ArduCopter 3.0.1 has been released and is now available in the Mission Planner, firmware.diydrones.com, GitHub and the new Downloads Area.

Warning #1: Compass calibration and reducing interference is far more important than with 2.9.1b

Warning #2: GPS glitches can cause sudden and aggressive position changes while in loiter mode.  You may wish to reduce the Loiter PID P to 0.5 (from 1.0) to reduce aggressiveness (see image below of where this gain can be found in mission planner).

Warning #3: optical flow is not supported but will be back in the next release (AC-3.0.2 or AC-3.1.0).

Warning #4: loiter turns does not maintain altitude.  This bug will be fixed in AC-3.0.2.

Warning #5: This release has only been lightly tested on Traditional Helicopters.

Improvements over 2.9.1b include:

  • Inertial Navigation for Loiter and Auto meaning much more accurate control (Randy,Leonard,JonathanC)
  • 3D navigation controller follows straight lines in all dimensions between waypoints (Leonard,Randy)

         WPNAV_SPEED, WPNAV_SPEED_UP, WPNAV_SPEED_DN, WPNAV_ACCEL allows configuring speeds and acceleration during missions

  • "compassmot" to compensate for interference on compass from the pdb, motors, ESCs and battery.  (Randy,JonathanC) (Set-up video here)
  • Safety improvements:
    • simple Tin Can shaped Geo Fence
    • pre-arm checks to ensure all calibration has been performed before arming (can be disabled by setting ARMING_CHECK to zero).  (video description here)
    • GPS failsafe - switches to LAND if GPS is lost for 5 seconds
    • stability patch improvements to stop rapid climbs in very overpowered or overtuned copters
  • Circle mode improvements including "panorama" when CIRCLE_RADIUS set to zero (Randy,Leonard)
  • SONAR_GAIN parameter added to allow better tuning of sonar surface tracking
  • CH8 auxiliary switch (same features as CH7)
  • works on PX4 (some minor features still not available) (Tridge,PatH)

How to upgrade:

1. Make sure you are using Mission Planner 1.2.59 or newer (get it here)

2. Click on the MissionPlanner's Hardware, Install Firmware screen.  The version numbers should appear as "ArduCopter-3.0.1", then click the appropriate frame icon and it should upgrade as per usual.

3. Reduce the Loiter and Alt Hold PIDs if you have modified them from the defaults.  The modified PID values for the 3DR frame can be seen in the image below.

Note: Nav parameters have been combined with Loiter so do not be concerned if you can't find them.

4. Although not directly related to this release, if you purchased an APM prior to March of 2013, update your PPM encoder to the latest firmware (instructions here).

5. Try out the new version in stabilize mode first, then alt-hold, then loiter and finally RTL and Auto.

Numerous How-To videos are available:

Special Thanks to MarcoDaveC and the large number of testers on the pre-release thread who put their copters at risk during the extended testing period.  Some of their videos can be found hereherehereherehere and here.  Thanks also to MichaelO for the MP changes required for this release.

All feedback welcome.  Please put your questions, comments (good and bad!) below.

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Randy during a motor/esc out, can we not give full opposite rudder to stop or reduce the yaw during the recovery?

I always think that when (hope it never will) this happens to me one day, I will give full opposite rudder and try to bring her down while holding the the rudder stick in that position all the time.

Would this not help?

no, is AC3.1 rc3, but is no difference in Circle function

regardless what you configure on Do_Set_ROI, in Mission Planer you should add SET ROI command after each WP.Why? because when next WP is executed, previous Set ROI is overwritten with options you wrote above

???

Is there a released 3.1 now too? I've been seeing Randy refer to 3.1 but, knew it to be the next pending rolled revision. Yet others posting keep referring to their using 3.1 with revisions (rc1-7) and not 3.0.1 with revs.

So - confusing....

i hope you didn't sign anything about that :) you don't know how difficult is to lift 5Kg safely on a long range fpv trip. 

The official release should happen in about a week.  I'm pushing out -rc8 today which is just -rc7 with some minor changes.  I don't think there are any more coding changes that need to be made before the official release, just preparing the wiki and actually one of the major problems is getting a decent video together which uses the APM, PX4 or Pixhawk.

I have some good snippets.  The bits that I want to highlight in the AC3.1 video are:

    1. motors spin when armed

    2. take-off and land in loiter

    3. auto-tune

    4. drift (Jason has provided a video of this)

    5. general loiter and auto performance (I have a loiter in the wind video which partially fills this requirement)

    6. ROI (I have Dragu's video)

Cool! Great timing, I'm on the road and will be home in about a week. Looking forward to running auto-tune on my quad.

would we require RC8 for these videos or do you want them after 3.1 release? i may be able to do them during the week if 3.1 is released. let me know i would love to help out

Why do you have every door, the hood and the trunk open on your car? :)

Funny, I asked the same thing to myself:)))

Hi Randy I did a video for DJI arming and gps hold .. I could do one for APM2.5 on wards.. have a look at this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APYKxRRh3BE

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