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
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?