MAAT final version is being tested

MAAT is an open-source MAVLink based Automatic Antenna Tracking system. It read MAVLink messages from the UAV, calculates the direction of the aircraft, and spins the antenna to that direction to maximize the RF signal strength. It can run as a standalone device, or as a repeater between the UAV and the Ground Station. We also add some extra function (e.g. fly mode changing, data logging), hope it can be a lightweight replacement of the ground station in the leisure flights.
The features of MAAT include:
Antenna tracking (in cooperation with APM and wireless data transmission module)
Aircraft status monitoring
MAVLink message relay
Fly mode setup during flying
Data logging (to micro-sd card)

The source code of MAAT is placed at http://code.google.com/p/mega-tracker. The MAAT project uses some code in the Ardupilot Mega project and the ArduStation project. We'd like to thank them for their contribution to the open source community.

 

 

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Comment by Christiaan van Vollenstee on June 14, 2013 at 2:17am

Are you planning on selling it? If so send me a private IM when this is available.

Comment by Dimitri on June 14, 2013 at 2:30am

Will it be open source ?

Comment by hazy on June 14, 2013 at 2:52am

Of course, it is open source.

Comment by Chuck on June 14, 2013 at 5:16am

Great to see a project acknowledge their source of base code, great job guys I will be keeping an eye on this one. 

Comment by Dimitri on June 14, 2013 at 5:18am

Sorry i've read fast and not see the link :) A must have !

Comment by Stefan Gofferje on June 14, 2013 at 5:29am

Does it have it's own GPS and magnetometers/gyros? Or does it assume e.g. that it's on the UAV's home position, pointing north when switched on?

I would also interested in getting one.


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Comment by David Anders on June 14, 2013 at 5:48am

Very nice indeed.  Do you have any details on the hardware componentry too?

Comment by binzi on June 14, 2013 at 7:01am

Yes. He has gyroscopes and magnetometers

Hardware configuration
Tracker
MCU: Atmega 2560
Gyro: mpu6050
MAG: 5883L

CTRLBOX:
160 * 128 LCD
MCU: ATMEGA 16A
USB controller chip: FT232RQ

Comment by Dimitri on June 14, 2013 at 7:48am

Not possible to recycle an old apm1 to run it ?

Comment by Phil Ellerbroek on June 14, 2013 at 8:49am

When / where is this available to purchase?

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