on POI, speed and all. I can send you my different settings files, but I doubt that they will be any good :)

 

We should start a collaborative effort to design some flying machines like these, like MAAHR

That is really neat. I wish I could afford one.

I got this Black Stealth R/C Helicopter free from ThinkGeek. I thought about trying to make it autonomous, but I'm sure I would need really small parts. I think it would be possible to do, but out of my experience level.


Hi Frits, this is a realy great multicopter. Impressive how stable they are. What is the range of control,how far they can be from the transmitter?  Video view is excellent to me.

If you don't recommand the Mikrokopters line,what would you suggest then?  Thanks for sharing and add more photos and videos on how they are built and so on please. ;)