Information

ArduCopter User Group

Discussion group for ArduCopter users

Members: 2285
Latest Activity: 1 hour ago

Discussion Forum

Build APM 2.6 for data logger

Started by Vitalii S.. Last reply by Vitalii S. 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

Hi!I want to build small data logger for our plans. We want to use it on light gliders so every additional gram and mm has great importance. It should be really small, like 50*40*5 mm  or less ( I…Continue

MAVLink Tutorial for Absolute Dummies (Part –I)

Started by Shyam Balasubramanian. Last reply by Alejandro Hincapié 14 hours ago. 74 Replies

Hi All,I was recently fiddling around the code for a while and decided to create a tutorial out of it so that others may find it useful. If I would have known this knowledge long back, I am sure I…Continue

Tags: Ardupilot, Mega, the, program, to

How to assign a receiver channel as a pass-thru Pixhawk ?

Started by Hugues. Last reply by Geert Pirens 17 hours ago. 30 Replies

Hi,I would like to configure two radio channel of my receiver to pass-through Pixhawk on its RC aux channels (that is the RC9 to RC14 aux PWM outputs).I found in mission planner the RCx_FUNCTION…Continue

Camera Pan Tilt Power

Started by Damo. Last reply by HOH yesterday. 4 Replies

With JP1 removed, is it ok to power my finwing 390 pan tilt servos from the oututs of the APM on channels 6 and 7?thanksDamoContinue

Comment Wall

Comment

You need to be a member of ArduCopter User Group to add comments!

Comment by Bob Kirkpatrick on November 12, 2013 at 11:23pm

Reply to +David Pawlak. Assuming your bought the RTF, your three position switch defaults to Stabilize, Loiter and RTL. You can reconfigure these in Mission Planner if you like. You will need to reprogram your radio to add the ability to select more flight modes from the Transmitter switches. This link will help if you got the Spektrum DX7s. I strongly recommend that you check and tighten all airframe screws! The X8 is mostly RTF, but it will be a lot easier to control if you perform compass and accelerometer calibration. Remember to select APM with external compass. I also suggest manual setting of your magnetic declination. I really like my X8 and get flight times of 16 mins or more with a 3S 6 amp 20C Lipo.

Comment by David Pawlak on November 12, 2013 at 7:05am

I am receiving my X8 today, and I  need to know how to piece together the information I need.

Latest stable version, modes of operation, troubleshooting etc. I have a PixHawk, I suppose modes of operation are similar, channel asignments etc.

Comment by Neuro on November 7, 2013 at 2:20pm

How do I make my apm 2.5 quad a bit more responsive in stabilize mode? its a little sluggish kinda slow, I want a little faster foreword flight.also is it normal for the quad copter too loose a lot of altitude during foreword flight? whats a good takeoff weight for a dji 450 clone? running a Zippy 4500 may compact lipo , takeoff weight is at 1245g

Comment by TheMightyThor on November 5, 2013 at 4:10pm

Hello All, i am looking for more details on Scripting Missions in Mission Planner and Andropilot, can anyone point me in the right direction for the specifics on python for Mission planner? thanks in advance

Comment by Alan Jump on November 4, 2013 at 8:19am

Marc, if you're completely new to flying quadrotors, I'd strongly suggest you start by learning to fly one of the small ready-to-fly aircraft on the market, e.g. Traxxas QR1 or similar. Multirotors are typically more stable than conventional helicopters, but "more stable" doesn't mean "flies hands-off out of the box", and you'll spend quite a bit of time bouncing off things (and replacing props) until you learn how to hold a stable hover, how to determine aircraft orientation, and so forth. It's cheap insurance, and prop strikes from one of those hurt a great deal less than prop strikes from a 450mm quad.

Comment by Bob Kirkpatrick on November 4, 2013 at 2:28am

+Marc Baptista, if you're totally new to multirotors, you may want to learn by starting with a ready to fly system and branching from there. For the initiated, a build is not all that challenging, it's a matter of combining components you already understand and know what to expect from to achieve the characteristics you want. (maneuverability, duration, heavy lift, ultra stability, autonomous flight, whatever.) To that end, I highly recommend a 3D Robotics product like their Y6 or Quad. They use the APM flight control system and you will learn TONS of things just going through the various calibrations and learning about Mission Planner, the core of programming and adjustment of the APM flight system. Rolling your own can be cheaper, but not by much, really, unless you have solid knowledge of the hobby. This is just my opinion, others may disagree. But diversity is one of the cool aspects of DIY Drones --lots of perspectives, but all supportive and success oriented. By the way, it costs nothing to go through the APM documentation. It's an excellent learning tool in addition to explaining the APM functions. Click Here.

Comment by Marc Baptista on November 3, 2013 at 10:20pm

Colour me completely new. I'm very keen however, and absolutely, intensely want to get into building my first quad drone. Can anyone show me where to start. Easy with simple parts and considering this will be my first build, a step-by-step instruction. Appreciate that and thanks in advance... I must add that I am a bit intimidated by all the acronyms, parts, and a basic understanding of the components.. Willing to read-up and learn if necessary. I'd rather just jump in.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on November 2, 2013 at 10:38pm

@Neuro, Sad to hear!  Keep your chin up and learn from it.  That's about the only thing you can do. :) Smile! 

Comment by Neuro on November 2, 2013 at 10:25pm

first crash tonight........that sucked broke arm and a landing strut.... 

Comment by valentin colon on November 1, 2013 at 5:27am

it dosnt' connect to the quad xbee , work but works great on my laptop

 
 
 

© 2014   Created by Chris Anderson.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service