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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Paparazzi story: when everything goes bad...

From: Reto Büttner
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Paparazzi story: when everything goes bad...
Date: Tue, 18 Sep 2012 07:56:10 +0200

Hi Mitchell

Congratulations to your successful disaster procedures!

Can you post a picture of your "fast fixedwing UAV" on the wiki:


2012/9/18 Mitchell SLOWER <address@hidden>:
> Dear all,
> I would like to share a Paparazzi story that happened last sunday:
> Right after a bungee start of a fast paparazzi fixedwing UAV, starting in
> manual mode, I just lost the R/C link. Plane banked dangerously hard on the
> right, then recovered and engaged in failsafe AUTO2 (standby).
> To be honest it did take a few very long seconds to understand that I had no
> control at all on the UAV. Not an usual situation !
> The plane was flying fast circles over the place, just above really high
> trees - I live in mountains, in a rather steep environment.
> I switched off the R/C and went to the laptop running the GCS.
> Laptop was outdoors, weather was great, really hot. Probably too hot as the
> laptop just shut down when I approached it  !
> Plane was still flying fast circles, R/C was not working anymore, and laptop
> just died. Wow, what a great situation.
> I brought the laptop inside, let it cool down, and after a few tries I
> managed to boot it again. Went outdoors, connected to the UAV, set the
> AF/TD, and thought twice before hitting the LAND button.
> Plane circled down, approached, and landed successfuly in a very steep
> place, 10m from the TD point :)
> Wow, thumbs up to Paparazzi !!
> Mitchell
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