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Can a Low Impact Crash cause Corruption of APM Firmware?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Søren Kuula Oct 16, 2013. 2 Replies

I had an unplanned landing tonight (otherwise know as a crash). No real damage to speak of, Broke my Pan mount for my FPV camera. The video pretty much says it all thanks to the MinimOSD.I was…Continue

Tags: Arduplane, 2.74b, MinimOSD, Surfer, Sky

Setting Up a Mission with a Takeoff and a Landing sequence for use in a Plane

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathaniel Caner Sep 28, 2013. 5 Replies

Greetings,I am at the stage where my plane is well tuned and I want to begin experimenting with Takeoff and Landing sequences. I can't find any good descriptions of how these commands should be setup…Continue

Tags: Arduplane, Land, Takeoff, Planner, Mission

Trouble with KML/KMZ files generated in Mission Planner 1.2.62 or newer

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nathaniel Caner Aug 5, 2013. 5 Replies

I'm having trouble generating KML/KMZ files I can use in Google Earth since MP version 1.2.62. Whenever I generate a KML/KMZ file and view it in GE all I get is a flat projection of points on the…Continue

Tags: KMZ, Droneshare, KML, Earth, Planner

Can't Extract Waypoints Using Mission planner 1.2.55,1.2.56,1.2.57,1.2.58,1.2.59 or 1.2.60

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig Elder Jul 13, 2013. 15 Replies

I've tried to extract Waypoints from this tlog several times using MP v1.2.55 and 1.2.56, each time it reports that is was successful and has saved the file in the logs directory. When I check for…Continue

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Brad Roekle replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Unable to update ATMEGA 32U2 PPM Encoder with FLIP
"I can't get it to work on 64-bit."
Mar 18
Brad Roekle replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Unable to update ATMEGA 32U2 PPM Encoder with FLIP
"I'm pretty sure this has to be in 32bit of windows. I can't get it to work in Win 7 64-bit. So I'm installing XP 32-bit in order to get the driver to work. Pain in the butt."
Mar 18

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Mark Harrison's blog post EastBay RC Guide to PID Controllers
"@Mark, Good explanation! If you're planning on doing an interactive version, perhaps doing something like Jason Shorts Flash demo for Cross Track error would be good. For those who aren't familiar with it, it can be found here. Keep up…"
Feb 22

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Nathaniel Caner replied to saeed almarzouei's discussion please advise(urgent)
"Saeed, Sounds like fun! Who's sponsoring the competition and when is it? Are there any other requirements besides the size of the payload? What distance between point A and point B? What does the winner receive (besides bragging rights). I…"
Feb 15

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Nathaniel Caner replied to saeed almarzouei's discussion please advise(urgent)
"Saeed, First let me say, welcome to DiyDrones! I think what may be giving people pause when it comes to answering your question is the possibility that a flight like this could have a sinister purpose. Perhaps if you edit your post and give the…"
Feb 15
Artem replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Maestro or Ardutracker for Antenna Tracker Servo Controller: PROS and CONS?
"well, here is another approach, there is a pretty well working eagle eyes FPV ground station, which reads GPS through audio channel, maybe it will be possible to teach minimosd to convert mavlink to whatever eagle eyes uses standard and rout it that…"
Jan 21

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Rob_Lefebvre replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Maestro or Ardutracker for Antenna Tracker Servo Controller: PROS and CONS?
"Does anybody happen to have any ideas how it might be possible to have a "wireless" antenna tracker?  I want to build a tracker tripod that can be positioned some distance from where I have my GCS/laptop set up.   I'm…"
Jan 21

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Michael Oborne replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Maestro or Ardutracker for Antenna Tracker Servo Controller: PROS and CONS?
"just to throw this out there. how common is the 180 + 180 design antenna tracker. ive always used the 360, 90. but just want to see how common the 180,180 is."
Jan 12
Chris Stacey replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Maestro or Ardutracker for Antenna Tracker Servo Controller: PROS and CONS?
"My Antenna Tracker is an modified earlier version of an  ATpro-1000 with the Yagi antenna bracket from here: http://www.fpvpilot.com/Pages/AntennaTrackingStations.aspx I bought some Aluminum angle stock and sheet metal from a local hardware…"
Jan 5
Scott Fuller replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Maestro or Ardutracker for Antenna Tracker Servo Controller: PROS and CONS?
"I ordered my parts from Servo City. If I redo mine this year I'm going to go with the 'rotisserie chicken' style setup and hollow tubes for the pan servo. At least then I can get 360 degrees without munching my wires. You only need a…"
Jan 4
David Votroubek replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Maestro or Ardutracker for Antenna Tracker Servo Controller: PROS and CONS?
"Hello, I really like your antenna tracker and I would like to ask if it's home-made or store-bought a factory product. I would also like to do such, but so far I have not found a frame with sufficient capacity. Yours looks very tight and…"
Jan 4

