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3D printed 170 sized fpv night vision drone

M170NV final form

Long time no see... :-)


In the last year I did not have too much time for this site but recently I am getting to free time again so let me continue with the story.

In the meantime the M170NV has been reworked, the case exchanged and it got the final form.


As winter came, I decided to go out to do some test flights, after a 1-year pause. Unfortunately the camera focus was a bit off, the video quality is quite bad.

Since then, I have refocused the camera so the next video should be okay. Now I am waiting for a suitable weather, that would be a frosty night without snow.

Until then, here is a video of a park flight from March 2016:


To aid my night flights, I also constructed an IR beacon. For that I needed to rebuild a long time not used fisherman's lamp.

In the meantime I also found the info that the English guys who were working on a similar project like my IR illuminator just finished their prototype and went commercial.

They product can be seen and bought in this link, if anybody is interested:

Maybe they get the idea of selling an IR strobe useful :-) Guys, feel free to create a commercial model!


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MV170NV infrared supported quad ready

Today I finished all the remaining, so the quad is finally ready for the first takeoff.

I had to put some additional heatsinks for the LED because it got hot really fast. On the other side, the light output is excellent. It seems that the Runcam Owl is much more sensitive to infrared light than the former CC1564 camera. However, some genius@Runcam decided to sell this product with an IR blocking filter!!! so I had to replace the factory lens for another, IR allow one.

Simply check the difference:

And the final pictures about the build:

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Maiden is by tomorrow night.

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3D printed M170 quad - build almost ready

Hardly done, but I had assembled averything together, except the infrared illuminator. It will be mounted after the successful maiden.

The AUW is now 489g, that will growb a bit above 500g when the illuminator and the appropriate heatsinks are mounted.

Powered by Betaflight, at 4k/4k/16k. Racestar 20A ESCs are providing Multishot protocol, so I expect the same smoothness as with my M180A race copter.

Currently, the Runcam Owl is built into the frame, that provides sufficient picture even in the darkest light conditions.

Test video from the camera output is here:

And some pics of the AR build:

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I plan the maiden very soon, so stay tuned...


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3D printed M170 frame with IR illuminator support

As the 3D printing technology stepped up recently I decided to create a new frame by it.

The idea came from my friend Adrian who has a 3D delta printer of his own design. After he showed me his first 170-sized race model, I was sure I wanted to have it.

However, slightly modified to fit all my electronics in it, respectively. Plus, I asked him to redesign the project so it supports night flying.

The aim is to have a crashproof, small, lightweight model that has its own infrared illuminator and is capable of night flying even in pitch black.

For the basic model, check here:

The associated pictures of the project:

Printing of the night ops drone is a matter of a few days so real pictures will follow soon, as well as the spec of all the electronics.


Stay tuned...

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