Some GPS artistic drawings...

 Hehe, just a teaser for my yesterday's tests on VRBRAIN with latest 2.9 firmware! VRBRAIN uses the powerful ARM STM32F4 CPU and runs with the actual 2.9 firmware codebase.

 

 

This is the location of the code and DFUs: http://code.google.com/p/vrbrain/downloads/list

I have also set up a small and rather incomplete "how to" to upload the firmware into the STM32F4 ARM Microcontroller 

Man!, never had so much fun with the Auto mode! I am using a UBlox GPS on a Hexa frame with 10x4.5 APC props.

The main difference between our code and the original Arducopter one is that we drive our main stabilization loop at 400Hz (instead of 100Hz) and get samples from the Gyro and Accel at 1000Hz (instead of 100Hz) with only 10% CPU time used.

The filter of the MPU6000 is set to 98Hz, although the Alt_Hold with the accelerometers worked very well.

Some perf mon :
VRBRAIN @ 2500Hz-400Hz
Function:   cpu   avg(ms) max(ms) Hz
fast_loop   10.31 0.257   0.325   400.0
fifty_hz    0.20  0.040   0.093   50.0
gcs_check   0.16  0.004   0.118   350.0
update_GPS  0.07  0.014   0.105   50.0
medium_loop 0.04  0.007   0.029   50.0
super_slow  0.02  0.189   0.277   1.0
slow_loop   0.01  0.012   0.032   10.0
free CPU:   89.17 8922

Here is the picture of the Waipoint path, as you can see I am not good in drawing, but the path was followed very well.

 

 

One thing that impressed me was the alitude, in all the auto mission only 1 meter between max and min.

The new altitude hold with use of accels is doing a great job also in autoland and auto-approach.

 

 

To all the AC team a big thanks for the huge work!

And thanks to Roberto and VirtualRobotix for his VRBRAIN!

Original Blog Post : http://www.virtualrobotix.com/profiles/blogs/the-future-of-uavs-is

 

Emile

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Admin
Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 27, 2013 at 4:45am

Nice

Comment by OlivierD. on January 27, 2013 at 5:03am

Very nice, looks rock solid.


Moderator
Comment by Roberto Navoni on January 27, 2013 at 6:53am

Great Work Emile :) The best beta tester and developer of the world ;) 

Comment by Peter Meister on January 27, 2013 at 3:14pm

Awesome, simply awesome!!! The accuracy over current APM system is phenomenal ! 

Comment by emile on January 27, 2013 at 3:51pm
Roberto, not even far from reality... but thanks ;)
Comment by Oyvind Amundsen on January 27, 2013 at 11:15pm

Great Emilie!


Developer
Comment by Marco Robustini on January 28, 2013 at 2:15am

Adesso quando sento Navoni gliene dico quattro, ma la VRBrain dov'è? :-)
Ottimo lavoro Signori...

Comment by Jason Wise on January 30, 2013 at 3:42am

Is this the APM3?


Admin
Comment by Gary Mortimer on January 30, 2013 at 4:11am

No

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