|Josh's Firefall in Yosemite|
What was new, however, is that he was thinking of taking an RC helicopter along in order to take some aerial photographs. He rented a helicopter in Iceland, with some pretty stunning results. But for an upcoming expedition to another remote location, he was quoted a cost of in the range of $100,000 per week. Nice work if you can get it!
Fortunately, he happened to mention this on his Facebook. I was really excited by this -- one of the things that got me started in RC last year was David Windestål's beautiful videos taken in Sweden. I wanted to do the same thing with some of the great scenery around the Bay Area. In addition, I've always been interested in flying and flight control, and I really wanted to learn more about how autonomous flight systems worked, and try building a system for myself.
So, I immediately sent Josh a note, and told him I would love to work with him on this project. He agreed, we worked out a plan, picked a name, and so here we are! I'll blog more details in upcoming posts, but for now I just want to announce the birth of the Arcticopter Project.