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Using the Phantom to drop stuff off? Any ideas?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by drakeskakes, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. drakeskakes

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    Hey guys, I just ordered a pv2+ mainly for fishing offshore. I would like to use it to spot floating kelp and structure that fish will congregate underneath.

    I would like to come up with a way to enable the p2v+ to carry a small, infalted balloon with a little weight or something, mainly so when I spot a kelp with the drone, I can fly over, deploy the balloon as a marker and fly the drone back. Any ideas? I need it to be light weight obviously, have a range that can be controlled from about 1000ft ect.
     
  2. 2trickpony

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    I'm sure this could be accomplished with some kind of servo/solenoid but the problem is there are no spare channels on the stock DJI controller to operate it.
     
  3. davemcm

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    What about the gimbal tilt channel? Does that not exist on the visions?
     
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    I think it does but I have read somewhere that this is a linear channel?
     
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    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9kt-3rcwcc[/youtube]
     
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  7. davemcm

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    Not sure what that means, not really had any experience with servos except before I got a gimbal I hooked a 180 degree servo up to that channel and it could move a rod from facing straight up to facing straight down, could have used that to release a payload of some sort. Open a latch on a basket or something?
     
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    Would be neat to take one of those parachute guys up and release him or even a glider of some sort.... :D
     
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    I've been looking at that one for my 550 as well...has it worked well for you?
     
  11. SanCap

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    It works sweet! One is connected to a spare channel and the 2nd one is connected to the first one. You can select a few options with a short delay to release both with a short interval or release one then release the second one when ever you want.

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    Terrific, thank you! Is it always necessary to use the little matching release plate (with the holes like a bomb rack), or can anything of the right size be hooked up in the latch?

    I like your setup on your 550...definitely looks ready for all-terrain duty :cool:
     
  13. SanCap

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    I do not use the matching release plate. I use a bread/trash bag twist tie and make a little loop that goes thru the pin on the release mechanism. Then attach the twist tie to what ever you want to release. A paper clip would work also. Water balloons, eggs, nasty tomatoes, the possibilities are endless, Of course nothing illegal!