Falcon 8 UAS: Basic Training - Getting Acquainted

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Getting Acquainted

  • Falcon 8 System
    • The main components of the Falcon 8 UAS GeoEXPERT package are:
      • Falcon 8 UAV
      • Mobile Ground Station
      • Camera Payload: Sony A7R

 

Falcon 8 UAV

  • Falcon 8 UAV
  • One of the main components of the Falcon 8 system is the aircraft. 
    • The airframe of the Falcon 8 UAV is a V-shaped carbon fiber octocopter.  
    • The aircraft contains a few subcomponents that enable the UAV to fly, maintain orientation, and collect data.

 

Falcon 8 UAV

  • Falcon 8 UAV
    • The Falcon 8 UAV subunits:
      1. Central Unit
      2. Stabilized mount w/ camera
      3. Carbon cross
      4. Motor rails
      5. Data link antennas
      6. Video link antenna

Central Unit

  • Central Unit (Front view - without camera payload)
    1. SD card slot for flight logs
    2. Ball link connector for roll servo of camera mount
    3. Connector for 10-pin ribbon cable of camera mount

Central Unit (Rear View)

  • Central Unit (Rear view)
    1. USB-Stick (up to 16 GB) for flight logs
    2. Securing nut for actively stabilized camera mount
    3. Motor rail connectors
    4. Battery connector
    5. Battery / battery compartment
    6. Video link antenna

Actively Stabalized Camera Mount

  • Actively Stabilized Camera Mount
    1. Circuitry for controlling the camera
    2. Payload (e. g. Sony Alpha 7)
    3. Pitch servo.
    4. Lightweight Carbon Fiber structure
    5. Roll servo.

Camera Payload

  • Camera Payload: Sony A7R
  • The Falcon 8 UAS – GeoEXPERT package features the Sony A7R as the camera payload for image capture.  
    • Full frame sensor
    • Low light sensitivity, low noise
    • 36 MP resolution
    • GSD ~ 1 cm @ 70m altitude 
    • 35 mm F2.8 Zeiss lens
    • Field of view: 54º horizontal  |  38º vertical

 

Motor Rails

  • Motor Rails
    1. Propellers
    2. Brushless motors
    3. Motor mount
    4. Carbon fiber tube
    5. Connector between carbon cross to motor rails
    6. Landing feet
    7. The data link antennas

Mobile Ground Station

  • Mobile Ground Station
    • The Mobile Ground Station (MGS) features controls for the Falcon 8 and displays all relevant flight information.
      • Camera controls
      • Data link
      • Video link
      • Status Display. 
    • The MGS is designed to be carried and operated by one person. 

 

Mobile Ground Station

  • Mobile Ground Station
    1. Video link antennas (5.8 GHz rod & patch)
    2. Data link antennas (2.4 GHz rod)
    3. Video receiver
    4. LCD monitor: for live video / image display
    5. Status display
    6. Remote control
    7. Data link transmitter / receiver

Remote Control (R/C)

  • Remote Control (R/C)
    • The R/C serves as an interface device to the flight system. 
    • It is pre-programmed and ready to use.   Do not modify any settings in the R/C transmitter.  

 

Remote Control (R/C)

  • Remote Control (R/C)
    1. Zoom/Rec
    2. Start/Stop
    3. Autopilot switch
    4. GPS switch
    5. Camera Trigger
    6. Camera tilt sliders 
    7. Left Control Stick
    8. Right Control Stick
    9. Power switch
    10. R/C display

Remote Control (R/C)

  • Remote Control (R/C)
    • Functions
      • Zoom/Rec
      • Camera Trigger
      • Camera tilt sliders

 

Remote Control (R/C)

  • The Remote Control (R/C)
    • Functions
      • Left control stick
      • Right control stick

 

Operating the R/C

  • Operating the R/C
    • Functions
      • Start/Stop 
      • Autopilot switch
      • GPS switch
      • Power switch
      • R/C display