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Fresh install issue with MP 1.2.99

Started this discussion. Last reply by Thomas J Coyle III Mar 29, 2014. 4 Replies

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Thomas J Coyle III replied to jean-luc's discussion Turn in place on manual mode with two motors in the group ArduBoat User Group
"@jean-luc, Are you using the elevator (pitch) joystick for the throttle channel and the aileron (roll) joystick for the steering channel? Regards, TCIII AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to jean-luc's discussion Turn in place on manual mode with two motors in the group ArduBoat User Group
"@jean-luc, The APM only has three serial ports. The Pixhawk has five hardware ports. Regards, TCIII AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to jean-luc's discussion Turn in place on manual mode with two motors in the group ArduBoat User Group
"@jean-luc, You need to use the APM in the differential (skid) steering mode when using two motors to steer and not in a vtail mixage. I assume that you are using the ArduRover firmware and not the ArduPlane firmware. You need to use the ArduRover…"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Michael Withington's discussion Additional Power for APM 2.6
"@Michael, As long as jumper J1 is removed it is safe to use a BEC with a 5.5vdc or higher output. Yes it is okay to leave the BEC connected to the APM when using the USB connection as long as jumper J1 has been removed. Regards, TCIII AVD"
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Thomas J Coyle III commented on Chris Anderson's blog post IEEE Spectrum: drones no more dangerous to planes than small/med birds (and that's not very dangerous)
"Hi Chris, This website will give you an idea of how many planes have been brought down by bird strikes Link  Usually it takes more than one bird, a flock, to bring an aircraft down, but in some cases it was just one large bird. Regards, TCIII…"
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Mike T commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Secret Service: Drone that crashed on White House grounds was being used recreationally
" sooo.... this is actually getting pretty bad. A lot of publicity now"
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Thomas J Coyle III replied to Thomas Gabrielsen's discussion Where to plugin my pan/tilt servos on the pixhawk?
"@Thomas, It is in the Wiki Link  Regards, TCIII AVD"
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Jake Stew commented on Thomas J Coyle III's blog post Secret Service: Drone that crashed on White House grounds was being used recreationally
"He was drunk too!"
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About Me:
Retired Systems Engineer who has robotics as one of his hobbies.
Presently have 4 and 6 wheel rovers and other assorted robots.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I presently have four EZ*s, two Twinstar IIs, a Maja, and three quadrarotors of various sizes. I have two of the EZ*s equipped with ArduPilots and one of the Twinstar IIs equipped with an APM/IMU Mega. I have an APM/IMU Mega on one of my quadrarotors. The Maja is equipped with a APM/IMU. Needless to say, I am definitely into UAVs.
Hometown:
Los Angeles CA

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Comment Wall (35 comments)

At 10:15am on December 24, 2009, CDRJulie said…
Mr. Coyle,
My comment was not to diss the Army. I spent the most interesting year of my Naval career as an intelligence lead with them. Didn't mean to offend you or any other Army folks. I would have done another tour there had there been the chance.

Happy holidays to you.
Julie
At 12:54pm on December 24, 2009, CDRJulie said…
Mr. Coyle,
It looks like you and I have a lot in common. I too am a systems engineer, 25+ years working in companies that supported DoD...now I work at a small company that supports NASA.
I stumbled upon DIY Drones without spending a great deal of time investigating the 'Dos and Don'ts' of what the site is all about. Is this a hobbyist forum for folks who are or were RC builder/flyers or is this site focusing on trying to develop the UAV industry in areas that the General Atomics, Boeing's and DRS's of the world don't compete in?

I have been a UAV fanatic for almost 2 decades now. I worked "trying" to integrate the early Predator [back when it was still an ACTD] into the Navy with no luck and was very fortunate while in Iraq to be able to have 'control' of most of the Preds in country. I came back hoping to start a UAV company that provided full up ops to a customer - vehicle(s), control stations, operators, etc. to find that it was impossible to get bankers to understand what I wanted to do in order to get funding. I gave up and bought a kit car company instead. Now, I find DIY-D and have my interests rekindled.

I find your comments in re: ESD to be on the mark. Way back when, when Bombardier was working on what everyone called 'the Peanut', they had all sorts of issues with control. Turns out that they had ESD gremlins. Once figured out, their system worked quite well. I hope folks heed your warning.
Julie
At 8:42pm on December 28, 2009,
3D Robotics
Jordi Muñoz
said…
Not yet, is full of dust, i will use it for ardupilot mega, so it will remain in the shadows until then... ;-)
At 8:42pm on December 28, 2009, Andy Geppert said…
Howdy Thomas. I have have done a bit more troubleshooting and narrowed it down to the transmitter board. There are clearly three black vertcal bands through the video. The easiest way to see them is to connect the camera ground wire, but not the signal wire. I have found that I need a good video display on the receiver that can lock on to the signal to see the bands. If I don't get a good lock, then it looks a bit like static (but it's not - it's a noticeable pattern). I need to take the transmitter apart and review the construction very carefully. One of the fellows at DPCAV has been helpful in guiding my troubleshooting. So, I still need to make progress on that front. Right now I've diverted to a CNC mill retrofit project since I've got a chunk of time off to try and get that running. I will certainly get back to the video transmitter though, I'm just shuffling priorities since winter has set in. And I'll be curious to hear how yours works.

Andy
At 3:45am on January 30, 2010, Bart said…
Well Tom, at first i was a bit dissapointed to read that you don't own the avatar-plane, but finding out more about the MAJA, my dissapointment changed to a very happy state. This kind of plane is exactly the sort of plane i was looking for. I want to start a payed hobby in aerial photography. Vertical photo's for GIS. I will first buy a easystar to get familiar with real flying (instead of game-based) and then upgrade to a more full-load plane, like the MAJA. Do you know if it flies similar to the easystar?
Grtz Bart
At 8:38am on January 30, 2010,
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Thomas J Coyle III
said…
Bart,

The Maja is definitely not for beginners so it is wise that you start with the EZ* like I did. The Maja is capable of heavy lifting with the right motor and battery selection and can stay in the air close to an hour at ~25% throttle. You might also want to consider the Multiplex Twin Star II which is a twin engine model capable of heavy lifting too.
Check these websites and build logs out:

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1118600&highlight=maja

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1095996&page=5

www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1030786&highlight=twinstar

Regards,
TCIII
At 4:27pm on February 16, 2010, Roy Brewer said…
Yes, I post on Aeroquad forum and RCGroups as RoyLB

- Roy
At 8:12pm on August 31, 2010,
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AKRCGUY
said…
Thanks, did you read my question regarding the Borjet Maja? I'm interested in the airframe and I believe you commented on it somewhere along with using the landing gear that they sell. Any pictures or info you could share?

Thanks,


Adam A.
At 3:04pm on April 9, 2012, Richard said…
Hi Thomas, noticed on another thread that you requested the PID values for the ursus that you were building, did you eve get them? Ankther uk based member is sending me his ursus pid settings and wondered if I could compare them with yours?

How did you get on with tho aircraft,
About half way through my build,

Waiting for my APM 2 to arrive!
Rich
At 4:04pm on July 30, 2012, Stuart Hungerford said…

Thanks Thomas!

Stu

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