Hi all,

I have an Intel Edison and its Arduino Expansion board. I am thinking to make a drone (hexacopter) controlled by Intel Edison and not through radio control. I am thinking to send controlling commands to Edison and then Edison will communicate to flight controller to do pitch, roll or yaw. But I was unable to look for good flight controller to do this project. Pixhawk flight controller is one in mind, so that I will send commands to Pixhawk flight controller through serial link. I am not sure whether I am thinking right or wrong. Can anyone please suggest me best method to do so?

Thanks,

Durgesh

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How to Choose a Flight Controller?

A good pilot needs a good flight controller, but one FC isn’t always better than the other. Sometimes it depends on many factors, such as what type of flying you plan to do, and what kind of multicopter you are flying with. For example some flight controllers are easier to setup, some are better with small size aircraft, while some can do GPS and some cannot.

Also there are many clones on the market; they might appear to be similar and cheaper because of the low quality components they use. You will be putting your whole quadcopter at risk if an untrusted flight controller is used.

Conclusion:

It depends on the platform involved.  If I were to set up a race quad or just any kind of multirotor that doesn't need GPS, it would be the Naze32.  If I were to build a full-blown camera platform, I'd take the Vector.  I find these two to be the easiest to tune, have the most features, have the best price, and perform well after minimal adjustment. 

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For beginners the Naze32 is not the best bet. KK2.1 was much easier to get going. Naze32 is technically superior, but it isn't something I'd recommend to beginners. I've heard reviews that the Naze32 flies well "out of the box", but that is BS. It flies okay, but to get it flying well takes a lot of configuration. Same with the KK, but there you have an LCD and can change settings without connecting to a PC (which is unbelievably convenient). Don't get me wrong, both are excellent FC's, just I wouldn't recommend the Naze32 to an absolute beginner. The FC probably isn't the most expensive part of your build so if in doubt, start with something simple and easy to configure and then upgrade later if you feel the need. Selenium Training in Chennai | Software Testing Training in Chennai

HI,

Thanks for your reply. Really appreciate it.

I was looking for a drone for ariel recording with gimbal and camera. I dont want to built racing quad or so. Since I want my Edison to control the flight controller, I came up to pixhawk. It has serial bus from where I cam send commands serially and also its open source. I can program it however I want for interrupt signals from Intel Edison. And also it is very good flight controller, as I know. What do you think? 

Regards

What do you guys think of Pixhawk for heavy multirotor with camera system and other electronics? It also have all the features including auto leveling, GPS, position and altutude hold???

How to choose the best flight controller for your quadcopter or multicopter? The is probably the first few questions you ask before building your own quadcopter or multicopter.

Some Flight controllers includes the IMU and some don’t. It’s definitely a bonus if it does.

There are two main things to considering when choosing the best flight controller for your drone.

Flying capabilities

  • Gyro Stabilization – the ability to easily keep the copter stable and level under the pilot’s control. This is a standard feature of all flight control boards.
  • Self Leveling – the ability to let go of the pitch and roll stick on the transmitter and have the copter stay level.
  • Care Free– The pilot can control the copter as if it is pointing in its original direction as the orientation of the copter changes.
  • Altitude Hold – the ability to hover a certain distance from the ground without having to manually adjust the throttle.
  • Position Hold – the ability to hover at a specific location.
  • Return Home – the ability to automatically return to the point where the copter initially took off.
  • Waypoint Navigation – the ability to set specific points on a map that copter will follow as part of a flight plan.

Pricing

  • Low – less than $100
  • Medium – $100-300
  • High – $300+.

 

The quality of the software, components, and build must be taken into consideration when evaluating these boards. The forum and social media links above are a great place to research opinions on these factors. Oracle DBA Training | SQL Server DBA Training | Core Java Training | Dot Net Training | J2EE Training | Mainframe Training

How to choose the best flight controller for your quadcopter or multicopter? The is probably the first few questions you ask before building your own quadcopter or multicopter.

Some Flight controllers includes the IMU and some don’t. It’s definitely a bonus if it does.

There are two main things to considering when choosing the best flight controller for your drone.

Flying capabilities

  • Gyro Stabilization – the ability to easily keep the copter stable and level under the pilot’s control. This is a standard feature of all flight control boards.
  • Self Leveling – the ability to let go of the pitch and roll stick on the transmitter and have the copter stay level.
  • Care Free– The pilot can control the copter as if it is pointing in its original direction as the orientation of the copter changes.
  • Altitude Hold – the ability to hover a certain distance from the ground without having to manually adjust the throttle.
  • Position Hold – the ability to hover at a specific location.
  • Return Home – the ability to automatically return to the point where the copter initially took off.
  • Waypoint Navigation – the ability to set specific points on a map that copter will follow as part of a flight plan.

Pricing

  • Low – less than $100
  • Medium – $100-300
  • High – $300+.

 

The quality of the software, components, and build must be taken into consideration when evaluating these boards. The forum and social media links above are a great place to research opinions on these factors. Oracle DBA Training | SQL Server DBA Training | Core Java Training | Dot Net Training | J2EE Training | Mainframe Training

Do you know TopXGun flight controller?

www.topxgun.com

Is it open source?

TopXgun Linda said:

Do you know TopXGun flight controller?

www.topxgun.com

No, it is closed source, all software from ground are developed by TopXGun

wxjlgh said:

Is it open source?

TopXgun Linda said:

Do you know TopXGun flight controller?

www.topxgun.com

Hi, You want to build a drone for hexacopter? There are a lots of flight controllers on the market now. I suggest you should know what's drone features do you need to build? becuase difference FC have difference sensors including Gyro, GPS , Accelerometer, dynamic etc. Also have difference flight modes ( Heading hold, autohover, position hold etc.). Then you consider which flight controller is the best for your requirements. For hexacopter, you can consider these FC APM, Openpilot, Acro etc. I found a good article which make a comparison chart of  lots of flight controller for drone http://www.rcdronegood.com/flight-controller-board-comparison . Listed the popular FC and compare with their features and flight modes. After reading that you can find the right flight controller for your hexacopter. Good lucky!

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