Sunday, December 12, 2010

Civilian UAV or better; First Person View soaring

From Wiki; 
"First Person View (FPV), also known as Remote Person View (RPV) or Video Piloting, is a method used to control a radio controlled model vehicle from the driver or pilots view point. Most commonly it is used to pilot an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or a Radio-controlled aircraft. The vehicle is either driven or piloted remotely from a first person perspective via an onboard camera, fed wirelessly to virtual reality goggles or a video monitor. More sophisticated setups include a pan-and-tilt gimbaled camera controlled by a gyroscope sensor in the pilot's goggles and with dual onboard cameras, enabling a true stereoscopic view."


I have been very interested in this First Person View soaring, which is a Radio Controlled Glider with a small battery powered motor and camera which provide the operator with an actual view of the flight path.

This is new to me, I knew of the technology, but never knew the actual costs. It seems a person can get into this hobby for less than fifteen hundred bucks which happens to be a month's worth of boating.

Not terribly sure I can actually get into this, for now I enjoy the videos provided by .

These guys really rock! If you follow the video link you can see some of their great videos which are a wonderful way to view the Alps in Europe, all in the comfort of your computer room.

Here is a link to Vimeo and "Team Black Sheep" soaring over New York City.  I know that I would not have the skills to pull off a flight like that, but still, this is a great way to do some touring from home.

She who will be obeyed will not approve of me buying the gear to do this. She knows that I would be interested for a few days and slip back into my lazy routine. Plus, I would hate to spend a grand or more on these beautiful gliders only to crash and burn in the swamp.

As for this weekend; Had a great dinner with Mom at the Club on Friday, watched the Navy beat Army and had an early evening yesterday and will visit Mom this afternoon. I think we will go to the Elks Lodge to watch the Raider/Jaguar game. It is rainy and cool out, so no outdoor activities.

Hoping you all stay safe out there, only a few more weeks to endure in this holiday season.


Buck said...

...will not approve of me buying the gear to do this.

Not to mention the cost of travelin' to a place where there are actually thermals. I just don't see J-ville havin' all that many... but I could be wrong. Cool vids, tho!

I thought the Army-Navy game was a tad boring, as the outcome was never in doubt. But then again, I had no dog in the fight and I imagine blowing out your rival has a certain amount of satisfaction in it. As for me, I was asleep on the couch well before the fourth quarter began.

Barco Sin Vela II said...

Ahhh, I was kinda disappointed the Army didn't have a bit more. It could have gone either way until the big fumble and run back in the second quarter.

There are no thermals in Jax. If we lived in Portales, there would be thermals, for sure. But there is no place to keep the Barco...

Love the vids but there can only be one expensive hobby at a time