Ok guys, with all the people waiting on APM2 and all the exciting new alpha and beta releases of APM firmware coming, I think many people are starting to chomp at their bits, a little.
To that end, I've opened up this discussion for all those with complaints. As I've joined the Dev Team, and not at a productive stage yet, I'll monitor this discussion, and relay things to the others on the Dev Team.
These could be both hardware or software, or just general rants and raves!
Hope everyone takes advantage of this! Maybe we'll all learn some things in the process.
Just wanted to add this response from Chris Anderson:
Please just contact email@example.com and inquire about the status of your order. They are not necessarily shipped in order. For example, the unsoldered ones are shipped first, because they're faster to put together. Then soldered with GPS, then soldered without GPS (or maybe those two in reverse order, I can't remember). There are approximately 50 going out each day and the team tells me that the backlog should be over by Mon/Tues of next week.
I agree, please use this discussion for Rants and Raves. Order issues should be directed to 3DR directly. I think you will get better response there.
3dr denies the credit every time I call. I dont think anyone speaks for 3DR in here "officially" 3dr seems to love the integration with the forum blog in the interviews online however it seems they distance themselves from it when it doesnt benefit them.
irritating to be treated like I was..... going to go shoot some rounds down range and call it a weekend.
This is the official word, from me: If you have been waiting more than eight weeks, you will get $100 in store credit.
KP: Please PM me your order number and I will get you the exact status or your order.
There are hundreds being made right now, but they also have to go through testing before they're shipped, so the exact status of any order is not an easy question to answer, especially for a shipping clerk who is not on the production floor.
Those of you who pre-ordered and are frustrated, just think of the poor guys like me. I procrastinated and didn't get to pre-order because I put it off. Its my own fault. This looks to be a good product and I will gladly wait for it.
Now for a serious question. When I was looking at pre-ordering, I saw that you could get the APM2.0 with or without GPS and something else. For a newbie, is there a different GPS that would be better? I suspect the basic build is best but thought I'd ask. Thanks
Well, if you don't get the builtin GPS, then you need an external one. This gives you the flexibility a longer cable and ability to mount it in a more convenient location. Also you get the option of using a different model of GPS, and future proofs it.
Can you get more accurate GPS? Cabling and electronics is easy, understanding how this system works is taking some time but I am learning.
Get it away from other interference xmters freq's. If your receiver has good filtering it can help. However overloading a front end receiver's sensing amplifier will never help.
Right now, I don't think you can get a more accurate GPS. The Ublox, one with the omni antenna, looks interesting. Nice to have an omni antenna, makes mount options more flexible.
Thanks for the replies. Now I just have to wait till ordering opens again. I am anxious to experiment. Now to read read read, learn learn learn
I've been wanting to experiment with one of the 3DRobotics Optical Flow Sensors.
I put my name on the email notification list so that I would know when they were back in stock.
Got the back in stock email today at 4:00 pst.
Tried to order one today at 5:30 cst, and got the out of stock message.
Did they sell out that fast?
In addition to the enquiry from Greg Owen I am also wondering about the daughterboards and their placements.
To be honest, I have been scared to ask about it anywhere fearing that I might post it in the wrong place. The other discussions surely did not make you feel free to post anything without making sure it hasnt been asked/posted in the last 50 pages.
Regardless, here are a few questions about the product (which I cant figure out where to ask)
Reading up I got the impression the sensor board is an interchangable module or removable shield. It is after all called a "daughter board" or a "shield" and by implication detachable. This seems not to be the case at all. Correct me if I am wrong, but the boards are completely inseperable(soldered) and one is advised against seperating them. The nice picture/diagram on https://store.diydrones.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=BR-ArduP... might give you the impression that it is removable, but it is not.
1. What happens if I damage a sensor or want to upgrade my sensor board?
2. What happens if the main board gets damaged, do I have to replace both?
3. Can they be ordered separately and is there pricing available for the shields?
Of course this has a big impact on your model layout and I think this information should be available and clear before you place your order.
Thanks for making this discussion available....