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Pixhawk external LED?

Started by Hugues. Last reply by André Zibaia da Conceição 8 hours ago. 47 Replies

Hi,Anyone succeeded to install external LEDs on Pixhawk?On APM we could configure the param Led_mode to a binary value representing which actions turn LEDs on A5 and A6.Is there an equivalent feature…Continue

Throttle mid/hover.

Started by Jason Greening. Last reply by Doug Adduci yesterday. 33 Replies

In mission planner it tells me that my throttle hover is 649 or 64.9%. So am I right in assuming I need to set my mid throttle at the same 649?Continue

Mission Planner 1.3.43 problem

Started by Don Roberts. Last reply by Mark Brummett on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Just updated to this and now I don have access to the full parameter list and some main menu items are missing.What is up?Continue

MAVLink Tutorial for Absolute Dummies (Part –I)

Started by Shyam Balasubramanian. Last reply by Randy Grinter on Wednesday. 98 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

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Comment by Bernardo Espinosa on February 25, 2016 at 3:03pm

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Comment by sara abdelhamid on February 8, 2016 at 8:49am

I am building a quadcopter that will fly t takes images for a maze and then sends them to a car (robot) and this car will pass the maze 

I wonder how the two of them will communicate? i need ideas 

my current idea is to use raspberry pi which will control the ardupilot and then sends the  directions 

how will the user communicate with the raspberry ??

Comment by John O'Brien on January 18, 2016 at 9:15pm

Hi there - I am based in Brisbane Australia and bought a 3DR copter a few years ago. I almost have it working - Alt Hold/Loiter/Stab mode work most of the time. Other times it loses its self and hits the dirt. Does anyone in this forum live in Brisbane and would be willing to help me out on a paid basis? I may have an intermittent hardware fault with the acceleromters or the compass. Anyway if someone can help face to face I would really appreciate it. Thanks - I think its a great forum by the way!

Comment by Craig Earon on January 15, 2016 at 7:02am

Greg, you are corect that I am the person registered under the new UAS program. Because of that, I am required to follow the rules they setup. I also have a drivers license and am responsible to drive safely. There have been cases that someone else has interfered with a driver safely driving (say dropping a rock off of an overpass) and that has lead to the person interfering with safe operation of the car going to court.

I am required to put my FAA registration number on my aircraft to identify me for unsafe operation of my aircraft (RC). The FAA classified RCs as aircraft because it flies in airspace controlled by the FAA. They did not chose to registered kites, which also fly in the same airspace (generally below 400 feet). I understand that kites are tethered, and I have seen kites weighing more than a pound. I could tether my quad too, but they still require one to have an identifier they require, while the other doesn't doesn't.

During WWII, balloons were used in large cities with steel cables to bring down enemy aircraft. Kites could be used the same way (hypothetically), yet one is controlled by the FAA and one isn't.

I am unaware of any aircraft that has been damaged by a UAS anywhere. I have seen FAA testing of larger, heavier objects that have hit planes, yet not bright them down. Sure, it may cause damage, but commercial (and private aircraft) continue to operate safely. 

I fly my aircraft (RC) safely, but outside interference by another party could change that and it could hurt someone on the ground. The identifier on my quad would certainly lead to me if that happens, and I would be brought into Federal court to answer for it because of the actions of a third party. 

Of course, all of this I would have to present in court and the judge decides (or a jury). They will be the people that end up adjudicating this question. I do not anticipate ever having to do this myself, but it is possible I could be on a jury that decides that.

Comment by Greg Nuspel on January 14, 2016 at 3:45pm

Craig I think you will find that you are registered not the aircraft. This is the conclusion I read in other places.

Comment by Craig Earon on January 14, 2016 at 3:10pm

i had an interesting thought this morning and I was wondering if anyone had thought about this too. I have registered for the UAS registration. Not that I am especially pleased with it, I I have done work for the FAA in the past and have friends there today.

Since the FAA is requiring registration and have rules to follow, it would seem to me that should some stranger take offence at my flying and say shoot it out of the air, the FAA would be required to step in considering it is a registered aircraft and prosecute the person for shooting down a registered aircraft in Federal Court.

Since I have not found any reference to something like that, but know if I fly in an unapproved manner I would be proseccuted in a Federal Court myself. I have sent this question to the FAA, but have not yet had a response. I am pretty sure they will respond at some point, but considering that the FAA felt obligated to control this hobby, they also have responsibility to protect unsafe actions by a person that could lead to the destruction of a registered UAS. After all, having it fall from the sky and possibly injuring someone is no different than if an aircraft was shot at. The same may hold true if the signal controlling the UAS is interrupted, causing it to crash.

Overall, this would be a big burden on the FAA since these devices are so popular. Anyone want to speculate as to the answer of that question?

Comment by Clifton Hipsher on October 31, 2015 at 10:12am

@DG:

Yes.  The FC is between the RX and the Quattro.

Comment by DG on October 31, 2015 at 9:25am

Does the FC Failsafe when set up override the motor  cut-off of a HobbyWing Quattro for lost tx signal? According to HW Quattro  manual, it will shut off the motors after 3 seconds IIRC after sensing no throttle. 

Comment by Cala on October 30, 2015 at 7:14pm

Ahh!! It's that perhaps, When you create a blog you can manage answers?, no problem if He prefer like that, I thougth that it was some kind of issue or change with the forum; Thank's Thomas

Comment by Richard Kennedy on October 30, 2015 at 7:13pm

Cala

But wow!!! 1.5 hour flight!!!! Nice!!!! Way to go Forrest!!

btw I got the same message when I tried to post  there so it's not just you :] 

 
 
 

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