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ArduCopter v3.0.0 peculiarities

Started this discussion. Last reply by Randy Jun 22, 2013. 5 Replies

I took AC3.0.0 for a test flight using my new MAVPilot software as the GCS. I programmed a simple flight path as so…Continue

Tags: 3.0, ArduCopter

GPS cable

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Bonney Jan 4, 2013. 1 Reply

Is there a JST 6 cable to DF13 6 cable. When using the Bixler case the JST cable is hard up against the side at 90deg exit. Mine just broke. Now when you add the new case it there isn't enough room…Continue

Using ATTO sensor and the new APM Power Module connection

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Bonney Jan 4, 2013. 2 Replies

I am powering my APM with two batteries, one for the outputs and one for the inputs. So I don't require the APM Power Module to power my board, but I would like to add V & I sensing for the the…Continue

Tags: Atto, Power, Management

3DR 915Mhz Radio Link not re-established after brown out.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Bonney Oct 16, 2012. 13 Replies

Hi,I have been setting up my configuration of my APM2.5 with 3DR Radio Telemetry link.I've noticed what seems to be quite a serious problem. I am powering my plane using my Lab PSU which limits…Continue

Tags: Telemetry, Radio, 915Mhz


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Bill Bonney commented on Stefan Gofferje's blog post Updated: A closer look at DJI's no-fly zones
"Since my original post was censored i.e deleted, and since the comment remains in the orginal post I consider this comment on-topic. If you you want to warn users about cooparate monitoring, you should not exclude also Windows, Ubuntu and Android…"

Bill Bonney commented on Mike Machado's blog post Announcing MAVBoard Indiegogo Campaign
"Can somebody help me find information on how I can flash an image that allows FrSky receiver be connected up?(both the older D4R-II and the newer X8D) If the software needs some help to gte working, I am happy to offer some help there as well."

Bill Bonney commented on Hugues's blog post How-to guide: Pixhawk with 6S batteries (> 4S)
"the output is scaled for a 3.3V Max ADC, so if you use a ADC at 5V the max Amps goes up to about 135A with the 90A sensor. This means you get better resolution, and potentially more accuracy."

Bill Bonney commented on Hugues's blog post How-to guide: Pixhawk with 6S batteries (> 4S)
"@Colin: that is just a Voltage and Current sensor, not a power module with regulator. Its mislabeled on the RCTimer Store. Beware!"

Bill Bonney replied to chris Lee's discussion Download of logs causing APM Planner 2.0.8 to reboot
"You questions are being answered here which is the best place to get tech support"
Apr 9

Bill Bonney replied to Brad Roekle's discussion Mission Planner waypoints
"Here's a link @StevenG the behaviour is the shortest route between two points, but if an obstacle like a hill is in the way, the copter will crash. The…"
Apr 9

Bill Bonney replied to Brad Roekle's discussion Mission Planner waypoints
"Altitude is set relative to your home position. So 100ft alt is 100ft and any distance from that point. If the ground raises by 50ft you will be 50ft from the ground at that point."
Apr 9
Shyam Balasubramanian commented on Bill Bonney's blog post Announcing APM Planner 2.0 RC1 -- the cross-platform GCS for Mac, Windows and Linux
"Hi Bill, Nice work! I would want to run this on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Would this work? I see a link here, which when installed for my Ubuntu for complaints that libudev1 >386. Also, I tried to compile the APMPlanner similar to done on Raspberry…"
Apr 8

Bill Bonney commented on AKRCGUY's blog post DJI Releases Upgraded Phantom Vision + Model $1299.00
"You can watch video of an Iris from the new DJI Phantom 2 here ;"
Apr 7

Bill Bonney replied to Eddie Anderson's discussion I had a fly-away today.
"The version is the second line of the log file, if you want to avoid the time for a reply. Hope that helps :)"
Apr 7

Bill Bonney commented on Hai Tran's blog post Triathlete sustains head injuries from a drone
"Interesting article from another journalist. This has the runner runner saying she was hit by the drone, but the operator says she fell over out of fear as the…"
Apr 6

Bill Bonney replied to Darryl Cannon's discussion Jerky throttle in Loiter Mode? in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"Loiter is a fly-by-wire mode. The throttle indicates either to go up, i.e above 50% goes up, below to go down. See for Loiter and more info on other flight mode characteristics are here…"
Apr 5

Bill Bonney replied to Alexander's discussion Can't connect Mission planner to APM 2.0
"If it worked before, you will not need to re-wire anything. I had a similar problem when upgrading to V1.8. The fix was to trigger a factory reset for each radio."
Apr 5

Bill Bonney commented on Roberto Navoni's blog post VR GPS Ublox LEA 6H with HMC5983 (2 bus option i2c/spi) is coming
"Other than compatibility with the 3DR module, why use 38mm square ground plane? The data sheet for that antenna uses (25mmx25mmx4mm) uses a 50mm square ground plane.…"
Apr 4

Bill Bonney commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.8 release with Linux builds available
"We have also setup an IRC channel #apm_planner for direct questions, if needed. "
Apr 3
Sam Ley commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.8 release with Linux builds available
"Maybe I looked in the wrong place! I'll download a fresh build and give it another try. Thanks!"
Mar 31

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About Me:
A personable guy that likes to help as this helps me learn the quickest.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I really like the idea of being able to communicate with objects, things, stuff remotely. From my early years connecting a Commodore Vic 20 and Commodore 128 together with bell wire my dad salvaged from a skip to infra-red protocol development on early PDAs. I've been recently inspired by remote 'telemetry', I always think rockets and Apollo with that word!

As I become more informed of this project lets see where it takes me.

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APM Planner 2.0.8 release with Linux builds available

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 7:30pm 16 Comments

We now have a new update to APM Planner. The major achievement is we now have prebuilt linux builds avaiable for debian and Ubuntu flavours.


Functional features include log downloading…


APM Planner 2.0 First Official Stable Release [UPDATED]

Posted on March 10, 2014 at 7:57pm 27 Comments

[UPDATED to 2.0.7: we had a serious issue with serial connectivity and APM2.x and FTDI, it now fixed. All users that download 2.06 will be notified automatically of the new release]

APM Planner…


APM Planner 2.0 RC5 Update

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 11:31am 9 Comments

Just a small update and notification for user of APM Planner 2.0. We have a new release candidate available for people to try. You can find the downloads here 

In this release we have almost 50 fixes & improvements…


3 axis GoPro "Stublizier" Project

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 4:17pm 10 Comments

Interview on The Register with Stuart Smith's ambitious project to build a three axis GoPro stabilized helmet cam that is not a bunch of crazy wires and poorly documented controllers.

And, by the end of 2013, a fair number of 3-axis gimbals were …


Comment Wall (3 comments)

At 5:31pm on September 27, 2012, Stephen R Mann said…

I didn't want to perpetuate bad info.  But since I can edit the original post....

At 7:09pm on January 15, 2014, Aakash Dawadee said…

Hi Bill,

         I read your comment on following thread:

         I have ArduPilot 2.5. I need to get it connected to my linux based computer via the serial port. I soldered jumpers such that UART0 is routed to AutoMUX. I think now, I have UART2 free for use. I would be pleased if you could explain me whether this is correct? Also, could you please explain with example what I have to do to get ArduPilot talking to my linux based computer? I was thinking of modifying firmware codes of ArduPilot. Will this be correct method? or do you have any alternative idea?

At 8:48am on January 16, 2014, BustamyTool said…
I can't connect with mission planner. Keeps saying no heatbeat packets. Plz help

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