I've created a working antenna tracker for my hexacopter with a MultiWii controller using a spare Arduino Nano V3 and an XBee Pro 900 pair. MW protocol is decoded and GPS LAT/LON/Speed and ALT and extracted. The issue I have is that the positions are updated with an amount of lag that can become an issue performing close fast passes.
After watching a number of videos of the various trackers out there it is fairly apparent that they all show the same lag. The antenna's all seem to point behind the drone as it is travelling along perpendicular to a zero bearing.
Read quite a few posts and it does appear that a few of you have tried looking at a solution to this.
What I would like to propose is to calculate an estimate of the actual drone position based on the last three positions and the current speed. using three positions can give you the angle of a curve. The distance traveled from the last point along that curve can be estimated from the current speed. In the time between the last GPS pos and the next one to arrive, you could estimate where it should currently be. You could also filter out repeat coordinates based on where you estimate it should be next. In my case, the hexacopter can be speeding along and then come to a stand still at one position. If the last three GPS positions are the same then the curve and distance calculations should resolve to the same position.
The question to put out there is if anyone has come up with any related maths to work this one out?
When you think about it, most GPS car navigation systems would use this method to show your position moving along smoothly on a freeway, so there must be some maths already out there to work this out.
Input greatly appreciated.