I've just released ArduPlane 2.60
The main new features in this release are:
For a description of the first 3 new features have a look at my previous post. All of these features have been test flown on my PulseXT 40 and have performed very well.
The new roll/pitch/yaw controllers from Jon can be enabled by building with
#define APM_CONTROL ENABLED
in your APM_Config.h. If you enable the new controllers then I strongly suggest you read Jons blog post about the new controllers and how to tune them. These controllers are still experimental, but if we get good feedback on them from users we will quite likely adopt them as the standard controllers in a future release.
Other changes in 2.60 include:
Today I tested my SW168 with Arduplane 2.6.
It flu twice.
First way was almost 7km long with 8 waypoints. Last WP was LOITER_UNLIM. No problems on that.
Second trip was only 3.4km long with 4WPs but 300 meters camber. It was way there and back. Again no problems with it.
The only word I can say is reliable and with suggested parameters from WIKI/APM for SW168 flies really good and stable.
Good works guys, thanks for the version 2.6.
Remarkable is my APM1 is only 1280 so memory limits are unpleasant, no logs, hardcoded GPS_PROTOCOL, no CLI, etc. And with this memory limits and Arduplane 2.6 it flies really good.
@Palo: Good to see that a SW168 is running fine with all the new software! I'm currently going through the last settings of a SW168 / APM2 /AP2.6 as well, just wanted to confirm with you that the config file (parameters) which worked for you were the one you can find on http://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/wiki/ConfigFiles ? there might not be any other anyway....
Did you have to change any particular param ? I might have read somewhere that the current SW config file was not 100% adapted to AP2.6 ? but I could be wrong...
Anyone else with further comment on that ?
tx to all - keep on the good work APM/AP people :-)
I agree with Manu. Always good to read about successfull flight. Thank you for your report Palo. I'm almost done with my Bixler II setup. Need to adjust CG and it will be ready to go. Maiden flight is schedule for next weekend. Question: Palo, did you use stock controller or enabled Jons's controller?
I intend to use stock controller for the first flight but if all goes well.. can't wait to try it.
@Manu:I used this one config file :
I only changed loiter and WP radius other stay untouched.
@Eagle: only stock controller used, didn't want to experiment that soon. Perhaps on next flights...
Thx palo. I will stick to stock controller for now. please let us know if you try it.
My tests will take longer - I lost my Skywalker (not APM failure, just preflight check omited),
I have to take another bigger plane (mine Bluespy 2600mm) and adjust params for it.
I just installed 2.6 on a APM1.4 and am having problems entering CLI mode. I tried 3 returns which normally work but instead it just shows text saying that it's initializing demo servos and then calibrating IMU and then ready for flight. What would prevent it from entering CLI mode or is there some other way I can enter it? I've tried the switch on the board that use to be used but that didn't work either. I have a thread started in the arduplane group.
Looks like Mission Planner 1.2.10 has solved all my Write Mission problems with 2.6. I suspect that it was some sort of a timing problem?
DO_REPEAT_SERVO not work.
Hi Andrew, I'm making with evidence; DO_REPEAT_SERVO command but does not work in arduplane 2.6, when I use this command HIL sumilador funcioan well.
special settings for this command?
I'm having a problem with GPS not being recognized with 2.6 on 2 different APM1.4/1280 boards. I've tried 4 GPS units but am getting nowhere! I've put the details here and would appreciate if anyone has any clue to how I can solve this. I can't even get into terminal mode on either so my testing is limited.
Not sure but this might be related, I've loaded Ardupilot 2.6 HIL on to my APM1 1280 and 2560 and cannot get any GPS data to the mission planner, the plane will fly, but the GPS data that X-Plane 9 generates does not seem to be getting fed back.
See my post
Joshua Beltz reports a similar problem with 2.6 HIL.
I am going to try to roll back to version 2.5 to see if this works.
I know that X-planes is generating the GPS data, and I think that you've concluded that your GPS modules are working, it's just like there is some sort of blockage in feeding the GPS data back to the APM.
I know that HIL doesn't use the actual GPS unit but maybe the cause of the blockage in the transmission of the GPS data is the same in both cases.
This question was posted by Mike back on page 3 and doesn't seem to have been answered.
"Where can I find more information about the "support for the new features in the new MTK GPS firmware" new feature?"
Is this just 1.6 or is there a newer version available?