Hi everybody! We had a great response to our last video. Lots of you voted on what Mr. T should wear for Thanksgiving. Well, your prayers have been answered! By popular demand, here is a video of a giant, quadcopter, flying turkey cyborg that drops pies!
Some of you will notice that this is not, in fact, Mr. T, but is instead his evil associate, Professor X! This is the quadcopter that does most of our shooting. It's tough, flies well, and can take a whole lot of abuse. It's based on the KKMulticopter flight control board (just like Mr. T, it is also programmed with a Sparkfun Pocket AVR Programmer) this system has proven to be very reliable, though it does lack some of the more advanced features of our Arducopter and Mikrokopter based aircraft.
I didn't get a good photo of the dropping mechanism, but it can be seen pretty clearly in the video. It's just a piece of bent-over aluminum with a hole drilled through. An old servo controls a pin that goes through that hole, when it's pulled out, the load drops.
When it was all over, we released the turkey suit into the wild, where it lives peacefully.