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow Streaming Live Marathon (42km) Cross Country Attempt
"Trent, Great show! A bit of a rocky start, gutsy decision to continue. If I have one critique though, safety first wear your seat belts, and get nick a small tablet he can mount on the dashboard like a GPS navigation system. That way he doesn't…"
Jan 1

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Nathaniel Caner commented on Trent at MyGeekShow's blog post MyGeekShow Streaming Live Marathon (42km) Cross Country Attempt
"Hey Trent, Good luck! One small step for UAVs one giant leap for APM kind? One question, why so early in the morning? Especially on New Years day? Regards, Nathaniel ~KD2DEY"
Dec 31, 2013

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Hugues's discussion Is Minimosd incompatible with Sony NEX5R ?
"Hi Hughes, The wiki is correct, if you are using a telemetry radio you do not want to connect the MinimOSD to the APM. The radio will initiate the request for data via the Mission Planner, then both the Mission Planner and the MinimOSD will receive…"
Dec 30, 2013

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Nathaniel Caner replied to Opened Garage's discussion LIVE Composite out of a remote control
"If you are talking about a live "from the cockpit" view, then yes certainly, it's call First Person View or FPV for short. It involves at a minimum the use of a small aircraft mounted camera, and video transmitter/antenna; then on the…"
Dec 30, 2013
Christian replied to Nathaniel Caner's discussion Maestro or Ardutracker for Antenna Tracker Servo Controller: PROS and CONS?
"I'm fine with the servo solution, bcs in Pololu setup you can set a very low acceleration and you'll get a smooth movement."
Dec 23, 2013

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About Me:
R/C Aviator 20+ Years Fixed wing, 2 Years Rotary.....Looking to expand my horizons. Started my interest in robotics with the Basic Stamp 2 Years ago...then moved to Arduino and learing C C++ 1 Year ago, now I am jumping feet first into UAV tech combining my interests. It's all about the challenge and learning!
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
My primary reason for getting involved with UAV's at DIY Drones is for the technical challenge. However I plan on using my UAV for aerial photography and videography with perhaps eventually a FPV platform.
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Keene Valley, NY (near Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mtns.)

Acitvity Update

My Senior Telemaster equipped with an Ardupilot Legacy board had an unfortunate incident last year when I got too low in FBW-A Mode and couldn't pull up fast enough to avoid the tree line! Pilot error, I realized too late that all I had to do was switch to Manual. Alas instinct took over and I had a tremendous crash into the trees. Despite the sickening sound if the impact (snap, crash, bang) the Telemaster will fly again someday. (I'm not very ambitious when it comes to rebuilding!)

That derailed my UAV interest for a while and my interest shifted to light weight easy to build profile scratch build foamies! Had a great time building and flying some incredible aircraft from 6mmflyrc.com. It was a nice distraction for the summer, but now I'm back to the UAV community her at DiyDrones and have reequipped myself with a new APM 2.5, uBlox LEA-6, Airspeed sensor, Attopilot 90Amp voltage and current sensor, 3DR 900MHz telemetry, MinimOSD Extra, Maestro contoller for use with an Antenna Tracker. I have also ventured into FPV with the help of ReadyMadeRC.com who supplied all my FPV gear, Fatshark Dominator goggles, Immersion RC 5.8GHz vTX vRx.

I am enjoying all the new challenges and hope to bring a contribution or two to the community. Though I can read and understand the code for the most part, I am definitely not a programmer. What I am good at is devouring the concepts and providing assistance to those who have trouble knowing where to start and or need help clarifying concepts that haven't yet found their way into the wiki.

