I have finally put a Tri-Copter together in an attempt to get Tri's up to the same level of performance as the more common quad, Y6, X8, Hex and Octo. This is what I have put together:
based on these Hobbyking parts:
The tricopter has tuned up reasonably well using autotune and I feel happy with the performance so far. I didn't find the initial setup much more complicated compared to normal quad. I did find the first flight much more nerve racking because of the poor yaw performance during take off. I am interested to see if my confidence in the yaw performance improves now I have a reasonable yaw tune.
I am looking for feedback on what issues Tri-Copter pilots are having with Arducopter. Some of the issues I see are:
1. Dynamics of having the rear motor and propeller CG above the pivot point causes the opposite rotation to the thrust.
2. Roll, pitch, yaw and lift coupling potentially causing issues with auto-tune.
3. The frame type needs a stability patch to prioritize motor output.
4. There is no thrust adjustment on the rear motor based on angle.
5. Yaw auto-tune could be made more efficient by removing any D term or filter frequency tuning and going directly to Rate P tuning.
6. There may be improved motor mixing that does a better job at isolating the 4 control axis.
So let me know what you think I should be looking at that is particularly relevant to Tri-Copters.