11-14-17 / 11-17-17 review

This week wasn't very productive. We only had two days of classes, and the second day we talked all class about some cool things Nasa and Elon Musk are doing, along with going over some visits from foreign people that are coming up. The first day of class I spent my time researching more about Turnigy receivers and transmitters and pairing them with the Naza M V2 receiver. I found a video that I linked in my 11-14-17 weblog, and I changed around some of the wiring. Next week, I hope to be able to solder everything onto the power distribution board, then start programming the drone in the Naza flight software.

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11-17-17

Today we talked with Dr. Bill all class. He went over some new stuff about the space team and Nasa, and we talked about Elon Musk's new electric semi-truck. We also talked about some visitors and some presentations we can do, but I won't be here for them because I have a scout campout.

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11-14-17

Today I worked on the drone some more, but I didn't really do a lot of physical work. I rearranged some of the wires that connect the transmitter to the flight controller, but other than that, I mostly did research about the flight controller and what to do with the receiver when connecting it, but I found out a lot of useful information. I also used some different wires to connect the transmitter to the flight controller because these ones came with the flight controller and seem a little more sturdy. Here is a link to a video I found to figure things out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DikLpzlIqHA

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11-7-17 / 11-9-17 review

This week, I worked a lot. The first two classes I worked on the big drone. I attached the ESC's to the motors and attached them to the arms of the drone using double sided tape a zip ties. I then attached the wires to the arms using zip ties, and plugged some of the wires into the flight controller. The power wires I left with slack so that I can solder them onto the power distribution board later. I then wired the receiver to the flight controller and found some really helpful links that you can find in my 11-8-17 weblog. There are also some pictures there. The last class of the week, I flew the mavic inside the MonLab for Zoe and took a bunch of pictures for a 3D model. I taught Chris how to fly in such a tight space, and worked a lot with figuring out how to manually keep the drone steady because there was so much magnetic interference in the room that it wouldn't hover very well. Next week, I hope to finish attaching and wiring all the parts of the big drone, and start trying to program it and get it to fly.

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11-9-17

Today I flew the Mavic inside the MonLab for Zoe. I took a bunch of pictures of the tables, walls, a floor plan angle. It was kind of difficult because there was so much magnetic interference that the drone couldn't hover in one place very well, but I didn't hit anything so it all went well. I took a bunch of pictures of the tables and computers because there was so much stuff and it was so intricate so it took a long time. I also helped show Chris how to fly the Mavic in such tight quarters, and had him fly a little. He did really good, and he has had a lot of experience with his, but it just hasn't been in such small places and with so much interference. Overall I think we got a bunch of good pictures and had a lot of fun doing it. It was really windy being in such a small room.

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11-8-17

Today I worked on the big drone more. I zip tied the ESC wires to the arms of the drone, and attached the information wires to the respective ports from each ESC. I put the power wires from each ESC on top of the drone frame with plenty of slack so I can solder them onto the power distribution board later on. I then attached the receiver to the flight controller via 5 wires. One for pitch, one for roll, one for throttle, one for rudder, and one for mode select. I spent a lot of time researching how to connect the two, and found these two really helpful sources.
http://dl.djicdn.com/downloads/nazam-v2/en/NAZA-M_Quick_Start_Guide_v1.26_en.pdf
https://hobbyking.com/media/file/725056143X2037269X20.pdf

These are the manuals for the Naza M v2 and the Turnigy 9x 8ch receiver.

Here are some pictures



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11-7-17

Today we talked at the beginning of class, and went over what Dr. Bill should write about in each of our reports. After that, I worked on the big drone. Today I attached the ESC's. I used double sided tape on the bottom of them then used two zip ties on each one to hold it to the arms. I had to put the wires that connected the motors to the ESC's down through the motor mounting plate to make room for the double sided tape, and it looks a little jerry rigged, but I think it will work well.


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10-30-17 / 11-3-17 review

This week we had four classes, so I could've gotten a lot done, but the first was cancelled, and the second we talked the whole time, so that only left me with the last two classes. When we talked during the second class of the week, we wrote out our plans for the rest of the semester, and put them in our weblogs. You can find it before 10-30-17 in mine. The third class, I started soldering the batter connection wires onto the power distribution board. I unsoldered two sets of wires from two different boards, and began re-soldering them onto the big power distribution board. Now we are able to attach two batteries to the drone. The last class of the week, I finished soldering the wires onto the board, and tweaked the motors a little, making the configuration correct, and fixing the motor that kept binding up. Here is a diagram of the correct motor configuration. We have a Quad X, the one on the right.

Here is a picture of the finished wires after they were soldered onto the power distribution board.

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11-3-17

Today we had a really really long class, and I got a lot of work done on the drone. I was able to solder the two battery connectors on. It was fairly difficult and I had to use a lot of solder because the wires were thick and I was just soldering it to a flat plate, so it took a while for it to finally stick. After that, I took the motors off and switched them around so that they were all spinning the correct way for whichever corner they were on. I was also able to free up the motor that was binding. Part of the frame on the bottom had bent, so I bent it back into place roughly and now it spins a lot better.