This year also saw me compete my HAM radio license exam and pass with a General Class license! KD2DEY, doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but hey maybe I'll get a vanity call sign someday! Anyway this will now allow me to operate legally here in the USA on additional frequencies for FPV and RC control. I hope sometime this year to equip my Futaba T8FG radio with a DragonLink UHF 433MHz long range transmitter and move to 1.3GHz band for my FPV system. All in all I'm just having a great time learning and immersing myself in all the new possibilities!

Keep up the great work 3D Robotics and the DiyDrones Community!

Regards,

Nathaniel ~KD2DEY

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National Model Aviation Day August 17, 2013

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

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The Governor of the Great State of Indiana Michael R Pence becomes the first to sign the proclamation declaring August 17, 2013 to be National Model Aviation Day! What about your state? Read the full details here on the AMA…

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"From The Ground Up" : One persons experience with DIY drones and ArduPilot - Part One

Posted on August 15, 2010 at 7:01pm 33 Comments



This is a Blog I decided to start chronicling my experience in the hopes that I might make it easier for newcomers to get involved with these amazing machines we call UAVs!…

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At 4:06pm on April 28, 2010, Bill G said…
Hey Nat
I teach Robotics ( VEX and First Robotics) so we use Robotc and labview for programming. I am located in long beach (south of long island). Wind is always a factor down at the beach. I am brand new to flying but building a robot plane was just to freakin cool to pass up. I got my school to pay for some parts because we do use it in school. The kids beg me to go outside every sunny day since we have been ready to fly (2 weeks) but wind and rain have kept us inside. Winds hitting 35mph today.
At 2:55pm on June 9, 2010, phillip padley said…
Hi yeh it is all scratch built no plans will be a smaller version lazer cut cooming soon and a few more designs, specs are wing span 14 ' length 8' , 10 channle 30 lbs in weight.
45cc powered
At 6:50am on August 8, 2010, Mark Whitehorn said…
Enjoy the Senior Telemaster ARF build. I'd be interested to see photos of your autopilot installation. I'd also like to know how you go about trimming and adjusting CG when you start flight testing. I think I had my CG too far aft on the last few flights; plane was stable but needed down elevator trim for level cruise at half throttle, and climbed too steep at full throttle.
At 6:55pm on August 28, 2010,
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Sgt Ric
said…
Yes, you're right about that!

I do have to remember to be a little more understanding sometimes instead of coming across frustrated.

Rereading a comment is helpful as you say.

I often catch myself often sounding more dry and sarcastic than I mean to.
At 4:32pm on March 1, 2013, James Dean said…

Hi Nathan,

Thanks for the youtube link ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lE7slObvq_Q
) It certainly looks like that is the technique we need to give my quadriplegic client access to the control system. We did some tests yesterday using an analogue air pressure sensor. He has good control, and wants to use that as a throttle control for his RC race car. (He competes against able-bodied racers at club level.)

The "Balloon Switch" we make http://tecsol.com.au/cms123/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&category_id=7&product_id=39&Itemid=53&vmcchk=1&Itemid=53 has a Pic microprocessor which has lots of spare capacity. I'l like to re-write the software in this to provide the PPM data to the RC transmitter training port.

The key thing I need is electrical and timing specifications for the signal to feed into the port. Whoever made the system in the video clip certainly must know all this!

Cheers, James

At 12:05pm on July 3, 2013, Keshan Dass said…

Hi Nat, I´ve add you as my friend. This is the issue:

Guys I need your help, APM 2.5 is new for me it´s the first time.  When I connect my usb cable to my bixler on the field, the red plane on the mission planner is opposite (almost everytime) to the true north.

What I did to solve the problem:

1- Check on “enable” magnetometer in MP/Configuration/hardware

2- Correct the declination and confirm in MP/configuration/adv parameter

That solution didn’t work completely, what I mean with that is that it corrects the orientation a little bit.

I don´t have an external magnetometer.

The question is:

What I have to do so that when I power up my APM 2.5 in the field and my bixler is pointing to N,E,W or S, in the mission planner that little red plane point to the same direction? 

I flew my bixler alredy, several time in manual, stabilize, auto and RTL. The funny thing is that all these flight when I power up my board inoccently I did it towards the true north.

At 4:43am on August 6, 2013, Pedro Capredoni said…

Hi Nathaniel, Ive made the small circuit to convert the RSSI PWM-AM signal of the 6208SB, but Ive measure 1,6v at full signal, not 2,2 as you wrote in the sketch. Also with power out TX, i measure 0,10-0,12v not 0... its that ok?

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