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QAV 540g PIDS / Setup

Started this discussion. Last reply by Phil B Nov 12, 2013. 2 Replies

Does anyone have PIDS for the 540g frame? Also, I'm having an issue with mine where when attempting to take off it flips over to one side. I'm not sure if this is because I need to tune the PIDS, or…Continue

Motor continues spinning after disarm

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Schulz Jan 22, 2014. 21 Replies

I am nearing completion of a new build. I'm having a problem where after arming the copter, and throttling up, and then back down, one of the motors continues to spin. The only way to stop the motor…Continue

Microsoft Kinect for Object Avoidance

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Neault Jan 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Is this possible? Has it at least been discussed?Continue

Noob Prop Type Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stephen R Mann Dec 23, 2012. 9 Replies

Can someone explain what the benefit of props like this:…Continue

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Mark Schulz replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"Had the same, #6 would spin and wobble uncontrollably even before arming! Complete reset (Missionplanner command line) and reinstalling the firmware (even though same version) seems to have done the trick. Works great at home now, but still needs a…"
Jan 22, 2014
Farley Joseph replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"I have exactly the same problem as what you describe andusing the same ESC's you have. Wait for it the problem is on motor 6 as well. It wont dissarm when the rest do. I kid you not. Please send me pm with details on how you resolved your…"
Nov 17, 2013
Phil B replied to Miles Smith's discussion QAV 540g PIDS / Setup
"Also check you have the ESCs connected in the correct order to the APM, it's not motors 1-4 into connections 1-4.. http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/connecting-your-rc-input-and-motors/ I learned the hard way after being attacked by my own…"
Nov 12, 2013

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Richard Boyhan replied to Miles Smith's discussion QAV 540g PIDS / Setup
"Flips at take off are usually wrong prop type or wrong rotation or wrong APM orientation. Double check your prop types, rotation and APM orientation. Make sure you have pusher and normal props in the right place and correct rotation."
Nov 12, 2013
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QAV 540g PIDS / Setup

Does anyone have PIDS for the 540g frame? Also, I'm having an issue with mine where when attempting to take off it flips over to one side. I'm not sure if this is because I need to tune the PIDS, or if I've set it up wrong some how.What frame style is the QAV 540g to APM? Is it quad or is it the V pattern one?See More
Nov 11, 2013
Miles Smith replied to Edgar Scott's discussion Can't power Gimbal with AMP :-( in the group ArduCopter User Group
"PWM stands for Pulse Width Modulation, it's not a connector, but a "protocol" of sorts. What the instructions are telling you is that you should ONLY connect the signal line (usually white) to the APM. The gimbal servos should be…"
Sep 20, 2013
Miles Smith replied to Brian Pappas's discussion What causes the "level" position in stabilize to change so quickly?--Crash with Video
"Hrm, I see nothing unsual about the logs, but I'm not an expert either. I do notice that you switch to RTL and then back to Stabilize right at the end, not sure if that was intentional or not."
Aug 11, 2013
Miles Smith replied to William Burkert's discussion 3DR 880Kv Motor Setup in the group ArduCopter User Group
"TL;DR: Learn to PID tune, it will help more than you think. Push down on the prop nut the entire time you're screwing it on to ensure it grips as much of the shaft as possible. Also, regarding your parameter changes, the best thing to do is to…"
Aug 10, 2013
Miles Smith replied to William Burkert's discussion 3DR 880Kv Motor Setup in the group ArduCopter User Group
"Loctite. Ample amounts of the 242 (aka Loctite Blue). DO NOT USE 271 (aka Loctite Red) as that will permanently fix those puppies to the motor. READ THE LABELS: My 242 came in a RED container, and my 271 came in a BLUE container. The irony I know."
Aug 10, 2013
Miles Smith replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"Will do, should have a maiden today if everything goes well. I just blacked out my APM case for the baro, and I'm seeing no more than 0.2m fluctuation regardless of ambient light. Just need to do compassmot calibration, and setup the camera…"
Aug 9, 2013
Austin Suhler replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"Good to hear you found a solution :) Keep us posted on how the copter flies, it looks marvelous. Happy flying!"
Aug 9, 2013
Miles Smith replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"SOLVED: Anyone else having this issue, make sure that you RESET and ERASE your EEPROM after loading a new firmware on it. Transient values in the EEPROM were to blame for the erratic behavior."
Aug 9, 2013
Miles Smith replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"Okay, so I called 3D Robotics tech support (I actually got a human being in 3 minutes!) and they walked me through downgrading to 2.9.1b and erasing the EEPROM, at which point, the motor started working correctly. I'm now in the process of…"
Aug 9, 2013
Austin Suhler replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"I can see why, really nice setup :) A few things come to mind. First, it could be something as simple as the output on that channel goes too low or high (for whatever reason) and causes it to keep spinning, but I would think you'd see a drop in…"
Aug 9, 2013
Miles Smith replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"Thanks! I've been building it for the better part of 2 months, so this last issue is really driving me up the wall!"
Aug 9, 2013
Miles Smith replied to Miles Smith's discussion Motor continues spinning after disarm
"I'm using the RCTimer SimonK Flashed 40A Opto ESC's from UAVObjects (http://www.uavobjects.com/product/hvsk-40a-high-voltage-opto-brushless-esc/). I've used the ESC's before, and switching out a motor/ESC pair to the same #6…"
Aug 9, 2013

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