Bearospace Ground Station for Gemini and other U.A.V.'s and F.P.V. vehicles:
The Bearospace Ground station is made using common FPV components, RC gear, and other electronic components, built into a Pelican style case. We chose the light tan color, because it keeps the components cooler on hot days. We power the ground station from the car's battery, and during long flights, we keep the battery charged using a honda 1000I gas generator running in ECO mode, and charging via it's 12v charge plug. It keeps the battery topped off at all times, giving a large margin of safety for powering the ground station, has proven to be very reliable, and only uses about 1 liter of fuel in 3hrs of flight. Alternately, the car's engine could be left running to charge the ground station battery. The dual transmitters and screens allow a smooth transition for the pilot from visual LOS to the goggles, and allow operations without goggles if the pilot needs to have his vision free, or wishes to watch the observer screen simultaneously. The observer can also see the pilot's view, and telemetry overlaid on the pilot's screen. The RC control transmitters fold inside the case for transport, and all critical systems in the case are hardwired. two separate digital video recorders are used, each containing a backup screen, and record the downlinked flight, and telemetry onto SD memory cards for use later. The DVR's have the built-in capability of playback, in case it were necessary to make an off-field landing, or find a missing airplane.
two voltage regulators, with LCD voltage out displays feed power to the RC transmitters, and RF modules, thereby eliminating the need for transmitter batteries.
A 400 watt inverter is under the center console, providing 120v electrical power to the large observer screen, external power for the DVR chargers, to keep their backup batteries topped off, and power any other 120v equipment needed while at the field, such as your cell phone charger, or camera battery chargers. Connections are made externally, power in, power out to the tracker, and 2 video signals, analog, via RCA cables in. The case has wheels, a retractible handle for transport, and I modified a collapsable steel table frame to provide support for the case, while keeping it off of the ground. We sit in folding cloth chairs for the flights, and it's very comfortable.
We Hope this inspires you to build your very own ground station!
Wayne McNab (Flying Squirrel Models)
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Spike Webb and Family
Yes, I like airplanes. As if you weren't sure by now. ..
The Entrance to the Secret Underground Bearospace Laboratory. (Don't try to find it. you never will.)
Our Fearless Test Pilot
Great Planes Piper Cub .15 size
Great Planes Super Sportster .60 racing engine with 30% nitro
Sig Kadet Seniorita .15 glow engine
Early electric ARF motor glider with brushed motor, and Ni-Cd D- sized batteries.
Some of the airplanes from years past:
.15 size sport model of unknown brand
Itoh - Czech made kit of a Japanese Civil aircraft (CO2 powered free flight)
Carl Goldberg Gentle Lady glider
(Shown with all 3 generations of Aero-modelers in our family)
Electric free flight ARF
We love to build, create, and innovate.
Gary grew up in Illinois, quickly became involved in building custom Hot Rods, and moved to California, where he opened a motorcycle repair shop. Working mostly on Triumphs, he loved to make improvements, and was eventually hired by a large company to work as a developer for Honda Racing engines in the motorcycle division. His formulas, and other innovations have become the accepted standard for modern engines, and he built several engines that took world speed records in their class.
Gary and wife Patricia, moved to Washington state to build their own sailboat, and see the world. He raised his son, Spike aboard his sailing vessel Sparkle, which he still lives aboard to this day. Gary went on to build several steel sailboats for friends, several of which have traveled large parts of the globe successfully, and are still in as good condition as they were when they were new.
Today, Gary enjoys doing design work for Bearospace, and building Boat models meant for R.C. and F.P.V.
Spike grew up aboard Sparkle, and traveled extensively with his family in Canada, the U.S, and Mexico as a child. Spike's primary interests always lied in aviation, taking after his grandfather Keith, an accomplished pilot, flight instructor, and inventor. Spike also worked as a Marine Mechanic / electrician, performing custom installation and fabrication / repair for some years until founding Bearospace. His main focus is on airframe design, Integration of electronics, and helping others to have success in F.P.V. and autonomous flight, using the youtube channel (fpvreviews) as the primary platform. The channel also serves as a place to share ideas, and review innovative products for F.P.V. The goal is to help make the world a better place through robotics, help innovate new ideas, and push new technology into the future.
Kuyimo is adopted... He likes chicken....