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Xbee radio control? Answered

I've been thinking about making a FPV RC (first person view) plane and I was wondering about using Xbee and Ardunio. I was thinking have an Arduino on the ground and another one in the plane each one with an Xbee. I want to have joysticks, buttons and switches on the ground to control at least 4 servos, one or two ESC's and possibly other things (like LED's and retractable landing gear) in the plane and also have a camera and some sensors (altitude, battery level, ECT) in the plane sending video and data back to earth where it can be displayed. I am quite new to electronics and I just want to know if what I said is possible, if there is an easier/cheaper way, how one might go about doing it and if that's even how you use an Xbee. Thanks for any help, it will be greatly appreciated 

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iceng

5 years ago

You cannot control two at once let alone three.
This not a simple case of Roman riding !

A PC needs to direct the flights based on a strategy input to the software
and let the PC speed take care of the ten thousand minutia of adjustments
necessary to keep three planes in stable non-intersecting paths and airborne.

There is a most excellent you tube video of 8 quaqdra or penta copters
performing an aerial ballet under PC control.

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monty324iceng

Answer 5 years ago

there will be only one plane

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icengmonty324

Answer 5 years ago

OK that's reasonable

Good it is doable but not as a plane which will move fast out of Xbee range.
Have you ever flown an RC plane (how many crashes till you became a proficient pilot ?).

Use a Quarda, penta or hexa  copter which can hover and stay in radio contact.

There are copter instructables in this site search for the one you like


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monty324iceng

Answer 5 years ago

No, I've never flown one myself and I would start off with small, non-FPV planes for me to practice on, this is just for when I want more channels and features. Also, some Xbee's say they have 40KM range.

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icengmonty324

Answer 5 years ago

40KM is impressive !
My next concern is if it buffers the data and causes a delay 
that would cause jerky control surface response.

But you will discover that in your non-FPV craft :-)

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Kiteman

5 years ago

Have a look at this: https://www.instructables.com/id/iPod-AR-Drone-flying-spy-camera-at-Brookstone-and/

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rickharris

5 years ago

Range?
Reliability?
I suggest honestly you have a big learning curve to climb before you ready to attack this project.

This is done and a number of $500 drones exist so it is possible.

Start with building some more normal RC aircraft so you can get a feel for size, power weight and how they fly -

Most drones are either RC controlled in a conventional manner from the ground 9there are laws!) or are autonomous and controlled totally by an on board micro and GPS. There is a video on the site below re using drones in a practical manner.

Look at this site

www.flitetest.com

not only will you find lots of video advice but you will also find FREE plans for a large assembly of relatively cheap aircraft to start with.

https://www.instructables.com/id/You-want-to-build-and-fly-radio-control-aircraft/

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monty324rickharris

Answer 5 years ago

Ok thanks. I was planing on making smaller planes beforehand anyway, This was just a thought. do you know of any other wireless modules that can be used with micro-controllers that can be a two way link? I've been watching flitetest videos on youtube and I really want to get into flying planes but RC transmitters and receivers cost a ridiculous amount (in my opinion).

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rickharrismonty324

Answer 5 years ago

What do you want to send? If control signsls use a standard rc system with or without a booster. If data a good range is hoing to be hsrd there ars comercisl ststem about for a price flite test covef some

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monty324rickharris

Answer 5 years ago

This would be sending from the ground: control for a few servos and one or two ESC's and back from the plane: a video signal for the FPV, the data from sensors measuring voltage/current from the battery and altitude and possibly a GPS module.

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monty324monty324

Answer 5 years ago

Ok so I found a normal 9ch transmitter that I like for a price I like so this system will only be used to send information back to the ground. I could use an OSD and send the sensor data back with the video although they do seem expensive. And the GPS would only be needed for a very long flight or for a directional antenna that tracks the plane and points to it at all times. Ignoring the GPS then, all I want is a fairly cheap (But still decent) video transmitter. Could you recommend anything