Sharp-eyed dog walkers along the San Francisco Bay waterfront may have spotted a strange-looking plane zipping overhead recently that that looked strikingly like the U.S. stealth drone captured by Iran in December.
A few key differences: The flying wing seen over Berkeley is a fraction of the size of the CIA’s waylaid aircraft. And it’s made of plastic foam. But in some ways it’s just like a real spy plane.
Mark Harrison and Andreas Oesterer in their spare time, can fly itself to specified GPS coordinates and altitudes without any help from a pilot on the ground. A tiny video camera mounted on the front can send a live video feed to a set of goggles for the drone’s view of the world below.
[...]If you've come here by way of that article, welcome! Check out our youtube channels if you want to see some videos of the work we've been doing:
And here's some links to past posting that might be of general interest to people curious about homemade drones:
- Drone Downed in Stormy Sea, Rescued by Daredevil Sailor!
- ArudpilotMega2 + Arcticopter III maiden
- Ritewing Zephyr II + Ardupilot Maiden
And some representative build details. If you're interested in more details, there's plenty on the site or feel free to drop me a line.
- Turnigy Micro-Quad build, part 2 -- in progress, so I'll have a nice indoor drone.
- DIY FPV Goggles Update -- my ongoing quest to do things on the cheap!
- My Farm Fresh Quad Helmet -- a cheap idea that's worked quite well
The quad is a RadicalRC Stinger, with an ArduPilot Mega 2 control board. Lots of details here.