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11-1-17

Today I finally got to work on the drone some. We talked to Ms. Police for a little at the beginning of class, and I explained to her my project. After that, I took the drone outside and started soldering the batter connections onto the power distribution board. I first unsoldered the female battery connectors from the power distribution board on that came with the small racing drone, then the female connector from the power distribution board that came with the big drone frame. After I got those off, I started trying to solder them onto the big power distribution board, but I didn't have enough time, so I will work on that next time.

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10-31-17

Today we spent the whole class in the middle room, talking about weblogs, what we want to accomplish this quarter, and writing our plans out on our weblogs. We used the tags "project" and "plan" so that we could easily find the plans and show them to people. Hopefully next class we can actually get some work done.

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10-30-17

Today class was cancelled because we had an emergency assembly in the morning.

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Semester One Plan

- My initial plan was to build a carbon fiber frame drone that we can code, customize, and put different attachments on, such as Infrared cameras, radio antennas, and visual cameras. My goal was to create a drone that we can program to do different tasks, such as autonomous flight, autonomous take off and landing, search and rescue missions, and agricultural and electrical surveying.
- So far I have assembled the frame and added a lot of the parts. We have attached the GPS, power distribution board, flight controller, and a couple other components. The motors were fairly easy to attach, but we still have to figure out which way we want the wires to come off.
- The biggest problems we have run in to so far is trying to get the receiver to connect to the transmitter, and also one of the motors has been seizing up, but I think that is because it is tightened to the drone arm too much. Other than that, it has been going really smoothly.
- My next step is to attach the ESC's, then to program the flight controller, and start seeing if it will fly. This week I want to start soldering the battery connection to the power distribution board, and once I can attach a the battery I can start programming the drone from my computer.

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10-26-17 review

This week we only had one class. We talked at the beginning of class about what our vision was, and some new projects that were available to be taken on, like the purple air vog detection system. I am slightly interested in that project, and would be really excited to help out with it. After that, I tried to fly the Inspire with Will but the batteries weren't charged enough. We charged the batteries, and then class was over. Next week, I hope to get the drone all ready for programming, keeping me on track of my goal to have the drone flying by the end of the semester.

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10-26-17

Today Dr. Bill talked to us at the beginning of class about finishing our weblogs and some new projects that we can take on. He talked about a vog detecting project he wanted to start which I thought was interesting, and we could add drones into the mix some how. Maybe put the purple air vog tester on the drone to measure vog at different altitudes. We also talked about our vision for this semester. As I've stated before, my vision for the end of this semester is to get the drone flying so that we can order more attachments over winter break, and next semester we can work on attaching different cameras and things. Next week I want to put a lot of work into the drone, and get it ready to program and ready to fly.

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10-16-17 / 10-19-17 review

This week, we spent a lot of time talking in class. The first class, all we did was talk about what our vision was for our project, and what our goals were for the end of this quarter. I want to finish the drone, and make sure it works really well. The next class, we talked more about what parents day would be like, and then worked on our projects a little. I organized the drone boxes, and consolidated it to two boxes instead of three. Now everything is easy to find and simple to store. The last class, we had parents day, so we explained to all the parents what our projects were and what we wanted to complete by the end of the quarter.

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10-19-17

Today was parents day. We all went through our projects and explained all the cool things we are doing. We talked about how our projects are intertwined, and what our goals are for the end of the quarter. All the parents were really interested in the projects.

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10-17-17

Today we talked a little bit at the beginning of class about what parents day would look like, but then we started working on our projects. I organized the drone boxes, so now we only have two instead of three. We have the big cardboard box with the motors and esc's, flight controller, and screwdrivers, then there is the small plastic box with all the misc. parts, along with the transmitter and receiver. I put all the loose parts into baggies and made it so that everything is organized and easy to find.

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10-16-17

Today we talked about all of our projects. Dr. Bill asked us all what our vision was for the rest of the quarter, and what our end goal is. My goal for this quarter is to get the drone working, and to get it working well. If the drone is worked out and all the quirks are fixed, then I will easily be able to start adding components like cameras, antennas, etc.

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10-9-17 / 10-13-17 review

This week, I only attended the first two classes, as there was a storm in kohala during my first class and I couldn't get to school. The first two classes, we spent all our time talking. In the first one, we talked with Dr. Bill about our projects, then with Oliver, Angelina, and Brianna about the Moon Base Summit and everything they learned. It sounded really fun, and they showed us some really cool things they talked about during the event. The second day, we had a guest speaker from Keck Observatories who talked with us about a vision of a new visitor information center on Mauna Kea, and he asked us for input about what we think it should entail. It was really fun to work on something that is very probable to happen, and also so interesting and relevant to us here on the island. He also taught us about some ways to collaborate to come up with ideas when in a group, and how to organize meetings and presentations. I feel it was a very good class and beneficial as we are all prospective presenters.

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