Quadcopter V1 Speed Test (reaching 78 km/h)

I did a speed test with my Quadcopter V1. I was able to reach 78 km/h! It gives a good information about the headwind speed the quadcopter can handle.

There was no wind that day. At the maximum speed, we can see that the image is shaky. I think that it’s caused by the wind force applied on the GoPro which makes the gimbal dampers vibrate.

Flight setup:

  • Frame: Self-designed
  • 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
  • Camera: GoPro 3 Black
  • Gimbal: DYS Smart3
  • All up weight: 1.8 Kg

These curves show the GPS speed, the battery voltage and the current draw. These data were recorded on the APM board (dataflash logs).

The maximum speed (78 km/h) is reached after about 6 seconds acceleration. At the corresponding time, the current draw (31.3 A) is twice bigger than during hovering. The power draw reaches 31.3 A x 13.5 V ≈ 423 W. On the voltage curve, we can notice a voltage drop.

The speed never reached a constant value, it should be possible to go faster with the same propulsion chain (battery/ESCs/motors/props). But the mechanic parts might not handle such a speed.

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