Thanks Cameron and Erich! I’m really excited to be able to share this with the community!
The model drone I’ll be flying is the Phantom 4 Professional. It is equipped with a 1 inch sensor capable of capturing images at 20MP and 4K video at 60 fps or 1080p at 120 fps. The camera is attached to a three axis gimbals which helps stabilize the camera. Flight time is generally 25-30 minutes per battery charge.
It is also equipped with forward, backward, side, and downward sensors that are used for collision avoidance and helping the drone orient itself with its surroundings. If an obstruction is detected in it’s flight path, the drone will either take evasive action to avoid the obstruction or come to a complete stop and hover. The drone also takes a picture of it’s take off location and marks the location with GPS. In the event the drone loses signal for whatever reason, the drone will automatically return to to it’s take off site and automatically land.
The top speed of the drone is 30 MPH and has the capability of identifying objects and “tracking” them. This essentially keeps the camera focused on the object at all times and then automatically maneuvers the drone to keep the object in frame allowing me to concentrate on flying the craft.
By flying along the edge of the tarmac, I think we would be able to capture some pretty amazing shots as the cars run along the course. We would be able to keep the drone at a lower altitude since there are often no people in that area.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the track in a few days!