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Red Mountain Makers --- STRATOGLIDER

All In, except the Strato and Solar-powered part:

GoPro-compatible, closest thing to an X-wing for earthlings. 
    55+ MPH  open-source hackable Pixfalcon MicroPX4 Autopilot
    Auto return-to-home, FPV downlink, 
    follow me relying on GPS on remote controller side, not AI+camera. 

 *real* twinstick + phone + Laptop (QGroundControl , airRails) remotes & , 
   F/OSS mission planner (M$Win), QGroundControl (Mac OS X)
 
minuses: 
     maybe not so completely-autopilot,  
     no crash-it-for-free option
     not waterproof
     FAR service ceiling limited; significantly, sub-stratospheric.
     not a Gossamer X.

 way too many models and variants on the Web,
    but the best option seems to be: 

Carbon Fiber- Skinned  Platinum  edition  with GPS and FPV downlink 
    AT2-XP1-003-CB    B&H $464
  add: 
    Xcraft Brushless GoPro Gimbal  B&H  $269   ( + GoPro of your choice ) 

Price has dropped from $1500 down to $500. 
  I think b/c people just can't grok flying a combined fixed-wing quadrotor
> wings stall transitioning from winged to hovering flight  
                        => altitude loss, increase power 
> loss of rotor lift from rotor tilt WRT ground transitioning from hovering
   to winged flight 
                        => altitude loss, increase power 
  and b/c people prob aren't used to putting pieces from gitHub together.

   other cheaper  and pre-crashed options 
   have only vinyl film over styrofoam wings
   (cheaper used CF 'Platinum', also dodgy 'Platinum colored' also for sale.

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2778/6454/t/2/assets/X_PlusOne_Operating_Manual_9-2-2016.pdf?4463164340440674614%0D%0A

https://xcraft.io/products/x-plusone

!F/OSS! QGroundControl autonomous mission planning software 
https://docs.qgroundcontrol.com/en/PlanView/PlanView.html

documentation on the 'AI' / 'GPS' autopilot modes is somewhere ... 

  DRONE RACES! 


ARDUIPLANE:

http://www.arduino.cc
https://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/wiki/home
http://diydrones.com
http://plane.ardupilot.com
http://www.diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/high-altitude-glider-drop-simulation-in-x-plane


WIKI:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_aerial_vehicle >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wOFECaH7x8
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Person_View >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ar2lUhrFkLM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio-controlled_aircraft >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilEBoTtGqhE

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stratosphere
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glider_(sailplane)
http://weather.unisys.com/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduino
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weather_balloon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_radio


MAKE:

http://www.Makezine.com
http://cdn.makezine.com/make/24/Make24_weatherballoon_11x17.pdf


NOISEBRIDGE:

https://www.noisebridge.net
https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Spacebridge


Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 101: Moored Balloons, Kites, Amateur Rockets and Unmanned Free Balloons:

http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=3e34f963b1a220cc6b0d89f23d105ffd&rgn=div5&view=text&node=14:2.0.1.3.15&idno=14


Balloon Trajectory Predictors:

http://www.habhub.org/predict
http://weather.uwyo.edu/polar/balloon_traj.html


Edge of Space Sciences, an ARRL (ham) initiative to send up ham balloons:

http://www.eoss.org


MAKE> Launch Groups and Launches:

Apteryx, Tres Pinos, California http://apteryx.hibal.org

Spacebridge, San Francisco, California https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Spacebridge

Pacific Star, Los Angeles, California http://www.pacificstarflight.com

Icarus Project, Leeds, United Kingdom http://www.robertharrison.org/icarus/wordpress

Spacebits, Castro Verde, Portugal http://spacebits.eu

HALO (High ALtitude Object), Lucknow, Ontario, Canada http://www.natrium42.com/halo/flight2

Balloon v1.0, Newark, California http://vpizza.org/~jmeehan/balloon

SPOC-1, Vulcan, Alberta, Canada http://www.spaceduino.com/2009/12/spaceduino.html

Project Icarus, Cambridge, Massachusetts http://space.1337arts.com


FAA:

http://www.faa.gov
http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/glider_handbook


FAR/AIM:

http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/faa_regulations


AVIATION MAP/CHART:

http://vfrmap.com
http://skyvector.com/airports/United%20States/Alabama


AVIATION WEATHER:

http://www.airvan.com/home_en.html
http://aviationweather.gov
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Birmingham&state=AL&site=BMX&textField1=33.5277&textField2=-86.7992&e=0#.Uh6CK9LBN8E
http://www.intellicast.com/National/Wind/WINDcast.aspx?region=atl
http://weather.unisys.com


MODELS:

http://www.zagi.com/zagi-electric-wings/zagi-hp-without-motor-esc-or-battery
http://www.zagi.com/e-powerpak-combos/inrunner-brushless-e-powerpak
http://www.zagi.com/pdf/Zagi-HP-w.pdf


NEWS

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21584962-small-remote-controlled-craft-powered-sun-are-taking-air/print