I’ve been wanting to build an AP-type/550+ size drone for a long while now. Mostly I just want to learn the ArduPilot ecosystem, autonomous flight modes, camera gimbal/control, Lidar tech, GCS, etc. I have had many years with FPV quads and I find myself with many questions about these bigger drones. It seems as if these 450mm+ size drones are being built less and less these days. Because FAA maybe?
Anyways, I can’t choose between Tarot XS690 and Daya 680 frames, so I’m buying both. Although the Daya frame is hard to find available (Let me know if you recommend a place that has this frame). I will be purchasing a Cube Orange combo with Here 3 and RFD900x Tele radios.
Questions I have are about ESCs, Motor size vs Prop size suggestions, and Camera Gimbals:
I have some high-quality BlHeli(32) ESCs supporting from 35A to 55A. I see that ArduCopter supports ESC protocols like OneShot and DShot. Are there any downsides to using BlHeli ESCs vs a typical HobbyWing xrotor 40A ESCs? The plan would be to max out the prop size of 17" props. I’m not sure what size motor I should be looking at? I see these Tarot 4006 or 4008 motors support this prop size, but I know nothing about Tarot quality control. Should I down prop instead?
Any Camera gimbal suggestions? I would like to be able to fully control the pan and tilt via Radio or GCS. Carrying a GoPro 9 or GoPro Session 5 for now. Does anyone know if you can export gopro 9 Black or Session 5 video out to vTX?
Thanks for the time and support,