I was wondering if it was possible to create some sort of a virtual compass ( software ) for ardupilot.
The point would be to have instantaneous and unlimited access to the heading information in order to have a much faster Heading PID loop and be able to steer the plane directly to the next waypoint without any loitering in a relatively hight bank turn.
This brings us back to the thermopile characteristic. If the bank can accurately be determined, then the rate of turn is also known ( RoT=G*tan(Bank)/Airspeed hope I got it right ;-) ). By integrating this value over time we can then extrapolate "heading + error" . Erro can be computed with the gps heading and gps delays can also be taken into account.
It's actually a Kalman filter, from two observed parameters RoT (from Bank & Airspeed) and GPS heading, we combine the two and we have a value that benefits from the quick response of the first parameter and the long term accuracy of the GPS.
RoT = Rate of Turn
I think that this (,if it works, ) would be a substantial step forward. No need for a fast GPS. Even 1 Hz should be enough. As far as the CPU power is concerned, it only adds one tan() one integration at each cycle...
Thank you for letting me know if you share my enthusiasm.
Dave