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The places you know, from a perspective you have never seen. Unique aerial photos of Minnesota. Help me continue my passion!
The places you know, from a perspective you have never seen. Unique aerial photos of Minnesota. Help me continue my passion!
94 backers pledged $5,065 to help bring this project to life.

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Update 3 has been posted. Bill of Materials Database

Update #2 has been posted! The first stretch goal was met just moments ago, new stretch goal is $5000. Free 8x10 photo for those pledging $20 or more if we meet the new goal. The extra funds will be used for upgraded components. Lastly, Tuesday night I attended a "How to" session at The Hack Factory to learn about 3D Robotics and Ardupilot.

Update #1 has been posted! The stretch goal is $4000, this extra money will cover the costs of aerial photography training and photo caption stickers.

A new reward has been created for those interested in DIY Multirotors. For $35 I'll send backers my bill of materials, assembly process, and building log so others can recreate my multirotor.

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PURPOSE:

This purpose of this Kickstarter is to help me continue my passion for aerial photography. My first two quadcopters (shown below) are unable of supporting the technology and payload necessary for this type of art. With your help, I will be able to build a hexacopter that can carry a camera, gimbal, and GPS tracker. It will feature an advanced flight control system, telemetry data, and an FPV system. The GPS tracker will allow me to recover my hexacopter via smartphone or tablet if it ever gets lost or stolen.

Estimated Bill of Materials:
• $600 - Hexacopter Frame 
• $750 - (6) Brushless Motors 
• $479 - Futaba Transmitter
• $399 - GoPro Hero 3+ Camera 
• $369 - ZenMuse H3-2D Camera Gimbal
• $299 - Naza-M V2 Flight Controller 
• $200 - GPS Tracker with Independent Power Source
• $200 - First Person View (FPV) System
• $160 - (2) 5000mAh 6S Lipo Batteries 
• $90 - (6) 11 inch Carbon Fiber Propellers 
• $3546 - Total

DESIGN EXPERIENCE:

Last summer I began designing and assembling remote controlled (RC) multirotors. My first build was a small quadcopter, an indoor flyer that taught me the basics. Its frame was CNC machined from carbon fiber. The motors are 8.5 inches apart and the propellers are 4 inches in diameter. This model has a flight duration of 5 minutes and weighs 8.2 ounces. It has a carrying capacity of less than 3 ounces.

Quad Rotor Mini - Indoor Flyer.
Quad Rotor Mini - Indoor Flyer.

My second build is quite a bit larger; it spans 21 inches between motor centers and has 11 inch propellers. It was built with a Turnigy Talon V2.0 carbon fiber frame, KK2.0 flight controller, and Turnigy Multistar brushless motors. The flight duration is estimated to be 12 minutes. This craft weighs 3.7 lbs and has a carrying capacity of 2 lbs. Unfortunately this model’s electronics are too simple for aerial photography.

Turnigy Talon V2.0 - Acrobatic Flyer
Turnigy Talon V2.0 - Acrobatic Flyer

My third quadcopter was a ready-to-fly DJI Phantom Quadcopter retrofitted by DSLRPros specifically for aerial photography. It had a ZenMuse H3-2D gimbal with a GoPro Hero3+ Black edition camera, upgraded motors, and a first person view video transmitter. This is the quadcopter that flew away a few weeks ago without my control.

DJI Phantom Quadcopter - Pro + Cinema Edition
DJI Phantom Quadcopter - Pro + Cinema Edition

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REWARD OPTIONS:

Option 1 - Ramp Spiral #1
Option 1 - Ramp Spiral #1
Option 2 - Grain Belt Beer
Option 2 - Grain Belt Beer
Option 3 - Downtown Minneapolis #1
Option 3 - Downtown Minneapolis #1
 
Option 4 - Minneapolis from Loring Park
Option 4 - Minneapolis from Loring Park
Option 5 - Downtown Saint Paul
Option 5 - Downtown Saint Paul
Option 6 - Downtown Minneapolis #2
Option 6 - Downtown Minneapolis #2
Option 7 - Downtown Minneapolis #3
Option 7 - Downtown Minneapolis #3
Option 8 - Target HQ
Option 8 - Target HQ
Option 9 - Loring Park
Option 9 - Loring Park
Option 10 - Ramp Spiral #2
Option 10 - Ramp Spiral #2

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Risks and challenges

The primary risk associated with fulfilling backer rewards is shipping the prints such that they do not become damaged in transit and that they arrive in a timely manner. I do not foresee this being a very difficult challenge. I plan to use White House Custom Color to fulfill the print and canvas orders. I have done business with them before and have been extremely happy with their professional quality and quick turn around times.

The primary challenge associated with building a custom hexacopter for aerial photography will be integrating and tuning all of the electronics. I feel my previous design experience and my connections with other DIY enthusiasts will enable me to successful in this endeavor.

PROPOSED TIMELINE:

April - Print and ship all photo and canvas rewards. Then purchase hexacopter components.

May - Assemble purchased components and fine tune electronics.

June - Get comfortable flying the new multirotor.

July - Fulfill top tier backer rewards with aerial photo and video shoots.

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    A personal thank you posted on my aerial photography facebook page. fb.com/KoopsMAC

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    One signed 8"x10" aerial photo of your choice.

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    One signed 11"x14" aerial photo of your choice.

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    You'll receive an electronic document detailing my bill of materials, assembly process and build log so you can create your own replica model.

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    Three signed 8"x10" aerial photos of your choice.

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    One signed 12"x18" limited edition handmade canvas wrap of your choice.

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    Aerial Photo Shoot - *Early Bird Special* - You choose any location within 250 miles of Minneapolis and come along for the photo shoot. Includes digital photos of the outing and three signed 11"x14" aerial photos of your choice.

    NOTE: Tony will maintain final authority on whether conditions are safe for flying. This includes but is not limited to weather, location, obstacles, bystanders, and radio interference.

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    Aerial Photo Shoot - You choose any location within 250 miles of Minneapolis and come along for the photo shoot. Includes digital photos of the outing and three signed 11"x14" aerial photos of your choice.

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    Aerial Video Shoot - *Early Bird Special* - You choose any location within 250 miles of Minneapolis and come along for the video shoot. Includes 2-4 minute edited video of the outing and three signed 12"x18" aerial photos of your choice.

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