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Saturday, August 23, 2008

First Flying Monkey HD Test!

This morning Eric and I got our first 'almost' fully functional test of the TRex-600 Flying Monkey using the HeliCam HD video platform - it worked pretty much flawlessly! With myself on the Heli controls and Eric looking through the downlink video goggles and controlling the camera gimbal we were able to get up in the air for 5 minutes and take some video of the Subie. I still have some lipo battery issues to work out and get the flight times up but for the most part this system is operational!

Tonight I added a mini-DVR to the Cameraman's pack that will pass the video through to the goggles from the Heli and record the downlink video to an SD card. This will give a second source of video in addition to the Panasonic HD video being captured from the Heli platform. Another thing that this does is I want to use the cameraman's pack with the Wicked Witches so that I can be untethered from the car power and walk freely while doing FPV flight. FPV is First Person View which means flying the WW as if you were in the cockpit after launching in RC mode.

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