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3DR telemetry schematics?

Started this discussion. Last reply by roger Apr 21, 2013. 2 Replies

Hi ya'll,So I'm poking around on my 3dr radio trying to increase SNR - I suspect I'm picking up a fair amount of noise from USB land.  It would really help to have a schematic.  I tried opening the…Continue

Andropilot - discussion for Android ground controller users/developers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Lowe Mar 12. 830 Replies

Hi ya'll,The thread on my blog post is getting a little unmanageable.  How about we…Continue

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Minor problem building from source

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kevin Hester Dec 25, 2012. 3 Replies

Hi ya'll,I'm planning on modifying the ArduPlane code for a recreational project involving hang-gliders.  I had no problem downloading binaries etc... but when I built the current master branch (or…Continue

 

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emile commented on Kevin Hester's group Andropilot Users Group
"I would not recommend using RC override (the use of the smartphone to control the aircraft) until devs patch the firmware. At the moment if you loose connection to the ground station you will not be able to regain control of the aircraft in any…"
Apr 15
Will Chaney commented on Kevin Hester's group Andropilot Users Group
"Hello! I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S4 to run Andropilot. Everything seems to be fine except that I can't get control of the craft. What is the proper way of using it along with a standard Tx and Rx for control. I like to have that for…"
Apr 14

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Kevin Hester replied to agustin cherrubito's discussion problem 3DR Telemetry not work in the group ArduPlane User Group
"also - if using an APM are you powering the APM from a battery rather than a USB link to your computer?  (connecting the usb to the computer shares the same serial port with the 3dr radio link and can cause problems)"
Apr 11

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Kevin Hester replied to agustin cherrubito's discussion problem 3DR Telemetry not work in the group ArduPlane User Group
"One thing that might help figure out what is up: The little green leds on the radios - are they solid green or blinking when both radios are on?"
Apr 11

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Kevin Hester commented on Kevin Hester's group Andropilot Users Group
"@joe - about 9 months ago someone purchased a shield and they said it worked well with the joysticks.  "
Apr 8
joe dockstader commented on Kevin Hester's group Andropilot Users Group
"anyone tried this with the nvidia shield? looking at getting one already, if I can use the built-in physical controls to control ardupilot aircraft that would be an added bonus."
Apr 8
Rob Lowe replied to Kevin Hester's discussion Andropilot - discussion for Android ground controller users/developers
"Hi, Great app! Is there a provision for preflight airspeed calibration for planes? How do I zero my altitude and airspeed before flying?   Thanks, Rob"
Mar 12

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Kevin Hester replied to Luciano Zanchi's discussion FOLLOW ME / LEAD IT on Arducopter V. 3.x in the group Andropilot Users Group
"Thanks for the great report Luciano.  Here's the issue I made to track this: https://github.com/diydrones/ardupilot/issues/879"
Mar 5

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Kevin Hester replied to Luciano Zanchi's discussion FOLLOW ME / LEAD IT on Arducopter V. 3.x in the group Andropilot Users Group
"Alas, I don't know the details of how tuning makes a difference.  I'd recommend if you want to cautiously try this tap on the map and do goto (to enter guided mode) then tap on the map to move the vehicle back and forth between a…"
Feb 13

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Kevin Hester replied to John Brown's discussion Any Success Stories with APM2.6 or Pixawk in follow-me mode from Europe? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi ya'll, Thanks for the reports of problems with follow-me in andropilot/droid-planner with 3.1/3.0.  Yes Emile, I think that tuning is super important for showing (or hiding) this problem.  See the following comment for more…"
Feb 13

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Kevin Hester replied to Luciano Zanchi's discussion FOLLOW ME / LEAD IT on Arducopter V. 3.x in the group Andropilot Users Group
"Hi ya'll, Thanks for the reports of this problem (and my apologies for busted copters).   I talked with the other devs last night and in 3.0/3.1 of AC there is a new nav module that would explain this problem.  Without boring you…"
Feb 11

