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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Problems getting an overview of Paparazzi

From: David Conger
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Problems getting an overview of Paparazzi
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 13:29:04 -0800


Please email ppzuav at gmail dot com with the details of your project. They 
select teams like yours several times a year to support with donations. If you 
do not mind putting a sponsor logo on the plane they can donate an autopilot 
and cables to get you flying. 

It is their way of giving back to the community by helping new student projects 
to get flying who would otherwise not be able to so. 

As mentioned it is a challenge already just taking assembled parts and doing 
the integration. The good news is the comfort you can take that everyone who 
starts Paparazzi eventually flies successfully if they persist and ask for help 
when they need it. 

Best regards,
David Conger

On Nov 16, 2010, at 9:08 AM, Christian Merfels wrote:

> Hi Gareth,
> you are probably right. I will discuss this option tomorrow in detail
> with the others.
> We got a stadium here at the university, which should serve nicely as
> place to fly. Getting a pilot is something we are currently working on,
> but I'm sure we'll find someone.
> Thanks for your help,
> Christian
>> Hi Christian,
>> I personally would recommend purchasing a pre-made set of everything if
>> your tutor will allow it.  Getting everything integrated and working
>> will be challenge enough if you've never worked with UAV's before.
>> It's good you've got this far.  It sounds like the previous group did
>> the typical undergrad thing of "autopilots are easy, we'll write our
>> own".  7 months later, with nothing but a poorly written NMEA parser and
>> a servo that wiggles, autopilots suddenly don't seem so easy.
>> The tx/rx pair you have will possibly work.  The PIC is worth pence (or
>> cents, in your case).  The gyro is nice, and a later project could
>> integrate it into paparazzi - but for now, just worry about getting the
>> thing flying.
>> You also need to organize somewhere to fly, and someone to fly it.
>> --G
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