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uBlox new 6m and APM 2.5.2

Started by mark. Last reply by Bill Bonney 1 hour ago. 4 Replies

I am trying to finish setting up a quad in which i have ordered many different parts. At present, i am having a bit of trouble setting up the GPS, attempting to flash the ublox using the ublox…Continue

Transmitter Loss failsafe

Started by Damo. Last reply by Pedals2Paddles 6 hours ago. 3 Replies

Hello,I want to setup failsafe for my Futaba T6EX tranmitter. I have been following this …Continue

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MavLink Failed: Getting Param... (sysid1 compid1) and then nothing...

Started by Oliver Volkmann. Last reply by Oliver Volkmann 19 hours ago. 10 Replies

This is weird. I am seeing my altitude, ground speed, yaw and vertical speed as well as my position in the Flight Data screen almost immediately after I click on "Connect" in Mission Planner however…Continue

Y6 not lifting off

Started by Ben Snyder. Last reply by Randy yesterday. 19 Replies

I'm trying to get my RTF Y6 off the ground for the first time. I calibrated the ESCs, checked motor spin, ran the calibration wizard in MP (Turns out I had to run a virtual machine on my Mac to use…Continue

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Comment by Leonard Gunter on August 9, 2012 at 5:30pm

i have my sonar mounted on the new 3dr mount is it ok to mount optical flow sensor on it also or will there be interference

Comment by Dan on August 8, 2012 at 4:36am

I'm interested in using four digital (vs analog) led strips to do a sort of animation along the arms of my quad.  The LEDs would light sequentially from outside to in when the quad was descending and inside to out when it was ascending, with the speed of the animation being dependent on the speed of altitude change. 

Do you think the jDrones board handle that?

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on August 7, 2012 at 10:33pm

As a "use case" for the LEDs I am trying to achieve the following:

- Copter Visibility, also for night flying

- Ability to see when a LiPo is plugged in (power-on light)

- Navigational/orientation aid (red/green/white LEDs to distinguish left, right and forward)

- Motors armed or disarmed indicator

- Low voltage warning

- Perhaps flight modes too

Comment by Alec - Sydney on August 7, 2012 at 10:30pm

Bought 4 myself to start with. Just waiting on APM2.5s arrive. Plan is to have the flashing dependant on the current flight mode using mavlink and a few solid on for observation assistance, all powered from 3S LiPo.

I'll let you know how it goes with some detailed instructions if i can.

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on August 7, 2012 at 10:20pm


The LEDs I have allow a very broad voltage range. I am powering them directly from the LiPo at 10-12V.  I was planning on adding a Dean connector to the "high" voltage rail on the IO board, to plug it into the LIPO in parallel to everything else (off the PDB). Then chain the LEDs of the six outputs. 

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2012 at 10:06pm

Andreas: Yes, the software side looks fine. I'm mostly curious about how people have integrated the hardware/LEDs into their copters. 

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on August 7, 2012 at 9:55pm

I got one (jDrones IO board) and I'm trying out the new MAVLink-capable firmware for it. 

Have you seen the online documentation?

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2012 at 9:52pm

Anybody using the jdrones IOboard (LED driver) with ArduCopter? I just got three and am looking for tips on how to use.

Comment by Michael Pursifull on June 12, 2012 at 6:05pm

I feel like I'm having a mental block trying to figure out what's going on with Seyan's copter. He's had it running for some time, and recently it started having problems with stability. Can someone take a look at his post and see if you can spot the issue? I didn't ask if his filters are soldered, but I feel like this is a problem I've seen, and just cannot remember where/why.

Comment by Adam Rivera on May 8, 2012 at 2:13pm

Bradley: Nice work! You have come a long way in a short amount of time. Glad it went well :-)


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