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Male


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KZN


About Me:

Software developer and Drone builder


Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest

Robotic indoor navigation in commercial spaces


Hometown:

Westville


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Jasper Pons replied to turdsurfer's discussion Why no physically separate multicopter controllers and autopilots yet?
"I dont see any problem with redundant acc and gyro. 
duplication of gyro+acc is more common than you think, even the cheapest gybalslike this one have a duplicate gyro and acc,  as well as a their own processor. 
Drones are just platforms for…"
Mar 9, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to turdsurfer's discussion Why no physically separate multicopter controllers and autopilots yet?
"Harry, the multiwii FCU followed a similar path, this board has been around for 3 years and it took a bit of the GPS processing off the hands of the FCU, at the same time converting the serial GPS connector into and  i2c…"
Mar 9, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to turdsurfer's discussion Why no physically separate multicopter controllers and autopilots yet?
"Hello Ben, yes, thats exactly what happens, one board (the FCU) permanently stabilises the drone, thats all it does - try and keep it level and straight and at the same height using its accel , gyros and baro. this is a standard FCU. A multirotor…"
Mar 6, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to turdsurfer's discussion Why no physically separate multicopter controllers and autopilots yet?
"  Dan Neault has already done exactly what Robbie describes, although I'm not sure if he used ROS.
http://diydrones.com/group/learning-to-program-the-ardupilot-mega/f...

Scroll down a bit there's even a photo. He's upgraded since that photo to a…"
Mar 6, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to turdsurfer's discussion Why no physically separate multicopter controllers and autopilots yet?
"Good point Ben, we could have a watchdog timer which would pass the RC signals through to the FCU in case our board blacks-out, In early versions we  probably needed this but lately our system is more reliable. If our board totally fails, it will…"
Mar 4, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to turdsurfer's discussion Why no physically separate multicopter controllers and autopilots yet?
"It hasnt duplicated hardware, it has created a redundant system with a safety factor. If our board locks up due to a faulty sensor , the drone can still fly.
most FCU code is bloated and difficult to integrate to, it usually conforms to its own…"
Mar 4, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to turdsurfer's discussion Why no physically separate multicopter controllers and autopilots yet?
"good idea, we have done this and have been working on it for a few years. it uses  its own laser, IR, and ultrasonic sensors and controls the FCU  over a SumPPM or PWM connection, it uses the FCU's own baro /alt hold to assist. Tested on  Naze 32,…"
Mar 4, 2015
Jasper Pons posted a discussion
We have made a start on establishing safety guidelines for the use of indoor drones:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/indoor-drone-safety-protocol-jasper-... view the article here: www.dronescan.co/downloads/dronesafety.pdfAny comments would be…
Mar 4, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to Daniel Schmitt's discussion Althold referencing the ceiling
"Daniel - KISS - Keep it simple.
the direct laser is the best way if it works. if not then contact me.
The dronescan board has telemetry back to a pc and you can set the height remotely from a windows app. not sure if you need this feature, if you do…"
Jan 29, 2015
Jasper Pons commented on Laser Developer's blog post Wide angle laser beams for anti-collision
"we would use the wide beam SF10 on our forwards mountings in our warehouse. currently using SF10 for vertical, and cheap IR/sonar for forward sensing, but need to maintain distance of 1m in front of warehouse racking, so need a wider beam, the…"
Jan 28, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to Daniel Schmitt's discussion Althold referencing the ceiling
"Hey daniel , we have done this  for our patented airborne barcode scanning system with downward facing sonar/SF10 liaser. check out these videos, currently works with maxbotic sonar and/or lightware laser. 
We could easily transfer it to the top for…"
Jan 28, 2015
Jasper Pons commented on F. C. Bearsch's blog post Rethinking the RC "Controller TX" - SuperMan FM Continued-
"has anyone tried this one for $25 , includes a free drone:


http://www.banggood.com/UDI-U830-2_4G-4CH-6-Axis-Hand-Sensor-Mini-R..."
Jan 27, 2015
Jasper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Agreed Sam, however vision based drone navigation systems are scarce at the moment.
I think navigation systems that need to fly in a "choatic" space are a different challenge to those needing to fly in a structured space. In the warehouse it is very…"
Jan 27, 2015
Jasper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Aaaargh Dan you have it all. wish i knew this 3 years ago! Looks like you are ready to go on the warehouse scanning, all you need to do is hook into our drone-database protocol. Can you ask your client if they would be interested in being agents for…"
Jan 25, 2015
Jasper Pons commented on Chris Anderson's blog post Using LIDAR-Lite to sweep an arc for sense-and-avoid
"Hey Dan, Ha Ha, agreed, lots of demo products out there, we often get the "2015, Quarter 3 " answer when asking to purchase, hence we continue struggling along with our own.
Thanks for all those tips, we seem to be in parallel universes on different…"
Jan 23, 2015
Jasper Pons replied to anubhav prabakar's discussion obstacle avoidance programing using 6 maxbotix (XL-max sonar - EZ/AE) range finders (arducopter) in Learning to program the Ardupilot Mega
"Hey Dan, we followed the same approach , controlling the drone using sum ppm signals.
Love your sensor array! Do you not find that the sonar's interfere with each other and only one can be ranged at any one time? We automatically range our sonars…"
Jan 22, 2015
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