Hiking and Flying – Quadcopter V1

I did my first mountain hike with the Quadcopter V1, it was in the Maritime Alps (in southeastern France). I flew over lakes, did some panorama, the landscape was really nice!

The image is not perfectly stable because of the wind. Sometimes, we can notice a slight Jello effect, it could have been avoided using an ND (Neutral Density) filter to slow down the GoPro shutter speed (which was high because of the bright daylight). I was still using the 2 axis gimbal, the image would have been more stable with the 3 axis gimbal.

Flight setup:

  • Frame: Self-designed, made out of plywood
  • Arms: Square carbon booms (10x10x325 mm)
  • Flight Controller: APM 2.5 (RCTimer)
  • GPS: u-Blox CN06 Plus (RCTimer)
  • Motors: T-Motor MT2216-12 V2 800KV
  • ESC: Favourite Littlebee 30A (BLHeli)
  • Props: Graupner E-Prop 9×5
  • Battery: Zippy 4S 5000mAh 20C
  • RC/TX: Graupner MX-16 HoTT / GR-16
  • Video TX: ImmersionRC 5.8Ghz
  • FPV Goggles: Fatshark Attitude V2
  • Camera: GoPro 3 Black
  • Gimbal: Walkera G-2D
  • All up weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Flight time: ~ 15 minutes

The Quadcopter V1 equipped with the 2 axis gimbal. After a difficult landing during the hike, the landing gear had been fixed with some tape!


The quadcopter flying.


The quadcopter folded up. It fits nicely on my hiking backpack.

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