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APM:Plane 2.76 released

Started this discussion. Last reply by Glen Wimberley Feb 5. 30 Replies

I've just released APM:Plane 2.76 with an important bug fix.Please see the release announcement for details.Continue

APM:Plane 2.75 released

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Tridgell Nov 12, 2013. 29 Replies

APM:Please 2.75 has now been released.Have a look at the release notes in the forum for lots of details on the…Continue

APM:Plane 2.74 released

Started this discussion. Last reply by Quentin Mayberry Jun 10. 817 Replies

The APM dev team is delighted to announce the release of APM:Plane 2.74, a major new release with a lot of new…Continue

ArduPlane 2.74beta3 released

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andrew Tridgell Jul 15, 2013. 18 Replies

I've just released ArduPlane 2.74beta3. I'm hoping this will be the last beta before the 2.74 release. Please test it as much as you can!The simplest way to try it is to use a pre-built firmware from…Continue

 

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Matthias Badaire commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"1/ amount of metrics I could not find a definite answer but the max amount of data seems to be 1200 bps = 150 Bytes/s  currently each metric cost 4 bytes. we send 7 of them (mode,sats,baro meters, baro centimeter, batt voltage,current…"
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Mike commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"I guess the starting point if there is going to be discussion would be with interested parties having a list of all of the Mavlink telemetry data items that are available to select from. Is this readily accessible anywhere in a concise form? How…"
14 hours ago
Matthias Badaire commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"I am sure different people will want different metrics : hdop, failsafe mode, pre arm checks ,... but I would like some consensus on this . is there any way to do a poll on diydrones / ardupilot forum /... ? diydrones forum interface is very ..…"
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Mike commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"Quick answer, thanks"
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Matthias Badaire commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"it is already done by Randy http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/common-frsky-telemetry/ see pull request for the metrics currently working https://github.com/diydrones/ardupilot/pull/1266 Currently it implementsBarometer altitude (Alt)Battery…"
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Parke @ ParkeFlyer commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"Automatic Terrain Following... wow! I'm looking forward to seeing this in action. Very cool. Very impressive."
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Swift commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"+1 with Mike.  Matthias please hurry!.... *joking* ... seriously I would also would like additionnal documentation regarding FrSky telemetry."
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Swift commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"Wow... Tridge you are and will still be my hero till the day I die. Fantastic work ArduPlane Team! Love Eric"
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Andrew Tridgell commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"@Mike, I'm hoping that Matthias might do a wiki page on the FrSky telemetry setup soon. @Ivan, APM2.6 is still supported, although some features (such as terrain following) just can't work on a 2.6. Eventually we will have to drop the APM2…"
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Ivan Kostic commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"Great! Going to test it soon! Is there any sign for attention for apm2.6 owners :) ?"
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Mike commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"A great set of enhancements. Thanks. Where would I go to see more information about the item "added support for FrSky telemetry via SERIAL2_PROTOCOL parameter" please?"
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Joris Stork commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"Consistently impressive stuff."
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Daniel Portillo commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"Thanks Tridgell"
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Stephen Gloor commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post Demonstration of CanberraUAV image search algorithm
"For anyone trying to install the latest CUAV - tridge must have added some stuff as I had to install a new package to get it to work. You need to add these new packages: sudo apt-get install libxml2 libxml2-dev libxslt1-dev zlib1g-dev And then lxml…"
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Mark Bolton commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"Thanks Tridge.  I am a big fan of integrating flight controllers with TX telemetry.  For the price a FC, you get all of the telemetry sensors for free, could not be happier to see this development."
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Andrew Tridgell commented on Andrew Tridgell's blog post APM:Plane 3.1.0 released
"@Mark, for now it's the older D series, but Matthias is working on S-port support and we expect that in a future release. "
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APM:Rover 2.46 released

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 3:04pm 5 Comments

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 2.46 of APM:Rover. This is a major release with a lot of new features and bug fixes.



This release is based on a lot of development and testing…

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APM:Plane 3.1.0 released

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 1:54pm 22 Comments

The ardupilot development team is proud to announce the release of version 3.1.0 of APM:Plane. This is a major release with a lot of new features and bug fixes.



