I’m glad to report that my new 2 inch FPV quadcopter is now airborne. I had a successful maiden flight, line of sight in the backyard. I even did some trimming of the grass (video below).
I took the quad to a local park last night and flew about 10 packs around, over, and even under a few trees. That marked my first attempts at any kind of moves “under trees.” I did crash a couple of times, but one bent prop was all the damage.
I did find that the RunCam micro camera isn’t that great in dark conditions.
My last true build was back in 2015. After a long break from building, flying, and crashing, I’m back at it. I’m going down the FPV racing road and having a blast flying FPV. Having built a giant hexacopter in the past, I’m now building the exact opposite, a tiny tiny micro quadcopter with two inch props.
I found this iFlight iX2 frame on Amazon for $16.99. It’s a 100mm frame built for two inch props and a micro FPV camera.
I haven’t done much soldering over the last few years, so it was a little tough to start back up on this build. The electronics are all 20×20 mounts. They’re very, very small. So soldering wires to the pads on the flight controller was challenging.
I got the entire electronics stacked in the middle, but I’m probably going to need to rotate the FC 90 degrees to make it easier to access the USB port for configuration.
During assembly, when I’ve got the bird powered, the RunCam gets quite hot. Not sure that’s normal or not.
I’ve got the receiver bound to my transmitter and I can arm the props. I’m waiting on proper sized/powered batteries to fly it. I strapped a 3S 450 on it but it was waaaaay too big. I tried to liftoff with it but instead the props flew off and landed on my neighbor’s roof!
I hope to do a true maiden flight in the next couple of days. Stay tuned.
I’m now in the middle of testing the ImmersionRC rapidFIRE 5.8GHz google module.
This module is a diversity (two antenna) receiver for Fat Shark goggles, and other products which are designed to accommodate this particular module architecture.
The module intelligently “predicts” analog noise and rebuilds the signal to avoid breakups in video quality, rolling, dropped frames and so forth.
The rapidFire is controlled via a 5-position joystick. The stick allows the user to select features and change the configuration of the module, as well change channels.
I’ll be posting my full review in the coming weeks after I’ve had ample time to experience the module with varying setups and environments.