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FPV (First Person View)

FPV (First Person View)

by DronerJanuary 18, 2014

One of the reasons people are so attracted to flying multi-copters is the ability to control the vehicle as if you’re sitting right there ‘in the cockpit’ using FPV (First Person View) technology. With the right setup, video captured by an on-board camera can be transmitted back to the pilot’s groundstation, giving him a real-time view from the perspective of his ‘copter. Check out the video below for an example of the stunning perspectives possible with FPV.

Team UKFPV takes a tour around Roche Abbey in Yorkshire

With good planning and specialized radio/antenna setups, FPV flights can range well beyond the ranges possible by conventional LOS (line of sight) techniques and in many countries, FPV flying is restricted by authorities to line of site. Still, the experience is exhilarating.

FPV Goggles

Image: Wikimedia Commons

FPV signals received by the groundstation are typically displayed on a compact monitor screen or via special FPV video goggles, which provide a more immersive experience. It is common for FPV systems to use a dedicated flight camera system, while a separate camera, often an action camera such as a GoPro 3 or Mobius records higher quality video. Instrument packages including altimeters and GPS receivers can feed information back via the FPV link as well, giving the pilot real-time access to  flight data such as location, power system information, while the action camera records clean, high-resolution video for later viewing.

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