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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 armen t's discussion battery not correct in telemetry
"As i said, it can measure voltage. You will always know when it drops below the warning level you set. What isn't acurate is power drained, i.e how many amps have been consumed over time. With a fresh battery the calculation is approximae. But…"
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Bill Bonney replied to armen t's discussion battery not correct in telemetry
"It does monitor the voltage. But the voltage drop is no linear and almost flat for mid part of energy expenditure for a lipo. The battery % is calculated correctly if you plug in a fully charged battery and have the mAh param set…"
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Bill Bonney replied to richard hale's discussion UDP link... trying to understand basics.. please help !!!!!
">do you know how i can clear the communication link history , try APM Planner 2.0.15-rc3 or greater. You can trigger that download by enabling the 'beta' option in the APM Planner 2.0 Config pane. As for the specifics, maybe send a…"
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Bill Bonney replied to Goh DongLiang's discussion Upload code to Pixhawk using Arduino
"In APM Planner 2.0 enable 'Advanced Mode' front he File menu item. Then in the Install Firmware view under Intial Setup you can click the 'custom' button to upload your fw image."
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Bill Bonney replied to richard hale's discussion UDP link... trying to understand basics.. please help !!!!!
"APM Planner v2.0 listens on port 14550 on startup for UDP packets, you don't need to change anything. Also your ethernet cable needs to be a 'cross cable' if you don't have a router. Also read…"
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Bill Bonney replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"From a log Shawn had sen the parameters are being set, they are just not sticking in the APM. Try erasing the eeprom. or post your AP2 logs, they are located in ~/apmplanner2/logs.txt files Thx "
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Bill Bonney replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"APM Planner 2.0.15-rc1 and newer have Dual Compass Calibration support. you can trigger these 'beta' releases by selecting the option in APM Planner 2.0 Config under Conder 'Config/Tuning' view "
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Bill Bonney replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Dual Compass Calibration was introduced in 2.0.15-rc1 release of AP2. You can install this using the 'beta' option in APM Planner 2.0 Config (under Config/Tuning View) I will verify today the report from Shawn."
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Rasmus commented on Bill Bonney's blog post Looking For Testers: New MAVPilot App
"Any news regarding the MavLink App for Iphone?  Has it been accepted in the App store? I would love to be able to use an IOS devise as a ground station."
Oct 15

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Bill Bonney replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Circle Radius is in cm (older FW it's in m) "
Oct 14

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Bill Bonney replied to Treggon Owens's discussion Mission Planner and high precision waypoints
"The problem is that the Lat/Lon are transmitted as floats, and you don't have the accuracy. The fix is to modify the code in APM and AP2 (not sure about Mission planner) transmit the data as 32bit Ints and you'll solve the…"
Oct 8

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Bill Bonney replied to Óscar Moreno García's discussion APM Planner 2 won't recognise any COM Ports
"Which board are you using? The issue you are experiencing is that the USB port might not be putting out enough power. Try connecting when using a battery on the drone as eel or over telemetry radios. Otherwise use a powered USB HUB."
Oct 6

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Bill Bonney commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"@Itay Guy: First I would suggest posting here on ardupilot.com/forum The QML folder is copied as part of the build of AP2, though which platform are you using. For windows you will need to install the touch.exe command for this work. see…"
Oct 6
Itay Guy commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Hi , two questions 1. how to copy the qml folder to the debug folder. 2. is there support for joystick ?  I can see it in the MainWIndow.ui , but it seems to be disabled. thanks Itay"
Oct 6

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Bill Bonney commented on Gary Mortimer's blog post Really fine RPAS filming
"The drone footage is awesome, but barely watchable due to vertigo inducing madness of a mad man. :-o lol"
Oct 3

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Bill Bonney replied to Caelan Midwood's discussion Where do I find ArduCopter HIL firmware in APM Planner 2.014?
"You can download HIL firmwares from http://firmware.diydrones.com e.g http://firmware.diydrones.com/Copter/stable/ they are marked as *-hil* Currently we don't support HIL in APM Planner. we do support SITL, which you can read up about…"
Oct 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:
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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 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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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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