Ready To Map (RTM) UAV

What makes an RTM UAV unique are the chosen components and configuration including parts, building techniques, hardware modifications, configuration, and implementation methodology.  RTM UAVs are built entirely from Off The Shelf (OTS) products, albeit with some modifications.

RTM UAVs are built to capture aerial imagery similar to traditional remote sensing with the intent of generating geospatial data and maps. I currently offer Ready To Map (RTM) UAVs, including fully configured mapping camera and trigger system. If you would like an RTM UAV built for your specific needs, contact me and we can figure out the best solution.

Otherwise, please utilize the resources at Flight Riot as much as you need to build your own Flight Riot style mapping UAV! Ask questions, post your work and progress and add to the community.

There are currently several RTM systems that have been tested and deployed to the field for production mapping:

Each aircraft has its strengths and weaknesses. The use of these UAVs is vast regarding general mapping, surveying, resource management, conservation, vegetation health monitoring, agriculture, infrastructure asset management and many other applications.



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11 Responses to RTM UAV

  1. piperman2010 says:

    where can i buy it ‘skywalker’?

    • geobduffy says:

      There are many websites where you can buy a Skywalker if you search on google. fpvmodel.com, http://www.rc4y.com, cambriahobby.com, etc.
      I’ve purchased form bevrc.com
      I had issues with wing twist (1900mm version) on one SW I bought from them last year. However, I ordered one recently for a client build (1900mm wing) and the wings were perfect. After complaining of the wing twist bevrc eventually sent me a set of 1880mm wings (many months later) but I have not tried the new wings yet so I can’t recommend one over the other.
      Their customer service seems to have improved a lot lately…

  2. bdspdb says:

    the airframe skhunter is other neww fpv rc.
    You lske this?
    for most stability what is the winner “skywalker 2013 VS skyhunter”

    • geobduffy says:

      Have not used a sky hunter yet, though I have been tempted. I’d love to hear from anyone who has. I imagine it will be comparable to skywalker in terms of duration though it appears to have even more fuselage space. I’m not sure how durable the SH is. I can say that I am not very happy with the skywalker QC as parts are often dinged and the molds are not perfect. The penguin is extremely high quality in comparison. They alway arrive undamaged and the form is perfect every time.

  3. v1v2rotate says:

    Has anyone used the Ardupilot 2.6 in the Maja? If so what type of results are you getting? I have been through a number of planes now looking for an aircraft that will hold a navigation line and turn with the same radius in both directions. I am hoping to use this a/c for aerial mapping. Any thoughts on the Maja and this mission?

    How about the Finwing Penguin. Good AC but having problems with it flying a precise nav line and controlling its turn radius to be equal in both left and right turns. Right turns are tight and left are about 40% larger. Any ideas???

    • geobduffy says:

      Hi v1v2rotate,
      This happens with certain servos and is often mistaken as a characteristic of an aircraft. What you want to do now is measure deflection of your ailerons in up and down positions (Using tx tp roll full left and right) on both wings and given your symptoms I expect the following:
      Upward deflection on left wing is less than right.
      Solution: uninstall servo in left wing, remove servo control arm screw, move servo arm one notch towards the leading edge.
      After that, place servo and measure deflection again. It should now be equal to aileron of right wing.
      Lesson: always measure for equal aileron deflection before gluing servos.

    • wunderlins says:

      Hi v1v2rotate

      I have been flying the Maja with APM 1/2/2.5. It is a nice airframe if you are looking for something that is flexible with different payloads. It is not the most efficient airframe however and I do not think that it is turning better / more symatric than any other airframe.

      I have been using APMs on more than 10 dfferent airframes (i have lost track). Assuming there is no wind, all of them turned to both sides the same. If an airframe does not do that then there is something wrong with the setup (mechanical servo alignement), radio calibration, PID tuning or the wings/airframe are not assembled properly (something might not be symatric).

      I have flown geobduffy’s Penguin and it not showing a tendency to turn better to one side.


  4. marco says:

    Hi, have you tried FX-61 Phantom Flying Wing for mapping? Any post?

    All the best!

    • geobduffy says:

      Yes, I have been using the FX61 and have deployed several to the field now. When set up properly and tuned well they are solid performers. The advantage over the X5 is the FX can break down for transport, though I do now have a large case for the X5.
      FX can fly slowly and has great glide characteristics. The flight time is about 45 minutes.

      My latest X5 configuration in comparison flies faster and can fly for up to 1.5 hours on a single battery. I ran a 1 hour 26 minute mapping mission with a transect distance of almost 63km on the X5.

      Each aircraft has their strengths and weaknesses so the most important thing is to clearly understand your requirements and then choose.

      • marco says:

        Hi Geobduffy! Great comment, tnks a lot!

        I bought a FX-61 that arrived last week and I’m setting up pixhark to mapping. I buit a second floor for assembly it with gps, RC, buzzer, etc….

        Would you share your configuration for both planes? (you did that I’m after!) Were did you cut the foam for the camera in FX-61?

        This is my first plane and I do an upgrade as soon as can fly smooth with FX-61.

        All the best!

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