A Calmato, an electric powered airplane, piloted by the ArduPlane v2.73-xp1


Here a video of a Calmato Alpha 40, an electric powered airplane, fully piloted by the ArduPlane v2.73-xp1 and tested successfully in flight and in HIL (Hardware In the Loop) simulation on the x-Plane v9.70 simulator.


Flying setup:
- Calmato Alpha 40 (Kyosho) EP
- xPower 800 Watts brushless motor (Kv670)
- propeller 10x6 APC-E
- Lipo batterie 5S 5000mAh Turnigy for the propulsion
- ArduFlyer v2.5.2 IMU board (an APM v2.5 clone)
- firmware ArduPlane v2.73-xp1 (enhanced by JLN)
- GPS Crius CN-06 V2
- Airspeed sensor MVXP 7002DP
- Lipo 3S 2200 mAh for the avionics
- uBec 3A, 5V


HIL simulation mode:
- Xplane v9.70
- Mission Planner v1.2.86
- the Calmato Alpha 40 RC model for x-Plane by JLN
- ArduFlyer v2.5.2 IMU board (an APM v2.5 clone)
- firmware ArduPlane v2.73-xp1 (enhanced by JLN)

More infos at: diydrones.com/profile/JeanLouisNaudin
GitHub: github.com/jlnaudin/x-drone

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Tags: ArduPilot, Arduplane, Autopilot, UAV, drone

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Admin
Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 14, 2013 at 1:27pm

Very nice work JLN how long did it take you to model the airframe?

Comment by Rana on November 14, 2013 at 7:25pm

JLN, welcome back ! You have been in-active here since long. Great work indeed !

Comment by GliderUAV on November 14, 2013 at 10:51pm

Jean-Louis,

Nice video. Well done.

You make it look so easy...

 

Regards,

Kees


Developer
Comment by Jean-Louis Naudin on November 14, 2013 at 11:15pm

Hello to All,

Thanks for your comments. You will find all the files of the Calmato RC model for X-Plane in my GitHub at:

at: https://github.com/jlnaudin/x-drone/tree/master/x-plane%20aircrafts

The model has been quite easy to build but some fine tuning have been required so as to be in line with the PID of the real flying model.

The HIL modesetup for X-Plane v9.70 can be found at:

https://github.com/jlnaudin/x-drone/tree/master/HIL%20setup%20for%2...

Note: Please use the v9.70 and NOT the v10 of X-Plane

Sincerely,

Jean-Louis


Developer
Comment by Linus on November 15, 2013 at 12:25am

Was already wondering about what you will come up next with :)
Great achievement as usual from your works!


Regards

Linus


Moderator
Comment by Morli on November 15, 2013 at 2:52am

Cool Project. Impressive. Never thought Calmato would be perfect with top Canopy.  :)

Cheers

Morli


100KM
Comment by Trung Nguyen on November 15, 2013 at 6:18am

Jean-Louis,

Very well done, as always (including the video production).  I wish I could see some video of the real plane - especially auto takeoff and landing.

Would you know if a new waypoint file could be uploaded while you are in another flight mode such as Guided or Loiter?  I am thinking it would be nice to choose between two predetermined autoland flight paths depending on wind direction.

Regards,

Trung


Developer
Comment by Jean-Louis Naudin on November 15, 2013 at 6:53am

Hello Trung,

The auto-takeoff is not a real problem, the main thing to handle is the auto-landing. This is currently my dev target, here some point currently in dev and not yet released:

The QFU (the heading of the runway in use) can be:

  • recorded during a manual take-off phase and then used for the landing,
  • or this parameter can be pre-loaded as a simple parameter,
  • I shall give two choices for the landing path: a left hand circuit or a right hand circuit,
  • I have also planned to do a self learning approach like I have already done successfully in some xp arducopter tests,

This is a quite exciting development here... Stay tuned in my GitHub...

Regards,

Jean-Louis


Developer
Comment by Jean-Louis Naudin on November 15, 2013 at 6:58am

An info for those who use the Crius CN-06 (NEO 6 Ublox) GPS: 

You will find the correct setup that I am using and which works perfectly on my Calmato at:

https://github.com/jlnaudin/x-drone/commit/77cf33fa758cdc8bf0d90661...

This is a very sensitive GPS and it is able to work inside my home... It lock also very fast (less than 10 sec).

Regards,

Jean-Louis


Developer
Comment by Jean-Louis Naudin on November 15, 2013 at 7:04am

I have just published the mixers setup of my Turnigy ER9X transmitter that I am currently use with my Calmato with the ArduFlyer board at:

https://github.com/jlnaudin/x-drone/commit/0117e02bd1c4c89a9123808c...

Regards,

Jean-Louis

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