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Offline tomahawk6

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RC Planes/Trucks
« on: April 15, 2007, 14:25:02 »
The ingenuity of the troops never ceases to amaze me.

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April 14, 2007: Troops are still buying remote control toy trucks, for use in checking out possible roadside bombs. This, despite the fact that nearly 6,000 combat robots have been sent to Iraq and Afghanistan so far. The problem is, there are never enough droids to go around. So the droidless troops have been improvising. Radio controlled (RC) cars and aircraft are readily available from hobby stores, or their web sites. Items can be sent via air freight to Iraq. The high end RC trucks cost several hundred dollars, but can be controlled from as far away as 200 meters. These are used for checking out items on, or alongside, the road that might be bombs. Just shooting at the suspicious objects doesn't always set them off. But run an RC car up to it, and ram the object, and you quickly know if it is heavy (and possibly a bomb), or light (and likely just some garbage.) These vehicles can also be equipped with wireless video cameras, perfect for checking out what's around the corner. RC aircraft, especially the high end ones that cost $500 or more, can also, with some effort, be equipped with a wireless vidcam. However, using off-the-shelf equipment, your transmission range is only a few hundred meters. Most RC aircraft can be controlled up to 500 meters away, and with more expensive commo gear, nearly twice that.


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Re: RC Planes/Trucks
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2007, 10:11:47 »
They should have a look at this fellows setup (he's a Canadian as well).  He cut the cockpit out of an RC Airplane and installed a basic pan & tilt with wireless video camera (all home brew) and then used cheap Video glasses and a simple gyro to control it all.   Watch the entire video, he lists the equipment used at the end.

also linked with some info at:

Total cost is sub $2000 CDN.   Pretty impressive El-Cheapo UAV if I do say so myself.  Just toss an eTrex in the bottom of cockpit for positioning and look down to see the grid, instant spotter.

Note that the website is dedicated to building VR RC planes.

Here is some of the equipment used:

Easystar RC Plane - Electric version so it's ultra silent.
$189 USD
$149 USD
$249.00 USD

Portable DVR for recording
$165 USD


Archos AV500 30 GB Multimedia Player and DVR
$359.99 USD

RF AV Transmitter Module
$16.50 Pounds

RF AV Receiver Module
$15.00 Pounds

Gyroscope for headset/PTZ control
$411.32 USD

« Last Edit: April 16, 2007, 10:46:06 by Thorvald »
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Re: RC Planes/Trucks
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2007, 11:49:15 »
...and who says the average soldier is dumb?!?
Inspiration is the mother of invention...and absolute need!