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Using Pixhawk with a Fatshark headtracker

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Salopek Nov 17, 2017. 2 Replies

It's amazingly difficult to find information on this subject.I'd like to control the pitch, roll, and yaw, of my gimbal (Storm32 controller), from the control outputs of a Fatshark Trinity…Continue

Can I connect a 3DR radio to the Solo?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Salopek Nov 2, 2016. 4 Replies

Subject says it all.I'd like to control the Solo via telemetry radios...and via Mission Planner or Tower.Thanks...-BillContinue

Use a Phantom 3 (4S) battery on my Pixhawk hexacopter?

Started Mar 12, 2016 0 Replies

Kinda of a silly thought, but since I own a Phantom 3, and a Pixhawk-based hexacopter (that normally uses 3S batteries), I was thinking it would be nice to consolidate my battery purchases.Of course…Continue

How to ensure Pixhawk reaches a waypoint's altitude before flying on?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Bonney Feb 5, 2016. 19 Replies

Hi guys...I fly in mountainous terrain in New Mexico.I'd like to ensure that my F550 reaches a waypoint altitude before moving on to the next waypoint (more important of course flying UP along rising…Continue

 

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Bill Salopek commented on Alexander Mora's blog post New to drone photography - A must see Infographic
"Tom, are you in the USA? If so, call your local FSDO (Flight Standards District Office)...they may/should have the answer...remembering that really no rule is ever for sure until decided by a judge. I know the FAA allows a businessman to fly his…"
Aug 5
Bill Salopek replied to Rafi Nahmani's discussion Is it legal/practical to make a quad-copter drone at home for commercial photography?
"Yes it is...absolutely...home-made quadcopter fall under the exact same laws."
Aug 5
Bill Salopek replied to Akos Makovics's discussion ESC issue on first drone
"Perhaps the servo functions needs to be set to the correct motors... See if this helps: http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-rcoutput-mapping.html"
Aug 5
Bill Salopek replied to Markus Thurman's discussion 40x zoom lens captures clear detailed picture of your target from 1km away
"Very nice...where can I find more information?"
Aug 5
Bill Salopek commented on Mauricio's blog post Pioneering steps into fixed wing - water landing drones in marine ecology
"Can someone explain how all the electronics have been waterproofed? There's also mention of "redundancy" in reference to electronics getting wet...that seems to be saying if some electronic component gets wet and fails, that a backup…"
May 26
Bill Salopek replied to James Miller's discussion Qgroundcontrol and mission planner compatibility
"James did you figure this out? I'm wondering because I would also like to know if MP and QGC can be used interchangeably. Thanks..."
Apr 30
Bill Salopek replied to David B Bitton's discussion What is The Smallest ArduCopter Capable Flight Controller
"Many of the flight controllers typically associated with Betaflight, iNav, etc, can be flashed to arducopter.  I use a Kakute F7 all-in-one...but there are many others.  All these are FAR smaller and lighter and integrated than the Pixhawk…"
Apr 7
Bill Salopek commented on Toby Lankford's blog post Reserve/Redundant Battery Switching
"Hi folks...I just thought I'd drag up this old thread to see if there's been any new thoughts or developments about an emergency backup battery, and whatever switching is needed. (Like Tom said, backup power supplies for computers exist,…"
Mar 11
Bill Salopek replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Using Pixhawk with a Fatshark headtracker
"OK...what I did was use a y-cable from the SBUS out port on the X8R...sent one to the Pixhawk of course, and the other to the SBUS input on the Storm32 card...in this way I avoided using PWM.  Other possible solutions I heard for using PWM is…"
Nov 17, 2017
Bill Salopek replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Using Pixhawk with a Fatshark headtracker
"I wanted to clarify a bit... The Pixhawk IS recognizing the control inputs from the radio...but it is NOT passing those control inputs thru to the gimbal. I can see, for example, RC8's input PWM value change...I can also see the bar move on the…"
Nov 17, 2017
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Using Pixhawk with a Fatshark headtracker

It's amazingly difficult to find information on this subject.I'd like to control the pitch, roll, and yaw, of my gimbal (Storm32 controller), from the control outputs of a Fatshark Trinity headtracker (mounted in Dominator V3's), using a Pixhawk, Taranis X9D, and X8R receiver.I do not want to use Mavlink, telemetry, or serial port instructions for the Storm32, as those ports are already overly busy handing the GPS, OSD, etc...so I want to use plain ole RC channels.The Trinity headtracker…See More
Nov 17, 2017
Bill Salopek added a discussion to the group 3DR SOLO
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Solo gimbal "micro jitters". Using Prodrenalin V2 as a fix.

Maybe this has already been mentioned, but...I balanced my props and did the HDMI cable mode...and I still have micro jitters. So I tried Prodad's Prodrenalin V2, which is supposed to address micro jitters and such...(version 1 did NOT address those issues...or not nearly as well).Prodad has a trial version you can download. (I have nothing to do with Prodad.)Anyway, I made a video showing the results...the results are good. The jitters are vastly reduced. I'm no professional Youtube creator,…See More
Nov 22, 2016
Bill Salopek replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Can I connect a 3DR radio to the Solo?
"Please check this thread for more info on connecting a telemetry radio: http://3drpilots.com/threads/control-solo-via-3dr-telemetry-radios.7288/#post-82145 -- Bill"
Nov 2, 2016
Andre K. replied to Bill Salopek's discussion Can I connect a 3DR radio to the Solo?
"Chris; what's the future for the Solo now ?   Will 3DR continue to maintain, add new ArduCopter features, or release all source to let community do so.. or ... the bad solution  ? (let it die as closed source and forget it)"
Nov 2, 2016
Bill Salopek commented on Brad Roekle's group 3DR SOLO
"I'd like to control the Solo via 3DR telemetry radios (perhaps for greater control range vs wifi).  Is there a way to connect a telemetry radio to the Solo?  Thanks..."
Oct 31, 2016

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