I'm going to be working on a boat that I'd like to have controlled by ArduPilot, and I have a few questions.
First of all, are these the major parts I need? (breakaway headers and small pieces, I have) I was reading about needing sensors, not needing sensors, blah blah blah, and wanted to verify that this is what I need for a boat.
ArduPilot - Arduino Compatible UAV Controller w/ ATMega328
FTDI Basic Breakout - 5V (I have a mini-usb - usb cable)
Interface Cable for EM406
Secondly, I saw that ArduPilot 2.1 is pretty much the same as ArduPilot 2.0 except it requires the Z sensor. Obviously, with a boat, I shouldn't need a Z sensor. But is it required for the software to run? I couldn't decide - it seems awfully silly, but it DID says *requires*.
Thirdly, when I first receive the equipment, and I'm about to do all the soldering of pieces here and there - do I follow the ArduPilot 1 instructions? 2? Is there a difference? Do I do the 1, and *then* the 2? I'm a bit confused- is the difference between ArduPilot 1 and 2 purely software? Help!
Lastly, a general GPS question. Does the EM406 model (or any gps module in general) allow you to input a longitude/latitude and go to it directly? I read elsewhere something about smart paths and blah blah. If I give it a lon/lat, is it going to find the shortest route on the nearest roads??
Thanks so much for all the help - I'm new to this, and I got VERY excited when I first read about ArduPilot. (I was about to go and purchase a Gumstix!)