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Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller
"Excellent points, Thomas!  I am indeed aware of the obsolescence of the MPU9250/AK8963 through my conversations with Kris, but I was unaware of his new motion coprocessor (he's so productive that I find it difficult to keep up!)  For…"
Jan 20
Thomas Butler commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller
"The MPU9250 is obsolete as is the integral AK8963 mag; has been for quite some time!. You might want to take a look at Pesky's latest here. They acknowledge the limitations of the proprietary Swiss EL7180 CPU (10mhz CPU) (in addition to…"
Jan 19
Daniel commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller
"It looks like you could almost adapt a small servo tilt on the cam."
Jan 10
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller
"A match made in machine-vision heaven ;^D"
Jan 9
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller
"I've added mounts for an OpenMV camera and a BlueSMiRF unit (for telemetry and eventually mobile-app control). Looking forward to getting my pre-ordered OpenMV H7!"
Jan 9
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller
"The USFS IMU is about the same price as the Adafruit BN0-055, but the USFS fits right on a Teensy (or similar board like the Butterfly dev board) and comes with a barometer too ;^)"
Jan 7

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Chris Anderson commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller
"Good tip on the IMU. I've been using both the Sparkfun 9250 and the Adafruit BN0-055. Will be interesting to compare"
Jan 6
Simon D. Levy posted a blog post

Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller

What could be more fun than hacking an RTF quadcopter to fly with your own custom firmware? How about hacking with your own DIY Arduino-compatible 32-bit flight controller?  This…See More
Jan 6
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post 130mm quad with simple C++ firmware, Part II: The firmware
"Thanks, Fouad!  The current firmware runs on Arduino-based boards.  Instead of Teensy, I'd recommend using an STM32L4-based board, like the Butterfly from Tlera Corp., so you can get both Arduino compatibility and floating-point…"
Jan 6
Fouad commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post 130mm quad with simple C++ firmware, Part II: The firmware
"Nice work. Do you still have the initial version that was intended to run on the teensy ? I was thinking of utilizing it for as a starting point for a rover rc car controller?"
Dec 26, 2018
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller
"Thanks!  There's certainly a lot of exciting DIY activity going on with building-from-components, esp. in the FPV racing community, where the increasing sophistication of ESCs continues to blow my mind.  It's because of my…"
Nov 21, 2018
Laser Developer commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller
"Very cool project. I wonder if "DIY" drone projects are becoming "hacker" drone projects where less fundamental research is involved in favor of re-engineering existing subsystems that are already tried and tested. The time comes…"
Nov 21, 2018
Simon D. Levy posted a blog post

Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller

Looking around for an inexpensive, almost-ready-to-fly brushless-motor quadcopter to use a basis for indoor flight-control research, I was delighted to come across the  Altair Aerial Blackhawk.  With its extra-long extension legs and GoPro mount (which I plan use for additional…See More
Nov 20, 2018
SAMRIDHI JAIN commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post GooMPy: Interactive Google Maps for Python
"Harry , yes Gmapcatcher is another map program but it is in gtk you cant use it in any other application."
Jun 1, 2018
SAMRIDHI JAIN commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post GooMPy: Interactive Google Maps for Python
"how can be converted to the qt file ? and how can we change the location in the map as it is not fetching the longitude and latitude of India's cities."
Jun 1, 2018
Simon D. Levy commented on Simon D. Levy's blog post AirSim + TensorFlow = Deep Learning Fun!
""Unfortunately our classroom was not equipped for video capture, but the lecture notes and assignments are all posted online.  For hands-on self-teaching, I can also recommend this new book about Deep Learning.""
Dec 19, 2017

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About Me:
Simon D. Levy
Professor
Computer Science Department
407 Parmly Hall
Washington & Lee University
Lexington, VA 24450
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
My students and I write programs in Python, Java, and C++ for controlling and simulating UAVs and other robots:

https://github.com/simondlevy
Hometown:
Lexington, Virginia

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Hackhawk II: An Arduino-compatible brushless flight controller

Posted on January 6, 2019 at 3:06pm 7 Comments



What could be more fun than hacking an RTF quadcopter to fly with your own custom firmware? How about hacking with your own DIY Arduino-compatible 32-bit flight controller?  This…

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Hackhawk: Hacking the Altair Aerial Blackhawk with your own flight controller

Posted on November 19, 2018 at 7:54pm 2 Comments

Looking around for an inexpensive, almost-ready-to-fly brushless-motor quadcopter to use a basis for indoor flight-control research, I was delighted to come across the  Altair Aerial Blackhawk.  With its extra-long extension legs and GoPro mount (which I…

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AirSim + TensorFlow = Deep Learning Fun!

Posted on December 18, 2017 at 9:00pm 2 Comments

Originally developed as an MAV flight simulator, Microsoft's AirSim program recently added the ability to drive a simulated  car.  Although my own interests lie on the MAV side,  students in my recent AI / Deep Learning…

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HackflightSim Rebooted

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 4:31pm 2 Comments

In earlier posts I described HackflightSim, an open-source quadcopter flight simulator built on the V-REP robotics simulation platform, using actual C++ flight-control firmware. After seeing the kinds of beautiful,…

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At 3:33am on May 16, 2017, Saksham Dutta said…

Sir,

I need to implement the Extended kalmann filter for state of charge estimation in battery monitoring system.What can be the code for this?.I will be coding it into a texas instrument IC for monitoring the battery pack.Any insight you can provide would be extremely helpful.

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