Hello, I've begun flying FPV with my fixed wing. I've only been into the hobby a few months and really enjoy it. I'd like to build/purchase a tri/quad rotor to use at my department. In a few searches for these pre-made for "law-enforcement" the cost is WAY out of range for our budget, 20K plus.
I'm hoping I could build something which can do what I think we need for a lot cheaper. But Since I know very little over all I was hoping to get some guidance here.
My goal would be to be able to fly within 1km of the base station.
Hold altitude and position. Remain airborne for 30 minutes.
Send video to the ground station and record hi-def on board (ground station would be a laptop running some sort of video capture software via a capture card.
Would be nice to have a zoom option on the camera, but not at first if it is cost prohibitive. Same with thermal.
Starting small (as in price) to get the concept down and decide if it is something we really need, and then being able to upgrade the same platform with added features would be a desired choice for me.
I'm hoping to be able to get this project "off the ground" if you will under 5k. Is this doable?