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Anton Voltchok
Software Engineer & Design Lead at Collaborizm
 · New YorkU.S.
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Like this post if you want to see it become a tutorial project: Building Cheap FPV Quadcopter

Based on some some toys quadcopters I’ve been deconstructing and putting back together with aftermarket drone parts. Here’s a Syma X5C I’ve had laying around, converted it to FPV but was only able to get it 4-5 feet off the ground (was getting the feeling the motors were going to burn out ASAP, so it’s grounded for now).

Issue is not enough thrust for the big antenna, camera, receiver, and 4 batteries on it right now (1 to fly, and 3 LiPos to get transmitter and camera 7 volts) , even with upgraded motors I installed.

So thinking about reworking everything to a lighter setup, making a cheap home made 5.8Ghz light weight FPV setup, switching to cheaper smaller receiver which would function off 2 lipos, so something that I could chain 2 tiny 150 mAh lipos together and get enough for 10 minutes of transmission, also making my own micro circular polarized antenna for the transmitter.

Won’t be getting the 700+ meters in video transmission I’m getting now, but don’t see a way around it, switching to brushed motors for the current setup would be way too cost prohibitive. (Brushed motors = new flight control board, new Electronic Speed Controllers, new 2 cell minimum battery , all equals $$$$$$, so would break the entire cheap build concept)

(shoutout to Stan Levandovsky , thanks to who, I’m now addicted to building quadcopters and drone racing)

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Steven Reubenstone
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 · New YorkU.S.
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What is fpv?

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Anton Voltchok
Software Engineer & Design Lead at Collaborizm
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If you look at the image I attached, you’ll see a headset, I’m sure you’ve heard of the Occulus Virtual Reality headset, so this is the same thing but for flying drones, FPV = first person view, even with the very cheap setup I have there, once you put it on, it truly feels like you are in the cockpit inside the drone you are flying (the expensive fpv headsets usually have great lenses for each eye and higher resolutions) , FPV requires a super low latency type camera, transmitter, receiver, and some type of display, you can project it onto a tablet even, while that’s still considered FPV it def doesn’t feel as immersive as putting the headset on.

Additionally you can hack these headsets and attach sensors to turn your head and have the camera turn on the drone while flying to get a virtual/augmented reality experience.

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