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  • am much interested in drone building and programming , have skills in machine learning too
  • I’ve built two quadcopter drones using Ardupilot. I want to build an aircraft drone using a home built biplane wing. I want to use a Mate
    k H743 Wing flight controller which is supposed to run under Ardupilot but I'm unable to get the firmware loaded.

    When Ardupilot 1.3.74 tries to load firmware for Plane 4.0.7 it gets the error “Failed to discover board ID. Please reconnect via usb and try again.” This happens when flight controller is connected with the boot button pressed or not pressed.

    When the boot button pressed the Device Manager has an additional USB controller with a “DFU in FS mode”.
    Without the boot button pressed, there is an additional USB controller with a “STM32 Virtual ComPort in FS Mode”

    Also, without the boot button pressed, the normal startup lights and sounds for a flight controller initialization occur.

    Does anyone know what how to get the firmware loaded in Ardupilot?
  • Also my pixjawk is in a Sig Senorita 3 channel plane. When I originally set it up I simply put the rudder on the aileron channel. It seemed to work. Should I do that differently now? I see some things in the params on that but not sure how to set that up. Thanks

  • Hi there everybody. I have been out of the loop so to speak for 2-3 years. I have the original pixhawk. It's running 3.7.1 ... should I update the FW?? Is there a limit to the versions I should not go beyond with my older Pixhawk? Thanks

  • Hi ArduPlane fans,

    For all of you interested in the Internet of Drones platform which we are developing, please join to this group
    Among the many benefits provided by the platform some are:

    1. Remote visualization of the drones flights including others than your own

    2. Routes planning and remote control of own drones, from any place where the internet access is available
    3. Evaluates risk assessment for the planned routes

    4. Alerts for the potential colision, drone malfunction, entering restricted space and others

    5. Encrypted connection with the drone (optional for downlink)

    6. Manage your drone(s). In case of larger fleet, the drones can be gouped by purpose

    7. Visualization of the flights history

    8. Data sharing among the drones for the detected objects in airspace

    9 .Displaying dedicated airspace for drones (in later version as this will be specific to countries which currently in most of them is not fixed)

    The first version of the DroneRoute device will support Pixhawk flight controller

    DroneRoute - The Internet of Drones platform
    This group is created for the discussions related to the Internet of Drones platform, which we called DroneRoute
  • Any suggestions for vendors stocked with the variety of electrical connectors and cables needed for connecting RC gear to autopilot modules (e.g., Pixhawk2, etc.)?

  • Thanks Craig- that's something I never knew. Really cool. My glider is more modest. I'm really new to pix4 and I was looking for advise or strategies to achieve a RTL on loss of signal or visual ID. Should I use a geofence. Or a loop to achieve a circling descent to the launch site. Thanks for educating me on this project!

  • Developer

    @Mark : lots of gliders and rocket planes too.

    Check out Project Lohan http://www.theregister.co.uk/science/lohan/

    (Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator)



    It's pretty cool

    3D printed            - Check

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    ArduPlane           - Check

    Supersonic          - Check 

  • I was wondering if anyone has worked on, or knows someone who has, developed a rocket glider or any type of glider application with arduplane.

  • @MarioSpeedwagon

    I wish there was more in that story about the nuts and bolts of the flight system. It looks very well designed and thought out. I'd say that plane probably has a far superior range of a multi rotor but it's interesting ,and perhaps telling, they didn't share any footage of how they retrieve the plane. That is one advantage of a multi rotor you need basically zero ground clearance for take of and retrieval. Like anything I guess it's hard to have your cake and eat it too. 

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Cruise speed

Hi,I want to adjust cruise speed.At default settings I have a ground speed of about 42km/h (without airspeed sensor), and I think the optimal speed should be lower. In the mission planner I have value "Cruise speed", default 12m/s. I updated it to 9.5, but don't see any change in actual cruise speed.How to set cruise speed?Are these different settings with RTL speed? For RTL I prefer keep it as is - less efficient, but more reliable.Is it possible to adjust cruise speed during flight, providing…

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Long distance LiPo

I'm currently building a Talon (v3), mainly waiting for parts.While looking for high capacity batteries I found out two things; There are a lot of brands, and prices are still steep in the high-cap regions.I've also seen a few people on the Tube using 18650 cells, but none of those explain why.Does anyone here have experience with these custom 18650 packs?And which 'cheap' brands of standard 5~12A 4S seem to work best?I'm going to use an Emax GT3526 710KV swinging a 13x6.5 prop, which should…

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Quad plane pitch problem

Hi I have been setting up 2 quad planes, pretty standard setups...flying wing with 4 vtol motors and a rear mounted pusher motor. Both builds wich are on different firmware versions have reversed pitch in quad mode but correct pitch and pitch stabilisation in plane mode. I cannot for the life of me find a parameter related solely to quad pitch reversal. Is there anyone out there that can help with this? Thanks.

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PreArm Check Error : Gyros inconsistent

Hi guys, I have a Pixhawk from Radiolink and always in every first attempt of armed I get the error "PreArm: Gyro Inconsistent".The most strange thing is that i'm using only the external gyro+compass. i disabled the internal to avoid this issue. Also- I tried to recalibrate the gyros at least 5 times.- I changed the firmware version from the latest to the 3.8.53 because i have a friend with the same board and he does not have issues.But i have the same behaviorIf i disconnect the battery and…

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