Well the day has come, my Shield V2 arrived, and I have all the parts necessary to start building my UAV control system. This is just a documentation if you will, of my progress, hope, dreams...etc. I've been reading this site on & off for a year or two, and am now finally getting started. Within you will see my trials and tribulations, do's and don'ts( mostly don'ts so far lol) and who knows, I might be of some help with the newbies like myself. =] If you need some help like I did when you… Continue
So got up to this. Since the reference design has a header which doesn't allow USB & programming simultaneously we now have a header. Unfortunately still no USB even at slow speed. It detects the reset but never gets a transaction.
Even in circuit programming is super slow. Maybe that's related to the USB problem. This is the cleanest board we ever made but the programming speed only goes to 9375Hz. Tried disabling the radio,… Continue
Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber -- available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet -- to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter.…
For those NMEA GPS users out there who don't want to be left out of the wonderful product that is ArduIMU, I've modified/combined the NMEA parsing routine in ArudPilot 2.3.1 with the latest ArduIMU firmware from Doug Weibel - ArduIMUV2 DCM V10. Additionally, I'm using the $50 I2C compass from Sparkfun (HMC6352) and have added a routine to pull this data from the compass and include it in the text output as "HDG." I've also added "SAT" for satellites and "HOP" for HDOP in the text… Continue
Today the weather finally cooperated and I dashed off to my local flying field for a long lunch.
My Ardu-IMU-Pilot had two successful flights! Performance was quite poor, but considering that I changed all the control laws and picked gains out of the air I am satisfied that the UAV was able to complete the prescribed circuit (multiple times in fact).
It is funny to see this track on google earth because in fact most of the ground… Continue
The Ardupilot 2.5 Airframe Test is now available as Public Beta. It goes without saying that everything seems to work, but we could use your feedback finalizing this code.
Use this release to:
- Configure your 2.5 Header files
- verify your sensors are functioning properly
- verify your servos are not reversed
- verify your stabilzation is pointing your plane AWAY from the ground
- verify your failsafe is functional
- output… Continue
Does anyone know if it's possible to use the ardupilot as a training aid.
I'm about halfay through building a model trainer that looks like a microlight from the book 'Learn to make models that fly' called the 'Micro-T'. I intend to use this model to teach myself how to fly as my nearest modelling club is more than 50 miles away. (There is one thats closer but say they don't have a qualified instructor)
Anyway could I build his model and have the ardupilot control certain… Continue
I noticed this story on one of my newsfeeds. Looking into it, it looks like BOTH Ardupilot and Blimpduino were listed as "Make Online Open Source Hardware 2009" projects. Most notably, ArduPilot was listed first in the UAV subsection, with the BlimpDuino being listed second.
The best way to read RC signals is PPM, which is a sequential stream where each channel is output in turn on a single wire. But traditionally the only way you can get that is to open up your RC receiver and solder a wire to a special pin. Fortunately the Paparazzi team designed a board that will convert… Continue