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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 thomas Butler's blog post What bearings for my multi-rotor copter motor?
">there are more [innovative] tech out there The link you have provided is patented technology, so the cost is probably prohibitive for benefits gained at the moment."
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Bill Bonney replied to Nicolas Thils's discussion APM Mission Planner 2 crashing after 2.0.15 update...
"This is APM Planner 2.0 not Mission Planner 1.3.xxx"
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Bill Bonney replied to Nicolas Thils's discussion APM Mission Planner 2 crashing after 2.0.15 update...
"It seems with the fact we have near 420 parameters that are downloaded, we have a new race condition where can reference a parameter before it has been downloaded. I have fix for this now. The simple workaround for 2.0.15 is to make sure all…"
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Bill Bonney commented on David Anders's blog post Woman snapped sunbaking by real estate drone
"A fine probably and not much. Actually Bodily Harm was only $1700 see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-13/drone-operator-at-geraldton-marathon-fined/5887196"
Nov 17

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Bill Bonney replied to Ziv's discussion UDP Link to remote server
"I've used tcp to connect from iOS or using my iPhone as a tether with no problem. That would be easier. UDP should work and you can get the IP address by using Net Analyzer or similar program. Though some Ports my be blocked, that's not so…"
Nov 15

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Bill Bonney replied to Jim Calvert's discussion How to write messages from Pixhawk code to the outside world for debugging
"try looking here http://dev.ardupilot.com But you can connect a terminal to serial port 4 , I'll look for the details later"
Nov 13

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Bill Bonney replied to Ziv's discussion UDP Link to remote server
"UDP is connectionless, you don't actually make a connection per se. In your case you don't need to set IP address in APM Planner 2.0, you just need to have your program send messages to the IP address APM Planner 2.0 is running on at…"
Nov 12

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Bill Bonney replied to Terry Carter's discussion info help etc required please (re apm 2.0 on a mac)
"1) there isn't a 3D view in APM Planner 2.0. You just need to make sure you cover all orientations in 60 seconds 2) Compassmot can be done on the compass calibration view, with a graph to help. No need to go to the Terminal"
Nov 9

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Bill Bonney commented on Robert Haddad's blog post Adding External Configuration GPRS Telemetry Module to APM 2.6 or Walkera X350 Pro
"There no way to embed the link directly as the it requires javascript. If the ace editor (that does the syntax highlighting) was hosted on DIYDRONES.COM, you maybe able to make it show the code as then you would avoid 'cross-site…"
Nov 9

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Bill Bonney commented on Bot Thoughts's blog post IMUduino - 10DoF over Bluetooth Low Energy - 3 days left
"Maybe we can do some DIY Gesture Control of a drone like this device https://www.thalmic.com/en/myo/"
Nov 6

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Bill Bonney commented on Robert Haddad's blog post Adding External Configuration GPRS Telemetry Module to APM 2.6 or Walkera X350 Pro
"I've reformatted the code so you can read it easier, see here https://gist.github.com/billbonney/0bbb90699f6d36f853d1 "
Nov 6

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Bill Bonney replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
Nov 5

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Bill Bonney commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Neruromorphic chip "learns" how to fly
"ASIC you mean FPGAs? As for AI boffins always are stating they just need some more and then it will work ;-)"
Nov 4

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Bill Bonney commented on Bot Thoughts's blog post IMUduino - 10DoF over Bluetooth Low Energy - 3 days left
"The biggest challenge with using this is the data rate over the Bluetooth LE connection. The theoretical maximum is 300Kb/s. But on smartphones BLE tends to timeshare the 2.4GHz radio TX period, so you have for example on iOS, 50kb/s max. This is…"
Nov 4

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Bill Bonney replied to ChavAnd's discussion Control of a glow engine using arduplane in the group ArduPlane User Group
"The Canberra UAV Challenge was won by a gas engine plane this year using APM ;) "When throttle is supressed in auto mode it is normally forced to zero. If you enable this option, then while suppressed it will be manual throttle. This is useful…"
Nov 4

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Bill Bonney replied to Hugues's discussion Is there a Mavlink library or programming API (not python) ? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"It's the same, as it's symmetrical. You have your id and your target id that need to be correct for the requests. GCS use as convention the high side i.e. 25x and the UASs use the low i.e. 1,2,3 etc... "
Nov 3

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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:
Vancouver

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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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