Warning #1: an issue has been found with Tower's Pause button which can cause the vehicle to fly to an old position if the vehicle has not sent a position update to Tower in some time.
Warning #2: Copter-3.3.2 fixes a bug found in Copter-3.3.1's desired climb rate initialisation which could lead to a sudden momentary drop when switching from Stabilize or Acro to AltHold, Loiter or PosHold.
Warning #3: Copter-3.3.2 fixes an issue found in Copter-3.3.1 which could lead to hard landings in RTL or AUTO if the WPNAV_SPEED_DN was set too high (i.e. >400 or 4m/s) and/or the WPNAV_ACCEL_Z was set too low (i.e. <100 or 1m/s/s).
Warning #4: a bug was found in Copter-3.3 which could cause a sudden crash if you abort a Take-off initiated from a ground station. Video description is here. The bug is fixed in Copter-3.3.1 so we recommend upgrading.
Note #1: AC3.3-rc8 corrected a long standing bug in the HDOP reporting. HDOP values will appear about 40% lower than previously but this does not actually mean the GPS position is better than before.
Note #2: if upgrading from AC3.2.1 the vehicle's accelerometer calibration needs to be done again.
Note #3: set SERIAL2_PROTOCOL to "3" and reboot the board to enable FrSky telemetry like in previous versions.
Note #4: the wiki will be updated over the next few weeks to explain how to use the new features
Copter-3.3.1 is available through the mission planner. The full list of changes vs AC3.2.1 can be see in the ReleaseNotes and below are the most recent changes since AC3.3.
Sadly this version (and all future versions) will not run on the APM2.x boards due to CPU speed, flash and RAM restrictions.
Changes from 3.3:
1) Bug fix to prevent potential crash if Follow-Me is used after an aborted takeoff
2) compiler upgraded to 4.9.3 (runs slightly faster than 4.7.2 which was used previously)
Changes from 3.3-rc11:
1) EKF recovers from pre-arm "Compass variance" failure if compasses are consistent
Changes from 3.3-rc10:
1) PreArm "Need 3D Fix" message replaced with detailed reason from EKF
Changes from 3.3-rc9
1) EKF improvements:
a) simpler optical flow takeoff check
2) Bug Fixes/Minor enhancements:
a) fix INS3_USE parameter eeprom location
b) fix SToRM32 serial protocol driver to work with recent versions
c) increase motor pwm->thrust conversion (aka MOT_THST_EXPO) to 0.65 (was 0.50)
d) Firmware version sent to GCS in AUTOPILOT_VERSION message
a) pre-arm check of compass variance if arming in Loiter, PosHold, Guided
b) always check GPS before arming in Loiter (previously could be disabled if ARMING_CHECK=0)
c) sanity check locations received from GCS for follow-me, do-set-home, do-set-ROI
d) fix optical flow failsafe (was not always triggering LAND when optical flow failed)
e) failsafe RTL vs LAND decision based on hardcoded 5m from home check (previously used WPNAV_RADIUS parameter)
Thanks for your testing!
Thank yo for your reply Cala
It will be nice once the Wiki catches up on all these changes. Just a shot in the dark here but what is your MOT_THST_MAX set at? Mine is 0.95.
Anyone run autotune with parachutes on board and armed? Just going to autotune a new rig that happens to have dual Skycat's on board and wondered if it would be a good idea to take them off. Wouldn't be all that great if they fired lol! The chutes are designed to save the payload... But not the multi rotor so much at about 17'/sec.
today more flights, more test switching to stab and pos hold and works well
If you are in loiter/althold then the copter will attempt to hold altitude so you will need more throttle input to overcome the FCs attempt to hold altitude, this is how its supposed to work so nothing to fix. Out of curiosity why are you taking off in loiter or althold?
Loaded 3.3.2 rc2 on my 450 and 550 quads. Autotuned both and flew a bit this afternoon. All went well. Only thing I saw was the 550 tended to have a minor "quiver" side to side. Probably a slight vibration problem. Was testing new props. Will fine tune and recheck but believe that it is my problem not 3.3.2 rc2.
Thanks Randy & team for your excellent work and fast turn-around.
Yup, I agree wit Nathaniel. Just one thing.. taking off and landing in AltHold, Loiter or PosHold should work a-ok. I take-off and land in these modes all the time. If it doesn't work, I'm happy to have a peek at a dataflash log file.
@Nathaniel Tyson Taking off in GPS modes or Alt Hold has been SOP for quite some time with other flight controllers. It doesn't strike me as the best of ideas but nonetheless for many people it's totally normal and if you have a good GPS signal there's really no reason not to.
Oh I see, Seams like an odd thing to do to me, lose sensitivity at a critical phase of flight. But to each there own. Thanks for the response.
You don't actually loose responsiveness, it's just a different approach or style to lift off. You raise the throttle up to around 50% and the flight controller ramps up the speed as required to get it to hover height. I think it came from the evil world of DJI.
As I'm a control freak :-) I always takeoff/land in stabilize.
But as I am mostly flying in highlands, before flying missions, as a SOP I always arm and takeoff in one of the GPS modes first, to make sure I have a good GPS lock