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2009/06/16 Taking Videos from RC planes at Rancho San Antonio
π 2009-06-16 00:00 in Rc
One of my coworkers had thrown around the idea of attaching an Android G1 phone to an RC plane and taking a movie and GPS track. I found the idea amuzing and knew my Multiplex Minimag had enough power despite its short size, for the added weight (in RC scale, the G1 is a heavy brick :) ).
I'll skip my first flight a few days earlier where I used packing tape to attach the phone, and packing tape didn't hold at all, with the end result of the phone falling off soon after takingoff and falling from 10-15ft up to the packed dirt. Micarulously, the phone actually survived.

Anyway, I came back a few days later with another phone (an already damaged one just in case), and got a reasonable GPS track and so so video (video from the top of the plane pointing down isn't actually so great).

very professional attachment
very professional attachment

looks pretty streamlined, except for adding a *lot* of weight :)
looks pretty streamlined, except for adding a *lot* of weight :)


seemed lke the natural place to put the GoPro camera, but it picked up the prop
seemed lke the natural place to put the GoPro camera, but it picked up the prop


this was actually a better place thanks to the extra clearance I got from the big wheels
this was actually a better place thanks to the extra clearance I got from the big wheels

First two flights recorded from the Android G1:

gps track of flight #1 and gps track of flight #2



Flights recorded from the GoPro camera, pointing forward (above and under the nose):

(Yes, the lines on the first video are due to partial every X line recording from the camera capturing pieces of the prop, doesn't look so good...)

Flights recorded from the GoPro camera, pointing down and back:

The camera pointing forward and down actually doesn't look that good, I angled it too much. The camera pointing back gives a nicer few, all the way up to where I crashed when the battery crapped out and the plane went out of view (below the ridgeline), so I wasn't able to glide it to a safe landing :(


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