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figuring out the Antenna Tracker

Started this discussion. Last reply by geni yesterday. 31 Replies

ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing

Started this discussion. Last reply by Josh Welsh 1 hour ago. 1861 Replies

ArduCopter-3.1 released!

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Josh Welsh replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"@Pomaroli I haven't, but its on the list to play with, just with a low priority.   -josh"
1 hour ago

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Thorsten replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Randy, attached two logs with the modified landing detector. I only tested landings in RTL because I again have too high AccZ vibrations again (it seems it is time to change all motor bearings). To sum it up: all fine!  No more spinning up of…"
2 hours ago

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Randy replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Definitely the bad sonar alt is not good and I'd expect problems when landing in AltHold or Loiter so we should get to the bottom of the problem. While landing in Auto, RTL it should be ok because it doesn't actually use the sonar for that…"
2 hours ago

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Randy replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Compass mot should work on AC3.1.5.  Normally it's not needed if you're using an external compass though."
2 hours ago
saqib shafiq replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Wont that cause any problems when landing in auto. And thanks for reply"
3 hours ago
Hugues replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"hi, the minimum distance the sonar can measure is 20 cm. This is normal."
3 hours ago
BaNe Machine replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Hi Marco. I am unable to use Hybrid Mode / PosHold with my Walkera QR-X350-Pro (APM Copter 3.2).  Loiter works fine, but it does not change into PosHold mode in Mission Planner when I activate it.  Nor does it work flying.  Any idea…"
3 hours ago
Masafumi Miwa commented on Randy's group Japan ArduCopter Group
"Check for BETA Updateしたら、 PosHoldでてきました。"
6 hours ago
Masafumi Miwa commented on Randy's group Japan ArduCopter Group
"Arduinoをあたらしくしたら、rc9もrc7も無事やけました。 ところで、 http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/arducopter-3-2-beta-testing?commentId=705844%3AComment%3A1770356 ここで、RandyさんがMissionPlannerをUpdateしたらPosHoldがでるよ、 と書いてますが、うちだとでないです。 どうしたものか? "
6 hours ago
Pomaroli replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"@josh i downloaded your parameters from droneshare and compared them to mine. There are some differences : 1. Compassmot i don't have done for now because it was not working on AC3.1. Is this recommended ? 2. ACRP_RP_P = 8 but probably will…"
8 hours ago
Pomaroli replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"@Randy basically im not sure about the consequences this will have on other mode's when GPS glitch_radius is changed. Therefore i would prefere option 2 ? There is also another thing what i noticed, if the Battery Failsafe is triggered followed…"
8 hours ago
Josh Welsh replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Pomaroli, The quad is a Cinetank Mk.1 from Flying Cinema and was purpose built to test ACRO on the pixhawk. So, you can get my parameters from this Droneflight link. Note that some of the things I changed from default are: ACRO_RP_P=9.0…"
11 hours ago

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Randy replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Thorsten, Ok, thanks.  Normally I don't post testing binaries and instead go through the mission planner's beta firmwards link but I'd like to make a slight exception here because I'd like to get feedback on the…"
12 hours ago

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Randy replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"@Pomaroli, The GPS glitch detection will start beeping and flashing blue and yellow if the GPS position goes bad.  It'll switch to Land or AltHold mode if the vehicle is in a mode that requires GPS (i.e. Loiter, RTL, Auto) but if…"
14 hours ago
Doug Walmsley replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"I think you have to keep in mind that the level of accuracy won't be in centimeters of accuracy but at best 3-4 meters.  With that being said there are commercial satellites like Omnistar that sells access to their satellites but I do not…"
15 hours ago
Pomaroli replied to Randy's discussion ArduCopter-3.2 beta testing
"Hi Josh, not bad it's great to see that other people also using the acro mode. It seems to be an quadro ? what Climb rate's do you have ? As wrote above i was having an issue doing an fast flip and roll, basically you're turning…"
17 hours ago

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Lead developer of ArduCopter. I coordinate releases, provide support for users having trouble with their copters, add new features (most often based on ideas and suggestions from the community). I also help others get their code integrated into ArduCopter.

