Idea: Copilot II and ArduPilot "Plug & Play"

I have worked out a way to use a standard CoPilot II system combined with a simple ArduPilot board and GPS (No IMU or Thermopiles)

 

I would appreciate feed back as to possible invasion of CoPilot II copyright

 

 

Overview

 

The CoPilot II does not currently provide any telemetry. The ArduPilot can send telemetry information via xbee which means the CoPilot II immediately benefits from the solution

 

If enabled by the tx AUX, the ArduPilot also "steers" the CoPilot (and the CoPilot steers the plane)

 

Because the CoPilot II system is mature and stable this seems like a simple solution for less experienced users

 

My configuration also frees up some pwm ports on the ArduPilot for other uses

 

In this configuration the ArduPilot requires less code and does not require thermopiles or IMU which allows for a much simpler ArduPilot program

 

I am working on an ArduPilot package that would allow users to plug-in a variety of gps units (choice) without need for re-compile. So one size would fit all!

 

The CoPilot II would be setup as normal which supports either heli or normal plane and also supports 3D flying

 

The add-on package would come out very cheap because all that would be required is:-

1 x ArduPilot Board

2 x xbee

1 x gps

 

 

So I guess this could be a $70 add-on for existing CoPilot II users.

 

What attracts me even more to the idea is that CoPIlot II system can be purchased pre-installed in a high wing cessna or a fun jet. All gains pre-set and ready to go!

 

Does this sound like a useful package? Would it be legal to produce?

 

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  • Developer
    Fab,
    I have a HDX-500 with Eagletree Pro OSD, I can beta test your gps code with uBlox, EM-406 & MediaTek units, I will setup CoPilot II on a E-Smart 30 with your code. I have been to busy with AP 2.7 bata and X-Plane & FG sims... I almost have it going...
  • 3D Robotics
    Interesting, but I'm confused about one thing. ArduPilot already does everything CoPilot II does and more. What's the point of retaining the CoPilot system? It just seems like more cost and equipment for no additional functionality. Am I missing something?
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