Nice setup. What kind of blades were you spinning, and was that a gasser or a nitro? I used to have a 800mm gasser made by Century helicopters (the one in my thumbnail), and that thing was big, yours look like 2x bigger!
"I would be interested in knowing how far you can still transmit when there is a forest or a hill between you and your UAV."
I was told by someone who knows radio stuff better than I do, that trying to transmit a signal behind a hill or a big obstacle, basically violates the Fresnel zone. Specially on the high frequency used here 2.4GHz. The lower the frequency the better penetration the signal has through objects, but that means that if a manufacturer uses anything less than 2.4GHz they may have to clarify that users will have to get a ham or radio license, so that's probably why most HD downlinks only use 2.4GHz for simplicity sake. Since there's no need for a ham license on this frequency.
I would say you could probably upgrade the antennas to high dBI ones and expand your range considerably. Using maybe a yaggi antenna or a patch. Readymaderc and others sell high gain antennas that should with range and RF noise with these devices.
The price is good.
Thanks for the article Joe
Interesting tech. It seems it uses waypoints in a more simplified way by drawing splines on the tablet. Would be great for beginners flying small machines, but for heavy lifter copters flying ARRIs or Red's you may want to have some form of manual control.
I'm in the drone, gimbal business and still can't afford one. The Freefly guys probably do though. :D
Excited about this. We will be offering UAS drones geared towards this camera. Miniaturization is the future.
Our Gryphon Dynamics copters should do the job to lift one of these cams: http://www.providentialsystems.com/shop/octocopters/octocopter-gryphon-d... but we are looking at offering some UAVs that shouldn't break the bank!
Finally some competition (size wise) to the RED camera offerings!
The coming regulations are much better than originally thought indeed. We may still have to wait around a year to be able to apply as they get this through the comments and approval, but I can see the market already preparing for this.