Yes, it will hold it's altitude but it won't work as auto recovery.
To give you a big more confidence check the mag and gps first:
Take off and get the quad up to 5 meters or so and get it's altitude somewhat stable. Flick the auto pilot on for a few seconds and then off. If nothing unusual happened then do it again but for a longer period of time.
One of a couple of things are likely to happen:
- it'll hold it's position fairly well
- it won't seem to do anything - probably didn't get a gps lock for some reason so you're still in 100% control
- it starts flying away - maybe you've acidentally turned on acro mode?
Randy, I installed my mag yesterday and am doing some testing today. I set the max angle to 12 and it is finding north in the horizon view.
I'm going to do a test now but I'm curious why my Pitch Axis and Roll Axis don't stay the same in configurator. What would cause it to have to be adjusted or is that normal after some flying?
Here is a copy of my config screen. Everything seem normal?
do you have xbee connection?
if you have, I would type "4" in serial monitor
it should display:
GPS.Time; Lattitude; Longitude; GPS.Altitude; Ground_Speed; Ground_Course; GPS.Fix; sattellite count
That must be it because when i connect to it via configurtor via xbee, i get a solid blue on the gps but get this in the serial monitor.
0 0 0 0 0 0
F11 - i'm afraid it won't work without a mag. the reason is that the quad needs to know which way is north. You might think that the GPS could be used to figure this out but actually it can't because in a quad you don't tend to go straight forward very much. you're moving back and forth all the time and the GPS updates are (relatively) slow.
which one is suggested? Right, the DIYDrones one.
read the wiki!!
So what happens if you switch on the GPS hold without mag? I've tried it and my quad tries to fly away. (and no it's not the acro switch by accident) I'm just curious as to what it tries to do if it doesn't have a mag?