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PIxhawk Bug (Hw or SW ?) on compassmot procedure

Started by Hugues. Last reply by Bill Isenberger 10 hours ago. 16 Replies

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For Sale: ArduCopter, RC, batteries, charger, spare parts, ...

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I have a functional ArduCopter and associated RC transmitter, batteries and charging equipment for sale.  I no longer have time to fly so must unload full package for $650 (+shipping).  More details…Continue

where was it going?

Started by George. Last reply by George on Saturday. 2 Replies

I was doing some low and slow figure 8s with my 3DR quad in the park when suddenly it started a fast climbing turn, heading for points south, until it crash landed about 30 feet up in a tree:  …Continue

Hexa-B, APM 2.5 Controller and DX8/AR8000 Setup HELP!

Started by Peter Klimon. Last reply by Victor Miranda on Saturday. 5 Replies

PLEASE - Can someone with similar configuration please email me a Spektrum DX8 configuration file so I can get back on track with my ArduCopter build? I would especially be interested in settings for…Continue

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Comment by Shyam Balasubramanian on July 27, 2013 at 7:16am

@Mark,

That may be old I think, this is new:

http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/flying-arducopter/

This is the Wiki page for Arducopter! You will find systematic and clear instructions here.

Comment by mark on July 27, 2013 at 7:08am

@Wessie, thanks for the tip... Just googl'd it and got: http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/AC2_Preflight    ... Going to try this out and see where I get.

Thanks all!

Comment by mark on July 27, 2013 at 4:28am

@Wessie, I have done nothing other than do calibrating the esc and compass. Please explain as I am super excited to get this copter off the ground!

Comment by Wessie on July 26, 2013 at 11:31pm

@Mark

Sounds like you need to do the Hand tests now. The hand tests consists of 2 parts, the stablilse test, and the control test.

Have you done this yet? If you are not sure, let me know and I will explain.

Comment by Raymond Choat on July 26, 2013 at 6:35pm

Yes I have used retract landing gear on my HEX. I only use one, that retracts out of way of camera. The other two legs are normal for stability. I tried 2 retracts and legs were too wobbly. It takes two legs at least to be stable.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=...

Comment by mark on July 26, 2013 at 6:13pm

So thanks to this group I have the Arducopter almost ready to fly. I now have it getting power, have calibrated the ESCs... and I have already tried to take my first flight.

For some reason, I am no able to calibrate the 5th chanel on my 9x tgy radio. Oh well, do that later as I assume it will just be in stable mode when I attempt to do a fist flight.

I gave it a little power and then it seems to power up it self to take off mode (even though I only have it on 1/8 throttle.... is that normal?

Anyway, once it get to the point where the motors are spinning really fast, it just starts to fall backward ... then I take the trottle down and try to catch it before it eats the dirt (again).

The gps is working perfect, the power is great, I have all of the tgy 9x controls (except for throttle) down to 40% so I wont give it too much one way or the other. Is that the right way to do this?

Sorry to ask so many questions, but I just dont want this thing to each dust or fly away before I even get a chance to have control!

Thanks in advace all!

mark

Comment by mark on July 26, 2013 at 12:35pm

@novrizal herdananto   THAT WAS IT!!!!!! HOLY CHIT THANKS SOOOOOO MUCH

LOVE YOU BROTHER!

Comment by John McGrath on July 26, 2013 at 7:59am

Anyone using or tried to use some type of retractable landing gear for a 3D Hexa? If so did you home brew it or did you buy something? I am not happy with the 3D long gear I have now. I see a nice set of carbon fiber but was thinking of retractable for better AP work.

Comment by novrizal herdananto on July 26, 2013 at 12:54am

@mark,

looking at your video again, and paused at 0:18, seems like yellow wire is connected to unused port. looks very different with this

this is yours:

for better reference: http://api.ning.com/files/R7xD32zz-xSYTL5AkK3BDSfcWrXv*afm7fIHQk4jDfZw93ZH0Ed9a5PSR2SSk6CaXhLy*POvvmskNQRlBy7sGh6jkO*Axolu/APM2.5BoardGPSConnectors.jpg

Comment by mark on July 25, 2013 at 9:17am

Well I am totally bummed. I guess the only thing I can do now is get a new gps cable and try that. So close but so far. I guess it is back to the KK2 board. Oh well.

 
 
 

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