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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 Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Hi jason, if you can be more specific about the issues you are having, we can hopefully add some fixes. There's a newer version at http://firmware.diydrones.com/Tools/APMPlanner/daily/ With the next release we will also support beta upates,…"
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Bill Bonney commented on Scott Penrose's blog post Martha Stewart: Why I Love My Drone
"What interesting is that at the bottom of the article linked to is a 2m montage of drone footage. Even Grand Central Station appears. And the infamous drone flying through fireworks... Now is that commercial footage? The FAA needs to shutdown Time…"
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Jason commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Where is the 'write // save' button on APM 2.0.13 I couldn't change the settings. I thought APM 2.0 was to replace Mission Planner. Ive uninstalled APM2.0.13 and installed Mission Planner. Cheers"
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Bill Bonney replied to Bertrand Duchiron's discussion Can you use your emiiting equipment in Canada? in the group Canada
"If you are concerned you can use ZigBee or Synapse Radios as they are FCC & IC approved https://www.synapse-wireless.com/documents/products/Synapse-RF-Engine-Product-Family-Product-Brief.pdf The other point is that IC has to approve your SFOC to…"
Jul 25
Michael Carpenter commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Glad you got it working! A bug is what went wrong :) One that has been located and squashed. The driver signing issue is an issue, which will be solved soon since we should be able to use the same signed drivers that MissionPlanner uses."
Jul 16
Jason commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Michael, Thanks for your reply. Ive managed to sort both PCs out. After reinstalling 2.0.12 (still didn't work) and updating to 2.0.13 (still didn't work) I renamed com10 to com10a, ( as you had suggested to someone else), then it…"
Jul 16
Stephen Gloor commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"It did not work on that version either. I am running it in a VM - all the networking is OK and I can see the linux PC from the server that is running the SITL and the ports are correct."
Jul 15
Aaron Curtis commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"FYI I have 2.0.13 running on 14.04 as well and am running SITL with no trouble. Can you get SITL to work with 2.0.12?"
Jul 15
Stephen Gloor commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"I have installed it on Ubuntu 14.04.  I cannot connect it to a UDP stream from SITL on port 14553.  I have created a new connection and it says connected however it is not working. I know the SITL output is working as I can connect on a…"
Jul 15
Michael Carpenter commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Alright, thanks! Fairly sure I know what's causing it, and I'll be sure it's fixed in the next daily build."
Jul 15
Jerry Wisse commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"That works! I just typed a V in the box and it showed COM15V in the planner. Then I clicked COM15 again, and Connect and that's all. Thank you Michael."
Jul 15
Michael Carpenter commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Alright so it's not properly detecting a single COM port. What happens if you type something in the com port box, then click the drop down and select COM15 again?"
Jul 15
Jerry Wisse commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Thank you for your quick response! It does say: No Devices:The device manager shows no other COM port. Clicking gives: "
Jul 15
Michael Carpenter commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"I assume that COM15 shows up in the upper right hand corner, and it doesn't say "No devices" ? Go into the connection by clicking on the com port or baud rate, and re-select the com port (or change it and select it again), if that…"
Jul 15
Jerry Wisse commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"I have the same problem using APM Planner 2.0.13. With MissionPlanner 1.3.7 all works well (COM15). The Devicemanager shows: Arduino Mega 2560 (COM15). Also the View Terminal button is not visible. Ardupilot 2.6 Log: INFO 2014-07-15T13:50:06.687…"
Jul 15
Jason commented on Bill Bonney's blog post APM Planner 2.0.13 released (was 2.0.12/11 released)
"Gidday. I'm trying to set up a new Quad. All appears done but get an error saying [compass calibration not complete]. This was with 2.0.12. Now after just updating to 2.0.13 I cannot even connect to the APM 2.6 board. it says Link Error Error…"
Jul 15

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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 UAS 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 2.0.13 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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APM Planner 2.0.10 release

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:30pm 42 Comments

[NOTE: There is a problem with autoupdate in APM Planner 2.0.9 (previous) to this release, users needs to manually update to this release from http://ardupilot.com/downloads/?category=35 ]

Some highlights of items new in this…

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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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