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Anybody played with building/buying a 'personal drone'?

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ID_Joker:
I keep toying with the idea of an RC aircraft (likely helicopter or quadcopter) equipped with a camera as an addition to the homestead security plan.  Could potentially allow investigation/patrol of the perimeter of a large property without exposing yourself.  Plus, since it would invariable be electric, it would be rather quiet and unobtrusive.

I can also think of lots of everyday practical uses.
-- Need to do a perimeter fence check?
-- Want to see if there is anything in the mailbox before walking all the way down there?
-- Need to take an snapshot of your garden so you can plan changes for next year?
-- Gotta see what tripped the MURS sensor on the driveway?
-- ....And it would be a hoot!

Has anybody done much/any investigation of this idea?  I know you can get little copters pretty cheap or they can cost a crazy amount of money.  Seems to me the key criteria for making it useful would be (1) adequate range and (2) real-time data transmission back to the user (both for purposes of flying the machine as well as the mission-specific data.)  Another limiting factor would be what weather it could/couldn't fly in.

Thoughts?

The Wilderness:
Here is a good thread on the subject http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=45427.0

TW

Cedar:
CMX.

Cedar

ID_Joker:

--- Quote from: The Wilderness on January 22, 2014, 06:11:07 PM ---Here is a good thread on the subject http://thesurvivalpodcast.com/forum/index.php?topic=45427.0

TW

--- End quote ---

Thanks!  Not sure why that one didn't come up in my search.  What an awesome thread!

SelcSilverhand:
Some quad rotors can be equipped with GPS and programmed to fly waypoints while taking photos or video. Having it done this way eliminates the range issues with radio.
I have a quad rotor drone that you fly with a smart phone over wifi. It has very limited range due to the wifi link between the phone and the drone. If I get a wifi router with a battery pack an antenna I can push out a lot farther. It does 720p video and stills and can fly for about 9 minutes.

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