The biggest change in this release is the addition of automatic terrain following. Terrain following allows the autopilot to guide the aircraft over…

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First flight of ArduPilot on Linux

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 8:59pm 43 Comments

I'm delighted to announce that the effort to port ArduPilot to Linux reached an important milestone yesterday with the first flight of a fixed wing aircraft on a Linux based autopilot running ArduPilot.

As I mentioned in a…

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Terrain following added to APM:Plane

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 9:41pm 27 Comments

In preparation for the upcoming APM:Plane 3.1.0 release I thought it would be useful to showcase some of the new features that have been added.

The biggest new feature in this release is automatic terrain following. That is something I have wanted to add for a long time, and it is now finally done, prompted by…

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Comment Wall (12 comments)

At 7:20pm on November 27, 2012,
300km
moglos
said…

Hi Andrew

It looks like my navigation gremlin isn't completely solved. I've posted an update with images and logs at http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/fly-away-saved-at-1-8km-help-with-logs-please

I wonder if you're able to see anything else obviously wrong?

Thanks

Moglos

At 8:12pm on December 19, 2012, Jamie Glover said…

Tridge, can I bother you to look over 5 log files to see if you can spot the crash and possibly what happened? I was flying my Skywalker with the exact same setup as always and have had many successful flights until yesterday. Two back to back and a totaled plane now. In FBWA it would go into a steady downward pitch. It was unresponsive to any of my input. I tried manual and RTL with no response. I had I think 5 logs on the APM after the flight and Ive looked through them, but Im not sure what Im looking at. The plane on the last crash stayed dangling in a tree for about 4 hours while I tried to get it down. Anyways, I would greatly appreciate your input. Email me if you wouldnt mind taking a look at the logs.

Thank you sir.

Jamie

At 12:51pm on March 16, 2013, Gary McCray said…

Hi Andrew, Ive just finished putting in a section on how to flash your PX4FMU board with the latest developer ArduCopter PX4 code from your firmware object repository.

It's pretty ugly and includes quite a bit of stuff for setting up  development environment as well.

And sadly at the end after flashing the new code to the PX4FMU it still won't establish a MavLink connection with Mission Planner although I am pretty sure the board is properly flashed.

I am giving you the link to my Wiki debacle here: https://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/PX4_First

I would greatly appreciate any feedback you could give.

I actually produced this primarily to get feedback from you as I did not want to waste any more of your time than necessary with incomplete back and forths.

If you can point me in the right direction(s) I would greatly appreciate it and will be happy to modify the Wiki page appropriately.

I figure that if we can get this simplest FMU only one to be "acceptable" the rest should fall into place fairly easily.

Thank You very much for your assistance with this.

Gary McCray grmccray@yahoo.com (Please feel free to Email direct if you wish).

At 9:42am on April 22, 2013, Sid said…

Hi Andrew - 

I am new to ArduPlane development and having trouble getting it to build with Arduino.  

I would greatly appreciate any direction you can provide on what I am doing wrong.

This is what I have done:

I have downloaded Arduino 1.0.4, 1.0.3 and 1.5.2... I get the exact same set of errors whenever I tried to do a Verify / Compile of ArduPlane with any version of Arduino.  

There has to be something very basic here that I am missing.

