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RC Tricopters and FSAE

I got it in my head that building a Tricopter would be awesome. I was right.

I built this thing out of 3mm plywood and some 12mm pine I had lying around, it's held together mostly with foam tape and zipties, and it is all kinds of awesome.

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I'm using a KK2.0 flight controller, cheap turnigy motors and Rx, Turnigy Plush ESCs. It's 600mm (23 inch) motor to motor, and weighs 1180g (2.6 lbs) fully laden with a gopro and video transmitter.

Below is a pic of it before its maiden flight, and before some modifications made as a result of crashing.

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I just got a set of FatShark video goggles for it, you can see the tiny camera hanging underneath, which transmits live video for FPV flying. It's awesome.

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My FSAE team recently did some testing at an airstrip on the University's farm, I took some aerial footage with the copter and a scratched up old GoPro. This was before I had the video goggles, so it was all flown line of sight.

I hope that video works, the music may stop it playing in some countries...

I aim to get some footage at the FSAE-Australia comp, hopefully the safety guys don't kick me out...

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