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At 6:03pm on October 4, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Sounds good. Doing it on a Decimila and protoshield is fine. Jordi's failsafe is a good idea, but make make it slightly more complicated, so my advice is to test the basic autopilot on a flight simulator first and only after it's working bother with the failsafe.
At 9:53am on October 17, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
You mean RC simulators or standard flight simulators? I don't know any any good free RC simulators, but there are lots of free flight simulators, such as FlightGear and Xplane. We use those for hardware-in-the-loop autopilot simulations.
At 7:15pm on October 19, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
I'm afraid not. ArduPilot is designed for an plane with elevator, ailerons, rudder and throttle. You need at least one more channel to turn the autopilot on and off, and a sixth channel to turn the FMA Co-Pilot on and off.

Transmitters aren't expensive, so you should be able to get a six-channel one for $60 or so....
At 8:01pm on October 19, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Yes, you can, but typically you'll want to tune its sensitivity in air with a proportional sixth channel. But even if you don't, you'll still need five channels, with the fifth to turn on the autopilot..
At 11:52am on December 21, 2008,
3D Robotics
Chris Anderson
said…
Fixed..Thx!

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