I am interested in building a UAV glider with a camera, and organize long distance flights from point A to point B, recording the flight inbetween. I believe amazing missions can be had, especially flying down from mountains where altitude potential energy would be an advantage.
My questions are;
So I obtain an RC airplane, a PixHawk autopilot and a laptop with Mission planner and I’m good to go ? Just buy components, plug them together and then it’s tinkering/testing/flying? No soldering required ? (I know Arduino and RC airplanes, have owned 2 gliders, one aerobatic, and a couple foamies I built myself).
Can I switch from autopilot to manual control (classic RC with Tx/Rx) at will ? This is for landings and emergencies.
Thanks in advance for any replies/comments to what I want to do. Good luck to all
PS about me: 48 y/o computer programmer, computer science teacher, can easily program C in an arduino, but I am not good with building electronics (e.g. soldering chips on boards etc)
EDIT: Or to rephrase the question, what is the most difficult part of the whole process, in your opinion ?