I went here to get the latest Arduino development environment http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software
There I downloaded Arduino 1.5.2
I extracted that to c:\Programming\Arduino
Then I was able to open Arduino and build their example programs without any errors.
I followed these instructions for getting set up for doing development:  http://arduino.cc/en/Guide/Windows
No problems with building the Blink test example.
I set up the Arduino Sketchfolder here:  C:\Users\Sid\Documents\Arduino
I set this in Arduino's preferences
I then went to this page and followed the instructions for setting up ArduPlane development https://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/wiki/Code
I went here and downloaded the latest ArduPlane software - ArduPlane 2.7.1  https://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/downloads/detail?name=ArduPlane-2.71.zip&can=2&q=
I unzipped it to my desktop.
I then copied them to the Arduino Sketchbook folder as shown on Chris' web page (only using Sid instead of Chris).
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I then opened Arduino 1.5.2 and did a Verify / Compile and got the following error messages:
ArduPlane:239: error: new declaration 'uint8_t digitalRead(uint8_t)'
C:\Programming\arduino-1.5.2\hardware\arduino\avr\cores\arduino/Arduino.h:102: error: ambiguates old declaration 'int digitalRead(uint8_t)'
ArduPlane:1288: error: expected constructor, destructor, or type conversion before 'int'
ArduPlane.pde: In function 'int SKETCH_MAIN(int, char* const*)':
ArduPlane:1288: error: 'OK' was not declared in this scope
compat.pde: In function 'uint8_t digitalRead(uint8_t)':
compat:33: error: new declaration 'uint8_t digitalRead(uint8_t)'
C:\Programming\arduino-1.5.2\hardware\arduino\avr\cores\arduino/Arduino.h:102: error: ambiguates old declaration 'int digitalRead(uint8_t)'
I am at a loss as to what I am doing wrong here and I hate asking for help.  Any direction would be really appreciated.  I will be ecstatic when I am able to get ArduPlane to build and can start doing real development with it.
Thanks again.
Sid

At 5:39pm on April 22, 2013,
Developer
Andrew Tridgell
said…

Hi Sid,

Have a look at http://firmware.diydrones.com/ under Tools, in the Arduino directory. That is the Arduino version you need.

Also see http://dev.ardupilot.com/ for more developer information.

Cheers, Tridge

At 8:07pm on May 24, 2013, Vishnu Rao said…
Hey Andrew! I'm flying an X8 with APM 2.5. I have quite struggled trying to tune the bird to the right PID settings. Lately I have been using the X5 Param file posted in the Common config website.
I noticed the X8 in your display picture, can you help me by sending me the parameter file you've been using?
My AUW is 4kgs. Any changes or suggestions to keep it safe and stable? I've taken care of the wings. Also when I was using the Arduplane 2.72, my plane would snake around while navigating. Is there anything I would've missed out?
Please help.
Thanks!
At 5:52pm on July 22, 2013, Philip said…
Hi Tridge
I sent you an email on your Samba email address with my contact details, will be up in Canberra tomorrow. Would be great to catch up if you are around.
Phil
At 10:28pm on September 15, 2013, MD said…

Hi Tridge,

Would it be feasible to code something to use the laser altimeter currently discussed on top content blog (link below). It's the first low cost and accurate one I've seen and could be used for both arducopter and arduplane, would be really good for autoland for both and avoidance, not to mention the what to do with it if put on a servo. Possible? If so, who would be best to ask to do this? Thanks.

Ryan

http://diydrones.ning.com/forum/topics/lightweight-low-cost-laser-altimeter

At 11:28pm on November 21, 2013, Paul Classon said…

Dear Andrew, I recently got back into RC modelling after 50 years (64 now) there have been some significant advances in both radio and airframes since the old OS Pixie days and rubber escapements.  I bought a Bixler 1 now a 2 which I wanted to fit one of the Hobbyking Crius AIO FC's to. The Multiwii and megapirate AIO FC with a Atmega 2560 MCU.  Which firmware would you advise to upload, preferably something which will make the setup as much plug and play as possible. Are you aware of any periodic gatherings down here in Melbourne for like minded RC flyers?  I thank you in advance BR Paul.

At 12:11pm on December 21, 2013, Jamie Glover said…

Hey Tridge,

I went out earlier this week and flew a mission with the University's plane to test out the GeoSearch program. After completing the mission, I put it into FBWA to bring it down for a landing. about 75 ft off the ground, it went into an straight down nose dive. This is the second time its happened, but this one was unrecoverable. Needless to say the crash totaled the plane. I was wondering if you could look through the logs to see if it is possibly the same issue as the bug that was fixed in 2.76.  I was running 2.76 firmware. I looked through the logs and you can see where the APM received the command to pull out of the dive, but the servos never responded to the command.  Anyways, I was thinking it is either the bug or an interference problem from a cell phone tower about a mile away. My professor wants to make sure either way before we put more money into the project. Ive attached the log files and would greatly appreciate any feedback.

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