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Build drone BBBmini

I saw on the Linus page that he stopped selling the BBBmini kit, so I ordered a shenzhen2u, it arrived in 30 to 40 days.
In the kit, it features a mounting bracket for the HC-SR04, my question is: should it be mounted in front of the drone, to avoid o

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ESC/Motor Calibration

If I recall correctly the previous version of Mission Planner had an ESC/Motor calibration setup screen. However, this now appears to be missing. Any idea on how to do ESC/Motor Calibration now?

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PreArm Compass Offsets too high

Every time I configure the compass successfully, I get the message "PreArm: Compass Offsets too high". The most recent values are X:-144, Y:-261, Z: 586. This seems to be causing an issue with the Motors. After dozens of tries of either "sudo ~/ardup

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Startup Issues

Completed my build, and compiled.  Here is what I get:

debian@beaglebone:~$  sudo /home/debian/arduplane -C udp:

Init ArduPlane V3.6.0 (f8e0e91c)

Free RAM: 262144
load_all took 34us
0 0 0 DataFlash_File: buffer size=16384
HMC5843: Could not d

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Led support


I finished the led (A,B,C) like APM boards.

I'm attaching the DTS for Buzzer and LED's.


To compile you must use

dtc -O dtb -o /lib/firmware/BBBMINI-BUZLED-00A0.dtbo -b 0 -@ BBBMINI-BUZLED.dts

and load the DTS before arducopter(in my case I'm u

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BBBmini Rev. 1.6 wish list


this is the next BBBmini Rev. 1.6 wish list. After discussion I will sort the requests into YES, MAYBE, NO.


  • Add second IMU
  • Add I2C bus pull up resistors
  • Add WS2812 LED support
  • Remove HC-SR04 support (results are not as expected)
  • Add Buzzer suppo

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BBBMINI Rev. 1.5

Just want to introduce the new BBBMINI Rev 1.5, it will be available in February 2016.

Features are: 

  • Fix issue with HC-SR04 voltage divider
  • Add second I2C connector
  • Voltage and current sensing support via power-module
  • Add resistor values to bottom silk s

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Rev 1.4 hardware issue

There is an issue with the Rev 1.4 boards. Input and output of the HC-SR04 voltage divider are swapped.

Rev 1.4 wrong:




This issue will be fixed with Rev 1.5. Please make sure to connect the HC-SR04 the right way.


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The display driver is now in master and enabled for BBBMINI by default. If you want to use a display with your BBBMINI just buy a SSD1306 128 x 64 OLED display (about 6$). The display should have four pins GND, VCC, SDA, SCL.

Connect the display to th

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Lidar Lite on BBBMini

Has anyone tried using Lidar Lite with the BBBMini? I know some of the early Lidar Lite units had I2C issues and the recommendation was to use PWM, but can the later units be used (via I2C) or is there still no support? Also, would it be possible to

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