I am proud to have the opportunity to announce hardware availability of a new target for TauLabs.

quanton flight control rev. 1 <-- shop site (on stock, worldwide shipping)

System information and components:


For those who don't know about TauLabs, please look here.



OpenPilot firmware on pre release hardware:

https://vimeo.com/51772080
https://vimeo.com/51772080
https://vimeo.com/51776478

TauLabs firmware on final hardware:
https://vimeo.com/58572704
https://vimeo.com/58536514
https://vimeo.com/58536515
https://vimeo.com/58668541

 

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Comment by James Cotton on February 2, 2013 at 12:37pm

Awesome Lilvinz.  I can't wait to see lots of people flying these around.


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Comment by Roberto Navoni on February 2, 2013 at 1:36pm

Hi Lilvinz ,

your board is exactly in same configuration of VRBRAIN :)  So as we can use OpenPilot on VRBRAIN , You can also join to development of Arducopter32 on your board :) You are welcome :)

Comment by Peter Meister on February 2, 2013 at 2:08pm

Way to go Lilvinz, I think this has great potential! Well done!

Comment by James Cotton on February 2, 2013 at 3:10pm

Tau Labs is open so anyone that wants to develop a board and support that part of the code can contribute a firmware target.  Pretty much every time we add a target it forces us to improve some aspect of the abstraction. Quanton is a 10 degree of measurement board for regular and autonomous flight using the Tau Labs code base.  Freedom has a different purpose, largely with the addition of the Overo to allow capturing high resolution logs and more sophisticated flight analysis.  Quanton also is the current record holder for the best sensor noise of all the boards I've tested (Revo, RevoMini, Quanton, and Freedom).

Robert - development on this is all done under Tau Labs.  OpenPilot tends to frown on anyone else using the code (part of the motivation of the fork).  It would be cool if you get the code running on VBRAIN - the more the merrier.  Feel free to ask questions at forums.taulabs.org

Comment by Gary McCray on February 2, 2013 at 4:22pm

James, looking at Open Pilots page states it is an open source community based project (and yet you are saying they frown on anyone else using or adapting it).

What part of community based and open source am I failing to understand?

Comment by Gary McCray on February 2, 2013 at 4:55pm

Is your Quanton Flight Control Board going to be available in the US?

When?

From Whom?

Comment by lilvinz on February 2, 2013 at 4:57pm

Oh im sorry if that is not clear. It is available worldwide.

You can buy it here: http://www.quantec-networks.de/quanton

It is on stock. When its out of stock you cant checkout anymore.

Comment by James Cotton on February 2, 2013 at 5:30pm

Gary - see this for example: http://forums.openpilot.org/topic/13432-diy-openpilot-based-flightc... (mirrored: http://imgur.com/QyQXEIL ).  Maybe the culture will change but as one of the lead developers (then) I was really disheartened to see that kind of vitriol at someone who was doing cool things with our code and making it more widely available.  The project just directs a lot of hate at people doing things outside of it's control under the guise of "we try do do the right thing and you are hurting the project using our kindness against us" *rolls eyes*.

Turns out when we forked off and relaxed things a lot we get awesome people like Lilvinz also generating a port to the F3 discovery, contributing really quality code, and making great new controllers for everyone.

Comment by Kenn Sebesta on February 2, 2013 at 5:39pm

I got lucky enough to be the first one to receive a Quanton, and can say it's an impressive piece of kit. I like the fact that it bolts right onto my microcopter frame, so all I have to do is get around to dusting off the mikrokopter ESC driver code and I'll be able to give my mikrokopter the upgrade it's been waiting on all these years. The fact that it's using the STM32F4 is just icing on the cake. The FPU microcontroller is letting me do vibration testing with an on-board FFT. (This feature is in review state and will soon go live in the main software.)

There's another feature of the Quanton which I think is really cool, and which isn't show here. The underside of the Quanton breaks out every header's power lead so that the user can apply a solder bridge to power only the pins they want to. That means no more fussing around with removing the power pin from ESCs when building a multicopter. I just solder one bridge and leave the others unconnected.

The same principle applies to the USART ports, although in those cases you can choose 3V or 5V.

I can place videos of flights if people want, although I think lilvinz has that pretty much covered. 

@Gary. James and I can both attest to (and provide ample evidence about) OpenPilot's closed community. The bullying, harassment, paranoia, and demonization we experienced is what drove us and seven other key players away from the project. The upshot of this is Tau Labs, which continues the work we did at OpenPilot only in a more democratic environment. However, this is not the proper place to discuss what's now the past, so I'll leave it at that.

Comment by Gary McCray on February 2, 2013 at 6:16pm

I just went through the Open Pilot postings Ick!

Must say doesn't make you want to engage in ANY kind of relationship with them.

Too much good Australian beer I expect. Scary.

Oh well, as you said Kenn, enough said, makes me really happy to be a DIYDrones member.

In any case the Quanton flight controller looks excellent and I sincerely hope we end up with a great Arducopter port of it,

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