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Copter LEDS with APM2?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Wilkinson Aug 23, 2012. 4 Replies

Is anyone successfully using COPTER_LEDS with APM2.0 and ArduCopter 2.7.1?I got some of these…Continue

Tags: LED, COPTER_LEDS, CopterLEDS, ArduCopter

SITL with APM Planner joystick control?

Started this discussion. Last reply by ritchie.lee Dec 17, 2012. 10 Replies

I'm trying to get SITL up and running in cygwin.  So far I've had some success, I can run ArduCopter.elf and connect it to sim_multicopter.py.  Instead of using mavproxy to send rc commands I'm…Continue

Tags: joystick, SITL

Loiter Tuning

Started this discussion. Last reply by novrizal herdananto Jan 10, 2013. 9 Replies

I flew my 3DR-B tonight in startlingly windless conditions.  It was the first time I've really tried to test Loiter.  I got the quad into a nice stable hover (it was hovering practically dead still…Continue

Tags: PID, tuning, loiter

3DR-B APM2 quad

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Wilkinson Jul 12, 2012. 7 Replies

So like many other people on this site I am attempting to build a quad-copter drone.  I have some experience with RC helicopters (I have a Blade 450 and mcpx) and I'm a software engineer so this…Continue

 

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Bob Wilkinson commented on Arthur Benemann's blog post [Update] DroidPlanner v0.7.5
"Thanks for the quick response Arthur. I did try andropilot, same result (it won't connect). USB host check had to do a "fix" but now says my USB host mode should be working. I haven't had a chance to try a USB serial app, I will…"
May 15, 2013
Bob Wilkinson commented on Arthur Benemann's blog post [Update] DroidPlanner v0.7.5
"Anybody gotten DroidPlanner to work with a Kindle fire?  I have a first gen fire that I put CyanogenMod on.  I've seen some people have gotten USB host mode working so I guess it should be possible.  It almost works, the host…"
May 15, 2013
Bob Wilkinson replied to Elvis's discussion Arducopter Level Bug in 1.2.46?
"I just upgraded from an old ArduCopter (2.6 I think) to 2.9.1b and I think I need to run ArduCopter Level (my quad seems to be miscalibrated, it always thinks its tilted).  Is reverting to 1.2.42 the only way to do it?"
May 1, 2013
novrizal herdananto replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion Loiter Tuning
"hi, i've just install 2.9 rc2 on my apm2.5. i have just tried loiter in stock pids, and i see quite oscilations. since i'm a noob, i need advice in which PID i should tune ? attached is my loiter log and param."
Jan 10, 2013
ritchie.lee replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion SITL with APM Planner joystick control?
"Hi everyone! Any updates on this problem? I am encountering the same stability issues running in Linux (arduplane.elf and jsbsim). Mission planner is running in a virtualbox with Windows. After about 5 mins, mission planner indicates lost GPS and…"
Dec 17, 2012
Markus Järve replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion Loiter Tuning
"Never underestimate the compass miscalibration possibility. "
Dec 11, 2012
Kate replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion SITL with APM Planner joystick control?
"Hey Bob,  Do you have any idea about the python script that we are running? How to manipulate it and all?"
Sep 10, 2012
Kate replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion SITL with APM Planner joystick control?
"Thanks for the reply ... i shall try in linux... hoping it will work :) "
Sep 2, 2012
Kate replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion SITL with APM Planner joystick control?
"Thanks Bob... i shall try with linux now :) "
Sep 2, 2012

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Bill Bonney replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion SITL with APM Planner joystick control?
"I did get SITL working on Linux to a degree, and had the plane fly. I did have aircraft stability issues and it would crash the JBSim all the time :( Haven't had time to go back and do further work on this yet. I would agree Linux is probably…"
Aug 31, 2012
Bob Wilkinson replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion SITL with APM Planner joystick control?
"I was never able to get it working. Linux is a good idea though, it is worth trying."
Aug 31, 2012
Kate replied to Bob Wilkinson's discussion SITL with APM Planner joystick control?
"Hey Bob, I am facing the same problem..... after it is receiving "Hit ground...." the altitude is dropping off and it is just yawing... and in auto mode like you said it is going crazy... did you try it in linux OS?? is it working now?…"
Aug 30, 2012
Bob Wilkinson commented on leonardthall's blog post Suggestion to fix Alt Hold to Stabilize Mode altitude drop
"How would the 2 second delay affect a pilot trying to "catch" a vehicle and prevent a crash? That part worries me a little. I suppose though that adding a significant amount of throttle, given your new alt-hold curve, will still result in…"
Aug 29, 2012
Bob Wilkinson commented on Adam Scriven's blog post Robo-Bucket!
"If you really wanted to do it right you would use a smart phone as the base station. A simple android or iPhone app should be ble to send your current gps position to the vehicle via 3G (probably required for aircraft) or Bluetooth (might work for a…"
Aug 28, 2012
Bob Wilkinson commented on Adam Scriven's blog post Robo-Bucket!
"You can definitely do this with ArduCopter: http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/wiki/AC2_FollowMe I bet there is an ArduPlane equivalent."
Aug 27, 2012
Bob Wilkinson commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Reverse engineering the Syma 107 toy helicopter IR protocol
"I wonder if you could combine this with Kinect and build an "off-board" autopilot? It may be difficult to get attitude information though..."
Aug 27, 2012

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I have some experience with RC helicopters, a quad seems like an interesting challenge and I am a software engineer so the open source nature of ardupilot appeals to me.

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