I'm in LA hanging out with Jordi and geeking out over the ArduPilot 2.0 code. You're going to love this--it's got all the capabilities of the FMA Co-pilot built-in, including a "fly by wire" option that just helps you stabilize the airplane when you're flying manually. In autopilot mode, it's now closer to AttoPilot in capability (save datalogging, which we'll save for ArduPilot Pro) and has a similar set-up procedure
it's optimized for the EasyStar but can also fly aircraft as… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on March 4, 2009 at 9:00am —
If you haven't had a chance to read the documentation
for Bill Premerlani 6 DOF UAV development board
, you should. It is 35 pages of the best education you'll get on IMU-based autopilots, including theory, code and usage instructions. All written in clear, easy to understand plain English. Bill's done a terrific job on this one, and I hope more people will start to use his… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2009 at 8:15pm —
I've updated this post
to include a simple test program (at bottom) that you can run to test your FMA sensor and ArduPilot connections.
Added by Chris Anderson on March 1, 2009 at 1:40pm —
Cool use of Microsoft Virtual Earth as the visualization engine in a very sophisticated browser-based ground station. Check out the videos in this… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2009 at 8:55pm —
: "The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has mounted a display of unmanned aerial vehicles, essentially model airplanes outfitted with GPS,… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2009 at 4:15pm —
SparkFun has sold out of ArduPilots again, but 200 more ArduPilots left Sparkfun production 30 minutes ago. The storefront
will reflect that inventory tomorrow or Mon, and backorders should be filled in the next day or two.
We've now sold nearly 300 ArduPilots!
Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2009 at 4:30pm —
ArduPilot 2.0 uses the same hardware as ArduPilot 1.0 but new software to do both the navigation and stabilization functions itself, with no need for a FMA Co-Pilot (although we still use the FMA XY… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2009 at 12:00am —
I've finally gone through all the discussion on this site and categorized them so they can be more easily usable. You can see all the categories and the discussions in them by clicking on the "Forum" tab at the top. Please remember to select an appropriate category when you post a new forum topic.
As for blog posts, they operate a different way, using multiple tags rather than categories. So please add tags to your blog posts, so people can find them! I've also added a Blogs tab at… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2009 at 10:35am —
When you're starting a discussion in the forum at the left, please select a category if it pertains to ArduPilot, BlimpDuino or the UAV Dev Board. That way when people click on the main forum list
, they're categorized… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 22, 2009 at 11:40pm —
ArduPilot has a built-in power regulator, so you can power it from a separate battery at anything from 5-15v. To do this, you have switch the solder jumper from the default RC power to battery power. This means unsoldering the solder jumper that the board ships with and resoldering it on the other side. These pictures show the difference (apologies from my crappy soldering on the second one):…
Added by Chris Anderson on February 22, 2009 at 9:00pm —
If at any point you've managed to crash the ArduPilot code so badly that you've nuked the bootloader, don't worry: you can reload it. You'll need an AVR programmer
The best way to reload the bootloader is with the Arduino IDE, which is pretty straightforward. Just plug in your AVR programmer and select Burn Bootloader/ w/ AVRISP mk II. If you've already loaded AVR Studio, you may get an error… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Thanks to Rusty's detective work
, I think we've fixed the GPS lock bug (the blue LED was turning off even when the module was showing valid data). New code is here
(Basically every instance of "if (fix_position == 0x01) ..." should have been "if (fix_position >= 0x01)..." It turns out that there are three valid fix values: 1,2… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2009 at 6:00pm —
If you're having trouble flashing the ArduPilot code with Arduino 13, try upgrading the bootloader on ArduPilot to the latest version. You can do it with your AVR programmer in the Arduino IDE or use AVR Studio to program the board with the ATmegaBOOT_168_diecimila.hex file found in the Arduino folder hardware/bootloaders.
I was having that problem and this fixed it for me.
Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2009 at 10:18am —
Jordi has been flight testing ArduPilot all week and we've got a raft of new code to share over the next week and an exciting new dimension of ArduPilot to reveal. First, today's installment: an updated version of the standard ArduPilot code, with PID loops improved and some bugs caught. You can find the code here
This is the last version of ArduPilot that we will be releasing with a NMEA parser. Although NMEA… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 18, 2009 at 10:25pm —
", of course. Our buddies at Trossen Robotics are in on the joke
(at least I think they… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2009 at 12:05pm —
Here's a Sparkfun engineering report on those last few boards that got out with incorrect fuse settings. Short form: the glitches from a few weeks ago should now all be gone:
"A small number of boards that did not have the correct fuse setting got mixed into the batch that are correctly programmed.
Currently, production is programming the correct fuses on all new builds. I am getting someone to go through our storefront stock right now to make sure the correct fuse… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 16, 2009 at 11:34am —
Thanks to Sparkfun's new pick and place machine, they're able to make new ArduPilots quickly to keep up with demand. Another 100 are back in stock
They ran out of the EM406… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 12, 2009 at 5:00pm —
FedEx founder Fred Smith came by the Wired offices yesterday for a chat on a range of things, but I'll focus here on the bit relevant to this site. He says that they'd like to switch their fleet to UAVs as soon as possible but that this will have to wait for the FAA, which… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 12, 2009 at 1:09pm —
Autofocus, image stabalization, etc. Seems perfect for UAV use. From robots.net
"Advasense has announced what they claim is the world's smallest 5MP autofocus camera module. The module, which was developed with the help… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 12, 2009 at 12:45pm —