Hi everyone. I'm a bit confused about ArduCopter 2. Is there new hardware or the name came because of some software update?
I have bought the Jdrones Arducopter 1.1 Kit and I don't know what I need to do in order to update it to version 2. I understand from the documentation that it needs the MissionPlanner but it doesn't say exactly where to plug the FTDI cable. I have downloaded the MissionPlanner but I don't understand if I can use the miniusb port from the APM or I need the FTDI cable.
Can you please give me a clear explanation about all that?
ArduCopter 2 is still in BETA... maybe it's not the right time for you to try it... I suggest reading the Wiki for ALL your questions.
and to answer your FTDI/USB question, forget the FTDI, USB is all you need
thank you for your reply Dany. I'm so new to all this and I just find documentation very complicated.
Is it possible that you recommend which software to upload to my Arducopter?
Also, my other big problem is how to fly the Copter for the first time. Documentation says only some generic things, possibly for people with past experience with other UAVs. I can't find on the documentation, or on the Forums some specific details or videos on how to simply take off or land the craft.
After I arm the motors it's really hard to keep the craft level with the ground and some times the craft rolls over... I have already destroyed one set of blades :)
If you can recommend some tutorials for that then please do so. I'm really on a dead end here. I bought the Kit and for the last few weeks I'm only reading the documentation and I was never able to fly the craft... With the new ArduCopter 2 documentation things got a lot more complicated. Now I'm confused if I can use MissionPlanner with my Arducopter 1.1 or I need to stick with CLI and the Configurator.
Any help will be much appreciated :)
arducopter 1.1 only supports CLI and configurator
Arducopter 2 is simply new software, which is beta for now
to your flying questions:
-calibrate your accelerometers and everything else before atempt to fly
-hold it in your hand and see if it responds to movements (it should try to keep leveled)
-try if it responds to your sticks
-place it on the ground where you have enough space for flying (not in your house!)
-give it enough throtlle to lift off to, let's say 1m height (you have a lot of turbulences on the ground)
-try to keep it in this position and see how it reacts on your inputs
-take a deep breath
-try this a few times
next thing you could do is try flying some patterns (rectangles, circles, etc) but try to keep the nose pointing away from you
when you can do all this, try to fly a circle with yawing (remember that it flies the other way round when the nose points at you ;) )