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"Dirty Bird Over Baltimore"

Discussion in 'Photos and Video' started by Dirty Bird, Jul 8, 2016.

  1. Dirty Bird

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    Normally a Phantom is busy capturing video & still footage, but here the Phantom 4 "Dirty Bird" is recorded on the first leg of the epic "The Baltimore Run v2.1" Litchi mission. This unique recording of a Phantom in flight was captured by a fellow P4 pilot flying chase on a modified version of the same mission. When this video ends the chase bird had overtaken & passed "Dirty Bird" so this will be continued with some tweaking of the chase mission until the entire "Baltimore Run v2.1" flight is captured.

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  2. With The Birds

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    Very VERY Cool! Look forward to the next take.
     
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  3. JWarren

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    That was very neat. Haw far did you go? 20,000ft? Were you in Sport Mode?
     
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    That is so cool.
     
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    It is my "Baltimore Run v2.1" programmed Litchi mission. This is an autonomous waypoints flight. The chase bird (another P4) was flying the same autonomous mission slightly modified to keep the lead bird in view. About 2.25 miles out at the turnaround. The chase bird wound up passing the lead bird so I have to tweak its mission a bit to get the timing right. Just needs about 2-3 seconds delay to get it right so "Dirty Bird's" entire mission is captured.

     
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    "The Baltimore Run v2.1" - Daylight Version



    Here's the Night Edition...

     
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    Too much! That deserves a tip of the ol' ten gallon Texas hat. Thanks!
     
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  8. SteveN76

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    That's awesome. That takes some balls to do that. Surprised the drone police aren't chiming in.


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    Hopefully the read the disclaimer... ;)

     
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    D bird I can only imagine the scouting and preperations that go into planning and executing these missions.

    Quick question please- do you manually fly particular components to get a better sense of clearances and positional accuracy of things, altitude and whether the map representation is correct?
     
  11. SteveN76

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    I would to see the flight plan on a map. Any screen shots?


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  13. Dirty Bird

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    I'm downtown often so I visually scan for obstructions, obstacles you might miss in FPV, etc. I've flown manually to record altitudes registered by the Phantom but that only helps if you do it from the launch spot so for building heights I rely on available altitude data or Google. The maps have proven incredibly accurate but what I did at first was fly high with the camera pointed straight down to test. The first time I spiraled the World Trade Center (Baltimore's) I was maybe 8' from the building. It was like "Wow!" But it was too close to get the effect I wanted. It's a combination of research, recon, & testing.

     
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    Very helpful. Thank you.
     
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    Wow. Amazing control and cinematography. I wonder. Have you gone to some legths to anonymize yourself and your aircraft? I assume you have not affixed any registration to the hull. I wonder if you've wiped it down and activated it to a false owner/address with DJI, etc.

    I did pirate radio and other things when I was younger and half the fun was in evading detection and apprehension. I imagine no less on these pirate raids.

    I think it would be interesting if this flight plan was on flight hub. ;)