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Lithium Ion Cells

Started by yuvraj. Last reply by yuvraj 15 hours ago. 2 Replies

I Have one question is that yesterday I have bought Lithium ion cells…Continue

Tags: Cells, Ion, Lthium

New firmware : which improvement is APM only, Pixhawk only, or for both ?

Started by Drone-University.com. Last reply by Drone-University.com on Wednesday. 2 Replies

Hi,Would be cool when you release new firmware improvement list if you could mention every single time which AP (APM / Pixhawk) is concerned, as this is not super clear when the list of improvements…Continue

Airspeed sensor issue

Started by Tibor. Last reply by Tibor on Monday. 1 Reply

Hi, I couldn't make the airspeed sensor work. It only shows numbers mainly below 1, sometimes it goes up to 1.1 and that's it. Doesn't matter if I blow into the pilot tube the number doesn't change…Continue

Tags: sensor, airspeed

Log Bitmask type and calculator ?

Started by Martin. Last reply by Dennis Okeefe Jan 24. 9 Replies

Hi ArduPlane people.  Can somebody tell me what data type the log_bitmask parameter value is for ArduPlane (V3.X) ?In ArduCopter it's a signed value (2's complement). Is it in Plane also ?On from…Continue

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Comment by Bill Bonney on January 10, 2015 at 10:14pm

You need to set the ARSPD_PIN parameter = 65 for it to work 

Comment by healthyfatboy on January 10, 2015 at 7:40pm

Great to know! I guess I forgot there's also I2C on the APM2.


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Comment by Andrew Tridgell on January 10, 2015 at 1:25pm

The I2C digital airspeed sensors do work with APM2.

Comment by healthyfatboy on January 10, 2015 at 11:33am

If you don't currently have an airspeed sensor, you have to turn that off in the optional hardware menu. You're seeing junk data because it's reading whatever noise is on the analog pin and interpreting whatever it sees.

You can't calibrate something that's not there and dial it in. The board is just seeing a bunch of noise.

The APM2.6 can't use the digital airspeed sensor. Just get an analog one and follow the Wiki/Manual and it'll tell you how to get it connected and set up. Then go to the airspeed tuning section of the manual and get that going as well.

Comment by Patrick O'Neill on January 10, 2015 at 10:40am

Thanks for the responses guys! So turn off Airspeed Sensor in MP where? and I do want to know my AS indicated and have only seen the analog sensor by 3DR and  pitot tube variety. Please link me the "digital" ASs unit option.

So then...what would cause my current AS to be so way off and jumping round-aboutly. Can I manipulate the params to dial it in or is there possibly an outside interference of sorts to consider?

Thanks again, Patrick

Comment by Gustav Kuhn on January 10, 2015 at 1:30am

Coming from a gliding background, yes, the airspeed sensor is almost essential in a plane.

Secondly, APM 2.x and all it's clones uses the analogue sensor.

As does the old APM 1.x, yes, I still fly those !

Comment by Josh Welsh on January 10, 2015 at 1:21am

Are you certain the digital airspeed sensor works with the APM?  I thought that was Pixhawk and above..

Comment by Grant Morphett on January 9, 2015 at 9:04pm

Hi Patrick.  An Airspeed Sensor is a good idea as without it the APM is "estimating" the airspeed from the other sensors.  Make sure you get a digital one though.

Thanks.  Grant

Comment by healthyfatboy on January 9, 2015 at 6:31pm

If you don't have an airspeed sensor, you can't calibrate it. Just turn off the airspeed sensor option in MP and those readings and warnings will go away.

For the best performance, it's good to have an airspeed sensor but you can get by without one as well.

Comment by Patrick O'Neill on January 9, 2015 at 2:31pm

Hi all!

Patrick in California here!  I am a new APM2.6 user and have set it up in one of my creations. As of now I use 3 flight modes, which all work well, to get to know her better. They are, Manual, Stabilize, and RTL.

Hardware is; PM, MinumOSD, APM2.6 with external uBlox Neo GPS plus compass, and 915ghz 3DR telemetry. All controlled by FrSky DHT hack in an Airtronics RDS8000 radio.

Point is here...I like!

So I am tuning her up and have run into the age old question of, to buy an airspeed sensor or, not to buy an airspeed sensor. Currently airspeed is all over the place in the HUD and with WARNINGS of STALL! all the time with no clue how to calibrate it in. Some just buy a AS sensor and pitot tube and figure it out. But I have come across The MatrixPilot stuff and am intrigued.

Question is here...what to do? Does the MatrixPilot just download to the APM and is ready to use?

Thanks for being there guys, Patrick

 
 
 

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