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Tuning Advice Needed for my Quadplane Please

Started by Jacques Eloff. Last reply by Jacques Eloff Jun 16. 2 Replies

I’ve done some basic tests in rotary wing mode (no transition as yet) and I’m looking for some tuning tips. Whilst I have 3 fixed aircraft flying well on Pixhawk, I have very little experience with…Continue

QuadPlane All Ready to Go But Need Some Advice Please

Started by Jacques Eloff. Last reply by Craig Elder Jun 6. 1 Reply

My Quadplane is all ready to go (pic attached) but I have 2 questions I’m hoping someone can help me with. I have done 3 fixed wing Pixhawk planes, so familiar with Plane firmware, but my multirotor…Continue

Should One Re-Calibrate After First Flight?

Started by Jacques Eloff. Last reply by Christopher Rice May 21. 5 Replies

I have a question regarding calibration, hoping someone can give some steer:After initial flights have been conducted in manual mode to baseline a plane, should it not be necessary to recalibrate the…Continue

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Comment by Mark peiffer on May 10, 2016 at 8:55pm

Thanks Craig- that's something I never knew. Really cool. My glider is more modest. I'm really new to pix4 and I was looking for advise or strategies to achieve a RTL on loss of signal or visual ID. Should I use a geofence. Or a loop to achieve a circling descent to the launch site. Thanks for educating me on this project!


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Comment by Craig Elder on May 7, 2016 at 11:01pm

@Mark : lots of gliders and rocket planes too.

Check out Project Lohan http://www.theregister.co.uk/science/lohan/

(Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/08/lohan_summary_vid/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/30/vulture_2_photos/

It's pretty cool

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Comment by Mark peiffer on May 7, 2016 at 7:52pm

I was wondering if anyone has worked on, or knows someone who has, developed a rocket glider or any type of glider application with arduplane.

Comment by Richard Kennedy on April 5, 2016 at 3:54am

@MarioSpeedwagon

I wish there was more in that story about the nuts and bolts of the flight system. It looks very well designed and thought out. I'd say that plane probably has a far superior range of a multi rotor but it's interesting ,and perhaps telling, they didn't share any footage of how they retrieve the plane. That is one advantage of a multi rotor you need basically zero ground clearance for take of and retrieval. Like anything I guess it's hard to have your cake and eat it too. 


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Comment by MarioSpeedwagon on April 4, 2016 at 9:37pm

@Richard,

That's weird timing....a nearby college is sending a few people to Rwanda next week with a multirotor to do some mapping. 

Comment by Richard Kennedy on April 4, 2016 at 7:08pm

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Comment by Bill Bonney on March 27, 2016 at 10:08am

We now have a new shiny discussion and support forum for ArduPilot and supporting projects at http://discuss.ardupilot.org. Please come visit us there for all things ArduPilot. We look forward to seeing you.

Full announcement @ here


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Comment by Grant Morphett on January 24, 2016 at 3:51pm

I've been building an IconA5 Seaplane as I want to test AUTO takeoff and landings on water with ArduPilot. I managed to crowbar a pixhawk and accessories into the plane - just.
The plane comes with removable wheels so I thought I'd fly and tune it on land first. The problem I was having was the nose wheel. It is VERY fragile and I broke it almost immediately. I spent some time trying different ways to secure it but still have it removable for the water takeoff/landings. After it came off again Tridge dared me to try an AUTO takeoff without wheels - CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!
It worked!  Video here:

https://youtu.be/QRNV29HHfDI
This is actually the second AUTO takeoff with no wheels. Because we didn't think it would work we didn't film the first.
This is a full ArduPilot AUTO takeoff. I simply flick the transmitter switch to put the plane into AUTO mode and it does the rest. This is why it heads to the right a bit. Normally in AUTO takeoff the plane will auto takeoff in the direction its pointed i.e. straight down the runway however as it has little directional control on the ground and "squirms" a bit until it picks up speed its direction isn't perfect.

Comment by Jasfer on January 22, 2016 at 7:45am

Do you guys have links on how to install Airspeed sensor on MINI APM 3.1?

Comment by Richard Kennedy on December 17, 2015 at 7:39pm
 
 
 

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