PX4/Pixhawk Flight Core Controlling FireFLY6 VTOL

Hi,

I recently discovered a post on RCG here back in May 2015 from a new member about using a single Pixhawk for VTOL control on the BirdsEyeView FireFLY6. It lead to the PX4 page below describing some development firmware for the Pixhawk. Does anyone know if there have been updates to this development or how to obtain the firmware for testing?

VTOL Firmware for Pixhawk

PX4 Page to BirdsEyeView FireFly

Thanks.

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  • I have changed the parameters and used the new guide and firmware of FF6.

    I will send you new parameters.

  • Hi babak,

    What was your final solution?

    babak said:

    hi Greg, I finally amend this problem, now I can transmit from hover to forward flying

    tnx for your help

  • Jimmy,

    Today, there is tiltrotor support for the FireFLY6 in APM Plane v3.8.0. No AVA key is needed. You can find pre-release firmware and setup information here. Also, the PX4 stack supports tiltrotor for the FireFLY6 hardware.

    Good luck!



    Jimmy Oliver said:

    I just acquired the FireFLY6 and am puzzled how to bypass the AVA key. $499 for mapping and camera control? Can I start with the provided (birdseye) firmware and modify it in Mission Planner? Is there now support for Tiltrotor?

  • hi Greg, I finally amend this problem, now I can transmit from hover to forward flying

    tnx for your help



    Greg Covey said:

    The problem with using two flight controllers is that it requires having the FireFLY6 Transition Bridge. I would first try the PX4 stack solution which doesn't require a key.

    babak said:

    Greg what is your idea about using two flight and RC at this project, how can I do it???

  • Is there Mission Planner .px4 file for this? Will Mission Planner work after loading with QGC?



    Paul Meier said:

    read all this thread and:

    http://px4.io/portfolio/firefly-y6/

  • read all this thread and:

    http://px4.io/portfolio/firefly-y6/

  • I just acquired the FireFLY6 and am puzzled how to bypass the AVA key. $499 for mapping and camera control? Can I start with the provided (birdseye) firmware and modify it in Mission Planner? Is there now support for Tiltrotor?

    Greg Covey said:

    Hi Paolo and babak,

    When you say, "I downloaded the Y6 tiltrotor BirdsEyeView configuration", I am not certain what this means.

    If you meant that you downloaded a Pixhawk configuration file then you do not have the required custom FireFLY6 firmware for the Pixhawk.

    If you meant that you downloaded the custom FireFLY6 Pixhawk firmware, then you still need the AvA key to activate it.

    Lastly, if you are using the older "Classic FireFLY6" firmware, then you need the Transition Bridge module and a second flight controller; one for hover mode and one for forward flight mode.

    I hope this helped...

  • @Paul btw, I think it's a fair question and I understand very well why you would ask ;)

    @Greg yes that's us (UAVenture). The updates to PX4 came from the work we did there.

    After looking through the posts here I gave the build page for the Firefly on PX4 an update as well: http://px4.io/portfolio/firefly-y6/ . All that is really needed to get PX4 going on the Firefly (or the Convergence) is selecting the airframe in QGroundControl.

    The more technically interested will find this commit informative: https://github.com/PX4/Firmware/pull/6245/commits/364a57016fe88abbd... . It shows the basics that were necessary to get the Convergence going (startup configuration and mixer).

  • Hi Andreas,

    Thanks for the information. I have also found a video on YouTube below. I think it is you but I could be wrong.

    E-flite Convergence Autonomous Mission Flight

  • thanks Andreas

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