[Canberrauav] Speaking of large helis

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Mon Feb 29 19:23:30 AEDT 2016


It also sets a goal for the DIY crew to build an airframe, ground station, radio gear, HD video and IR system.

Alex

> On 29 Feb 2016, at 18:58, Carlos Peco <carlos.peco at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Darrel/Adam,
> 
> I think that Joe Public opinion is a big factor here. Something like an X8 might be perceived as a toy, while something that includes the word "military" sounds trustworthy.
> 
> 250Kaud for a bespoke military uav solution seems cheap to me. The money might be in training and maintenance.
> 
> 
> 
> Le lundi 29 février 2016, Darrell Burkey <dazza at tucan.net <mailto:dazza at tucan.net>> a écrit :
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> > On 29 Feb 2016, at 4:35 PM, Adam Kroll <krolladam at hotmail.com <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > -->
> > The article states that it has a flying time of up to 150 minutes using batteries and it states that they paid $250,000 per chopper, for an electric heli!!
> >
> > I think the NSW govt haven't fully completed their due diligence on this one.
> 
> You are in that industry so I value your opinion. They do claim it’s ‘military specs’. Is that cost unreasonable for that standard?
> 
> I do think there might be better solutions though. I spoke with someone recently that had approached them to discuss using X8 planes with Pixhawk and software he modified  to identify sharks. Not only would that be a lot less expensive and easier to manage, I’d think it would be much safer to fly that over swimmers than a helicopter.
> 
> 
> Cheers.
> 

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