Next months budget (allowance from my wife) becomes available on the first.
This month I will be buying a UAV airframe to fly with my new ATTO and to play with some of the ideas I have had for years.
Hopefully you guys may have some ideas for me.
I want to experiment with some digital sensor & communications packages and some long range survailance out in the desert.
People trying to cross our desert from mexico has become an epidemoic, a deadly one at that, according to the Tucson Daily Star newspaper... "AZ border saw record 252 deaths in fiscal '10"
Maybe flying around the desert with a camera might serve a better purpose than just being an expensive hobby for me.
I think my first project might be a airborne web server, with multiple cameras.
What I am looking for is something with a 60" + wing span, low or mid wing, something capable of carrying enough batteries to give me an extended flight time of 2 hr +. I would prefer something with a proven history with the ATTO.
Needs to have gear capable of doing desert strip landings and take offs (I can't do hand launch), I want something thats got some punch and can deal with the winds. Speed other than the wind factor is not that big of a deal.
I want some thing with the ability to handle a payload of 2 Kg or so after batteries and a payload area of at least 4x4x2.
I have done several portable digital video broadcast projects on a PC-104 platform and I think they would adapt nicely to a UAV environment.
I was thinking of one of those big 6ft Telemasters but I cant see that dealing with the winds the way I would like it to.
I would like to keep the whole platform (Engine, servos, batteries, etc) cost below a $1,000 (My monthly budget).
I am considering finding a builder here in town so I don't necessarily have to have a ARF or RTF.
I have been looking at some flying wing platforms but I am not that good of a pilot and should get something that I as well as the ATTO can fly.
I like the look of Chris Mcnair's Devil ray but think it might be out of my budget and skill level. http://attopilot.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-devil-ray
Any body have any ideas?