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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 Mohamed Saleh Jun 5. 3 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

 

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Bill Bonney commented on MHefny's blog post Andruav - Unlimited Telemetry Range using Mobile Networks (3G, LTE)
"You can set MAVProxy to 'proxy' MAVLink data streams. It's pretty easy to set-up. The challenge is getting the router correctly forwarding data on you internal network to the host server."
16 hours ago

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Bill Bonney replied to Wijoyo Utomo's discussion APM Planner 2.0.15 Map Reset
"Google have changed there map api version. This daily build will fix that issue http://firmware.diydrones.com/Tools/APMPlanner/daily/2014-12-19/ I will release 2.0.16-rc1 today for people to test."
Friday

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Bill Bonney replied to Al Creigh's discussion Max voltage for PM voltage on APM board
"The short answer is don't. No more than 5.5V on the input works best. The board might survive a clean 6V signal, but if it spikes above 6V it's probably…"
Thursday

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Bill Bonney commented on MHefny's blog post Andruav - Unlimited Telemetry Range using Mobile Networks (3G, LTE)
">240-380 ms delay How is this impacted when the server is a different geolocation than the phones? What's the impact when the drone and GCS are connected on different cell towers? LTE can deliver 10ms latency when you are all on…"
Tuesday

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Bill Bonney replied to Cedric Fages's discussion APM Planner and Mac OS X
"You will need to use 2.0.15 for AC3.2. can you try and connect with 2.0.15 and then close, and send the log.txt file from ~/apmplanner2 folder (~ = your Home folder) Thx"
Tuesday

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Bill Bonney commented on MHefny's blog post Andruav - Unlimited Telemetry Range using Mobile Networks (3G, LTE)
"USB is not a good for inflight connections (it's ok on the ground as droid planner can be restarted and doesn't fall out of the sky) It was discussed recently on a dev forum that a serial connection was better due to less complexity, and…"
Dec 16

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Bill Bonney commented on MHefny's blog post Andruav - Unlimited Telemetry Range using Mobile Networks (3G, LTE)
"The biggest challenge with using a mobile phone is that you need to use either USB OTG connectivity or a wireless link on the drone itself ie. BLE/WiFi to connect the devices. This is optimal, a serial interface is much more…"
Dec 15

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Bill Bonney commented on MHefny's blog post Andruav - Unlimited Telemetry Range using Mobile Networks (3G, LTE)
"Ps: more info on telemetry over ip here http://diydrones.com/group/telemetry-over-cellular-ip"
Dec 15

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Bill Bonney commented on MHefny's blog post Andruav - Unlimited Telemetry Range using Mobile Networks (3G, LTE)
"Instead of flying a handset try using dronecell"
Dec 15

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Bill Bonney replied to George Sugden's discussion ADVICE on Roof surveying
"If you use EzUHF you will need a license to use that frequency of 433Mhz. If you get a Amatuer Radio license, you'll be restricted to non-commercial use only."
Dec 15

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Bill Bonney replied to Larry A Amati's discussion taranis & x8r setting failsafe for signal loss
"You'll get a much better failsafe behaviour if you configure the 'internal' APM setup. For example you can have it RTL on signal loss, when not running a mission. ie. if it know where it's going it keeps going. To set this up you…"
Dec 15

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Bill Bonney replied to Cedric Fages's discussion APM Planner and Mac OS X
"you need 2.0.15 form3.2 on Pixhawk as it support dual compass calibration I would try 2.0.15 not the daily builds as they are beat only and not via rested to work (but normally are ok) Did you delete the config file? Try selecting the go to folder…"
Dec 14

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Bill Bonney replied to Pluess Joel's discussion APM Planner 2.0.15, Firmware upgrade error
"1 is already fixed. Work around is to wait for the params to download. 2 we will look into to B should be an easy fix"
Dec 13

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Bill Bonney replied to Cedric Fages's discussion APM Planner and Mac OS X
"We do support for AP2 here http://ardupilot.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=82 I have one other reported problem similar to yours. The solution was to reinstall. You could try deleting the ~/.config/com.diydrones folder as that may fix the issue Hope…"
Dec 13

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Bill Bonney replied to Pluess Joel's discussion APM Planner 2.0.15, Firmware upgrade error
"For the crash, can you explain the steps you do to make that happen, and whih platform you are running (OSX/Windows/Linux) and the version. Thx"
Dec 12

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Bill Bonney commented on Tilman Griesel's blog post OpenFPV Update 2 - Roadmap for 2015, Oculus Rift Support, 5GHz
"Where's the code? This project is called OpenFPV but i find nothing https://github.com/openfpv (actually all link to 'fork on github' return to this post on diydrones. I think really if asking for donations and having a project…"
Dec 12

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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.
Hometown:
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APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 (Beta Release)

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:30pm 5 Comments

APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 release is available.

When we released 2.0.14, we added a feature to subscribe to beta releases (we've called them 'release candidates' i.e. rc releases)

If you would like to help us test these new releases before we declare them stable (which would be awesome!) You…

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APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 5:00pm 66 Comments

NOTE: Parameter settings was also broken. Next release we will also have 'beta' releases so we can avoid these simple mistakes…

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Crowd Funding Tracker/Update

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 2:30pm 1 Comment

After reading the post “Yet Another follow-me copter on Kickstarter” I thought is would be interesting to list the campaigns crowd sourced and get an update of the…
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Comment Wall (5 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: http://www.diydrones.com/forum/topics/auxilary-tm-output-using-uart2-serial2?id=705844%3ATopic%3A1000518&page=1#comments

         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
At 5:14pm on April 23, 2014,
MR60
Forrest Frantz
said…

did you ever solve the no heatbeat problem.  i've got the same thing.

At 9:46pm on May 3, 2014, Richard Kennedy said…

Hi Bill

re-The best solution for iOS devices is to use IP and Wifi and not bluetooth [BT].

Does wifi have a better range? What is the supposed advantage some see with BT? I would like to get a bridge set up to avoid the OTG cable but not sure which direction to go.. wifi or BT. I have a droid now but hope to get set up with an iPad once a ground station app get's rolling. But there is no advantage with an iPad either wifi or BT would work just fine right? 

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