It's raining autopilots! Sparkfun has just released a new and much improved version
of Bill Premerlani's original IMU-based autopilot board
. The previous one was just a 5 DOF board, but this one has a full six degrees of measurement, with three gyros and a three-axis accelerometer. Also has a faster CPU and other goodies (see below).
The code is open source and available in C (a big improvement over the assembly code of the first version).
We'll be hosting the home page
for the autopilot board here at DIY Drones, and you can now see it in the tabs above. I've set up a discussion forum here
If you want to move from a basic entry-level autopilot to a full IMU-based one and stay open source, this is a great way to go. IMUs are a lot more expensive than thermopile-based units like ArduPilot, but if you want full control they're worth it. This one is $299.
* Connection for a 20-Channel EM-406A SiRF III GPS Receiver (not included)
* PIC dsPIC30F4011 Controller (with onboard 3.3V and 5V glue logic)
* dsPIC runs at 120MHz with 16MHz resonator and PLL
* MMA7260 three axis accelerometer
* 3 ADXRS401 gyros
* 4 Input, 3 output PWM points
* 6-Wire ICSP debug header
* 2 Separate colored status LEDs
* 3 General purpose switches
* On board 3.3V and 5V regulators (150mA max)
* 10m Positional Accuracy / 5m with WAAS
* GPS Outputs NMEA 0183 and SiRF binary protocol
* Spare USART connection for debugging
* 4 Spare digital I/O pins for debugging