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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 replied to Craig P.'s discussion Cache Maps Issues with APM Planner for droidplanner2...Only creates map.qmdb which droidplanner2 won't see in the group Arducopter Y6 Owners
"You need to cache the maps using Droidplanner 2. APM Planner 2.0 map cache is not compatible in any way with Google Maps on Android."
43 minutes ago

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Bill Bonney commented on Greg O's blog post Frsky Tarais spoken flight mode guide
"You can download OpenTX Companion for installing the epee file from here http://www.open-tx.org/downloads.html"
6 hours ago

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Bill Bonney commented on Greg O's blog post Frsky Tarais spoken flight mode guide
"Also you can set one of the pots for control volume in the Special Functions View ie. SF9 Switch = ON Action = Volume Parameter=S2 Enable=ON"
yesterday

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Bill Bonney commented on Greg O's blog post Frsky Tarais spoken flight mode guide
"A word of caution. Each FlightMode is setup as default with it own trim values. This means if you trim stabilize or manual and then switch to another mode, the trims will be set at 0. It better to make sure FM1 to FM5 are set to use FM0 values."
yesterday

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Bill Bonney replied to Jason McPhee's discussion Ground loop when powering APM 2.5 with 3dr power module and BEC, JP1 removed
"The signal from the APM2.5 needs to have a common GND to the servo to work. you essentially have two loops with a common GND. In one loop 500mA flows from the PM and back again, in the other loop i.e. the BEC and lets say it's pulling 2.5A with…"
Monday

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Bill Bonney commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X2 ( the revised version of X1 ) is alive
"@Thomas: Really a conspiracy theory and debs CYA. You say hullabaloo, I say baloney ;-) You asked why there was two sensors, and the reason is to create a system with redundancy for measurements and MTBF characteristics. The other statement was to…"
Sunday

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Bill Bonney replied to Anthony Verloop's discussion Lost connection
"This is very hard to diagnose what happened. You could look at the Radio msag returned by the RFD900 on the plane side/GCS side and see if it stopped being sent. This would mean the radio FW stopped working on that RFD900. You could also graph the…"
Sunday

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Bill Bonney replied to Mr vern's discussion What Going On Here !! APM Terminal code language
"You need to read the runes here http://dev.ardupilot.com and in paticular http://dev.ardupilot.com/wiki/building-the-code/ That link will explain how to install and setup the right tools for your platform you are using to get better code…"
Sunday

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Bill Bonney replied to Mr vern's discussion What Going On Here !! APM Terminal code language
"There is no Terminal in APM:Copter 3.2-Dev build you are using. It has been removed to save space for other firmware features."
Sunday

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Bill Bonney commented on Lorenz Meier's blog post ARM announces new Cortex M7 core, uses PX4 and 3DR vehicles as use case
""after all, one of the recent novelties claimed by Apple for their iPhone was the addition of their motion processing co-processor, which turns the current iPhone generations into the same design pattern that we have been using a long-time in…"
Sep 24

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Bill Bonney replied to Gardner Lou's discussion Mission Planner Won't Connect on Mac (10.9) nor Android Tablet (KitKat)?!
"Its there shown as Arduino Mega 2560. You can type ls /dev/cu.* in terminal to see the port name. Do it once unplugged and then. Plug it in. You should see the extra device. From the screen shot its usbmodem1a21 You can also type screen…"
Sep 24

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Bill Bonney replied to Gardner Lou's discussion Mission Planner Won't Connect on Mac (10.9) nor Android Tablet (KitKat)?!
"APM Planner 2.0.14 should work just fine on OSX 10.9.4. It is compatible. Its working ok for me (i know not the most helpful statement) If you run the System Information program can you see the APM appear in the Hardware USB section (you may need to…"
Sep 23
Declan Sander commented on Bill Bonney's blog post Announcing APM Planner 2.0 RC1 -- the cross-platform GCS for Mac, Windows and Linux
"Hey Bill, I know this is kind of an old thread, but I was just wondering whether it is possible to use HIL in APM 2.0 because from what I can tell, it is only available for Mission Planner (and using a mac system, mission planner off a VM is less…"
Sep 23

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Bill Bonney commented on Babis HatziIoannou's blog post ArduCopter RSSI voltage modification
"If a parameter is not shown in the Full Parameter View its the APM Firmware version. The parameters are automatically defined and sent from the autopilot to the GCS. All teh GCS does is correlate the param name to a xml file to show description…"
Sep 21

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Bill Bonney commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X2 ( the revised version of X1 ) is alive
"@thomas: with the use of extended Kalman filter the reliability is of the measurements not just electrical MTBF. It reduces the chances of spurious readings upsetting the flight. The code supports the ST and Invesense parts. Sorry, but you…"
Sep 21

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Bill Bonney commented on Nick Arsov's blog post AUAV-X2 ( the revised version of X1 ) is alive
">Additionally, the ArduCopter code can function using only one gyro chip ( the Invensense component). not true. Pixhawk from 3DR also uses the ST part. Newer releases of APM software coming can combine more than gyro sensors readings to help…"
Sep 20

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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 3 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 64 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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ROTM: How drones took off!

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 11:06am 0 Comments

Interesting news item on the The Guardian UK newspaper

Unmanned aircraft, or 'drones' have attracted controversy for their military use, but they are now taking off everywhere. The mass adoption of this new technology is gathering pace – and it raises big questions around…

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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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