You can find numerous video tutorials from me here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm393BzMOyRPUo8MtKp5alg
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
Interested in quads and helis mostly. I got my start in this field by reading the electronics tutorials from Sparkfun and from watching the success of Jack Crossfire's vicacopter. I've learned an enormous amount from the combined wisdom of the people on the DIYDrones forums and members of the core dev team including Jason Short, Tridge, Doug Weibel, Leonard and many more.
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Karuizawa, Japan

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Red Balloon Finder

Posted on June 17, 2014 at 5:04am 30 Comments

As many probably know, this year's Sparkfun Autonomous Vehicle Competition (AVC) is similar to last year's except that a new challenge has…

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GPS Glitch detection in AC3.1

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 6:42am 32 Comments

AC3.1 is going out very soon and includes a new safety feature called GPS glitch detection.  There's a wiki page about it but I'd like to highlight how it works because it's near the top of the list of safety issues.  The method…

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Dropping a Rover from Hexacopter - Part III

Posted on August 22, 2013 at 7:40pm 32 Comments

As a follow-up to the rover drops #1 and #2 I spent a day with Assistant Professor Nagatani-san of…

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UAVs for measuring radiation levels in Japan

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 6:38pm 11 Comments

Two years after the March 11th tsunami in Japan that triggered the Nuclear disaster at the Fukushima power plant, there are still just over 300 thousand people who have not been able to return to their homes due to…

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Dropping a Rover from Hexacopter - Part II

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 12:32am 14 Comments

As a follow up to an indoor test we did a about a month ago (blog post here), Assistant Professor Nagatani-san of Tohoku University, Izu-san of…

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Comment Wall (23 comments)

At 8:44am on January 5, 2011, Jack said…

Randy

I have been working on my own Quad with the NG code and have setup the Sonar and have it working very well . I have an indoor version with sonar and IR sensors and would like to know were the IR sensors are conected, what pins. I see you were working on implementing this so If you could help with basic setup I can try my hand at testing. Thanks for your work on the Sonar and good luck on the obstical avoidence.

Jack 

At 5:47am on January 30, 2011, Kári Davíðsson said…

Thanks Randy. 

I do not have write access to the svn repository.

So I will send you the changed AP_ADC lib probably later today.

I am not sure if a circular buffer is needed. The beauty of a 1st order IIR filter is that we only need one "old" sample and if a second order is needed only two old samples. But I will look a little better into the filter selection before committing anything to you.

At 5:45am on August 24, 2011, Jiro Hattori said…

Hi Randy

 One of the way to introduce technology of arduino as IMU is that something like what you have done. Most of the Japanese model flyer love to fly traditional helicopter. 

 Another approach may be exhibit something very unique at MAKE fair at Tokyo Institute of Technology.  There will be many open source hardware and software freaks as well.

At 9:10pm on March 7, 2012, Ravi said…

hi randy, i had been following your forum for align450. i just got my APM2 purple. i loaded the ardu heli firmware. everythings looks to be ok on mission planner. but there is no PWM on servo out pins. i armed the APM2 and does gets armed. the radio callibration bars move proportionately. evrything seems to be OK. but in 'status' there is no PWM on channel out pins. it shows '0' PWM on all out channels. can uou please suggets what might be the reason. the APM2 works fine with arduplane and arduquad firmware. ravi

At 5:53am on March 16, 2012,
T3
Aerhead
said…

Randy

I had a different problem with my APM2 that I was able to solve by following the procedure found in the wiki with a search for APM board problems.  My board would not connect to the planner and it works now.

Good luck

Larry

At 2:18pm on May 15, 2012, wilson javier madrid sossa said…

hello hello hug.
I can help with anything, I did several plannings flight with tri and firmware 2.0.49 and flew very well.
I did a quad and install 2.5.4 program a waypoint flight and the team took off like crazy.WP PIDs are by default and does not really move as you do. can you give me some information.

I appreciate your help

At 4:41pm on May 16, 2012, wilson javier madrid sossa said…

Please can you help me. I was flying my quadcopter and hold position when you turn the team went to ground. these are the last two log. I appreciateprompt help.

2012-05-16%2018-12-25.tlog

At 3:54pm on September 29, 2012, Marooned said…

Hi Randy

After your changes to Optical Flow I'm having troubles with compiling the sources:

ArduCopter.cpp: In function 'void init_ardupilot()':
ArduCopter.pde:-1: error: 'SPI3' was not declared in this scope
ArduCopter.pde:-1: error: 'SPI3_SPEED_2MHZ' was not declared in this scope

I have spi3.h file include in ArduCopter.pde but somehow it's not working that way. I did fetch&rebase with original repo.

At 3:12pm on September 30, 2012, Marooned said…

Sorry for troubles. It's working now. Looks like Arduino IDE had some hiccup.

I should probably move to some better IDE as I'm using Arduino only for compiling/uploading and all files are edited in my fav editor and I have to restart Arduino every time I change something as it doesn't follow outside files changes.

Anyway, sorry for bothering you.

At 6:30pm on December 1, 2012,
T3
William Premerlani
said…

Hi Randy,

Regarding a question that Shyam asked about gimbal lock when he was trying to use APM to stabilize a camera, he and I finally solved the issue. Here is a link.

No one on diydrones was able to help Shyam, he finally contacted me directly.

Best regards,

Bill Premerlani

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