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Kevin Hester replied to Luciano Zanchi's discussion FOLLOW ME / LEAD IT on Arducopter V. 3.x in the group Andropilot Users Group
"Hi Zidlov & Luciano, Thank you for the report.  (Sorry Luciano I just now noticed this thread) I suspect what is us is some new sensitivity in the waypoint handling of AC in 3.0/3.1 (because follow-me is 'merely' setting a new…"
Feb 9

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Kevin Hester added a discussion to the group Andropilot Users Group
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New beta out 2.0.02

Fixes support for tricopters and coax copters...See More
Feb 7

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Kevin Hester replied to John Brown's discussion Any Success Stories with APM2.6 or Pixawk in follow-me mode from Europe? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Hmm - that tlog doesn't seem to be for this flight (the flightpath is different and there are no attempts to change to GUIDED mode): http://www.droneshare.com/view/be5vsb5 Here's the ideas that occur to me: The rapidly falling…"
Feb 7

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Kevin Hester replied to John Brown's discussion Any Success Stories with APM2.6 or Pixawk in follow-me mode from Europe? in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Hi John, So Brandon asked me to take a look at your log/flight (I wrote andropilot).  1st of all: Sorry about the crash ;-).   Here's some ideas that occur to me: About the time of the crash the battery voltage (blue line) drops 2V…"
Feb 6

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Kevin Hester replied to Shreyas Bhosale's discussion help in the group Andropilot Users Group
"No problem.  Technically there are a bunch of options (the 3dr radio, direct connection to the APM or a bluetooth link).  However for general ease and long range the easiest option is to just plug in a 3dr radio into your tablet."
Jan 27

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Textbook delivery by drone in Australia?

Posted on October 14, 2013 at 9:30am 15 Comments

Or is it just marketing?  I have a hard time seeing how this works financially...

As countries around the world gradually lift regulations on the use of commercial drones, a new startup called Flirtey hopes to…

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'Simpler' Andropilot 1.8 released to production

Posted on September 29, 2013 at 11:46am 27 Comments

Hi ya'll,

Thanks to Luciano Zanchi, Gary Mortimer and Remigijus this new release is now out to production.  

The main features compared to the last GA release:

  • Substantially simplified user interface (the sidebar now gets hidden by default in…
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New major beta release for Andropilot

Posted on September 14, 2013 at 12:30pm 5 Comments

New major beta release for Andropilot (if reports from brave users are good, it will go out to the 'safe' general release in about a week).  I'm testing out some changes to simplify the UI - this release includes some of them.  Here's a 'picture' of the new code:…

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Andropilot beta release 1.7.00 - Improved support for AC 3.01

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 5:00pm 7 Comments

This is the first major release in a while.  It adds a bunch of small features to copter (including geofence).  

1.7.00

* Add support for copter style fences (plane was already supported)

* Dramatically speed up parameter download over low quality links

* We now show…

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Comment Wall (4 comments)

At 1:48pm on June 15, 2013, Doug Bright said…

Sweet. This is for Gaggle too. I got my glider rating a little over a year ago and have been looking for something exactly like that. Everyone at the field was still using software running on Compaq iPaqs and HP Jornadas. 

Also, I saw you built an RV-7 as well. You certainly are prolific!

Doug

At 7:44pm on June 16, 2013,
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Kevin Hester
said…

super cool!  thanks!  

At 3:12am on July 16, 2013, mP1 said…

I just tried your site, and the sample flight is somebody literally a 10 minute drive down the river :) Small world.

At 1:13am on December 30, 2013, Willy Fernandez said…

Hi Kevin,

Thanks... I tested auto takeoff, Guided and Land successfully. In fact, i was arming and disarming my quad through the Adropilot. Anyway, i still use my Futaba radio to raise the throttle to about 1/4 to be able to do auto take off. Is there a way to fly the quad totally using the Andropilot? Here's the link to the Youtube video that i made...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMF0tn4PaGg

best regards

 

 

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