Quadcopter Flights Around Campus

As I was dropping some gear back to our support team yesterday morning after the weekends RGU Hackathon, they queried if I would be able to assist some of my students with their coursework for a module I teach titled “Interactive Multimedia” – their task being to research, design, develop a presentation, video and interactive and tutorial on how to setup and fly a Quadcopter. Generally we require our students to get a good few training sessions before being left to fly the Quadcopters all by themselves.

Given it was such a lovely morning with clear blue skies and no wind, it was absolutely perfect conditions for some Quadcoptering. So we grabbed one of the Schools DJI Phantom Quadcopters, some batteries and went out to a few locations around campus to grab some footage of the Quadcopter setup and operation. The following images below should give you some idea of the morning we had. I must say that all the landings were perfectly executed. Was a great morning to be outside too, rather than stuck in front of a computer screen and keyboard.

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

2015 04 21 Quadcopter on Campus

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Quadcopter Flying Around Campus – Video

We had a number of very nice days last week, blue skies and sunshine all day long, hence as part of a module I have with 1st year computing students I took the class outside to experiment with some quadcopter flying. We had two DJI Phantom quadcopters in operation with Go Pro’s attached to capture the scene. One can see some still image captures at the following post.

In the first video above we were all arranged in a circle the radius being calculated by the average width of a student x the number of students / Pi / 2 / 2. This amounted to a radius of a little over 16 feet or roughly 33 feet in diameter. The reason for this was to attempt a “Bullet-time” capture of a quad-copter hovering in the centre of the circle, with the students taking photographs on all their phones. If you look closely at roughly the mid point of the video above you will see the second quadcopter taking off and flying around a little bit.


The flights took place towards the west end of campus next door to the Scott Sutherland Building and the Round Tower, see the map below.

Views over Duthie Park and Aberdeen in Video

Some views over Duthie Park and Aberdeen recorded using a Kodak Playsport under-slung from a DJI Phantom Quadcopter. The following YouTube Playlist contains some additional videos from the test flights. The off center mount positioning of the camera, coupled with it hanging well below the landing struts resulted in quite a significant pendulum effect, hence the “Jello” nature of the footage. Replacing this with a Go Pro should significantly improve to resulting captures.

Having Fun Flying Around Duthie Park in Video

The following is just a series of videos of us having some fun flying a DJI Phantom Quadcopter around Duthie Park early one Saturday morning. Check out the following YouTube Playlist to see some additional videos and some birds eye views.

Previous Posts Featuring the Quadcopter
Views over Duthie Park and Aberdeen in Video (online)
Crash Bang Wallop Quadcopter Vs Tree (online)
Setup and Test Flights Riverside East RGU Campus in Video (online)
On Camera Flying Around Duthie Park Aberdeen (online)
DJI Phantom Quadcopter Setup & First Flight (online)
Aberdeen from Above Duthie Park (online)
High Above Duthie Park Aberdeen (online)
Quadcopter Alternate Launch Platforms (online)
Quadcopter Flying High Above Campus – Riverside East (online)

Crash Bang Wallop Quadcopter Vs Tree

Crash Bang Wallop that’s what happens when a DJI Phantom Quadcopter decides to stop responding to commands from the transmitter. This particular flight took place in Duthie Park which happens to have quite a significant area of open space surrounded by trees. It just so happens of course that the quadcopter would go out of control close to these trees and end up caught up in a number of branches perhaps 15 to 20 feet up. Talk about a rock and a hard place !

So the big question is how do you get a a quadcopter down from a tree. Well as it turns out a cricket team were just passing by at the time about to play a game. So they got a chance to warm up by bowling some cricket balls at the quadcopter. You often hear of the saying “third time lucky”. Well it happen to be true in this case. On the first attempt a football was kicked towards the branches holding to copter in place, but to no avail. Second attempt was with a cricket ball, yet again no success. The third and final attempt the cricket ball made perfect contact and down came the quadcopter, no worse for ware, as you can see in the video below.

Moral of the story, if you are going to be flying quadcopters around anywhere in proximity to trees then bring along some cricket balls, or better yet a cricket team ! On that note I should say thanks very much for all the help of the footballer and bowler. Check out the following YouTube Playlist for more videos around the RGU Garthdee campus and Duthie Park.

Setup and Test Flights Riverside East RGU Campus in Video

The following videos give some sense of the setup procedure for assembling the DJI Phantom Quadcopter and taking it for its first series of test flights with a video camera under-slung.

On Camera Flying Around Duthie Park Aberdeen

A few stills around Duthie Park flying the quadcopter around and filming same. The still images were extracted from video recorded using a Kodak Playsport under-slung from a DJI Phantom Quadcopter (recorded at 1920x1080P 30fps). The following YouTube Playlist contains a number of videos recorded at RGU Garthdee campus and Duthie Park.

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight

DJI Phantom Quadcopter Flight