Cool use of Microsoft Virtual Earth as the visualization engine in a very sophisticated browser-based ground station. Check out the videos in this post
for more. VERY impressive.
No doubt this… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2009 at 8:55pm —
: "The Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum has mounted a display of unmanned aerial vehicles, essentially model airplanes outfitted with GPS, microprocessors, and surveillance tech for battlefield reconnaissance. Seen here is a… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 27, 2009 at 4:15pm —
I am happy user of OSD by Remzibi
and ArduPilot (though Ardu not tested yet).
OSD comes with MTK 5Hz 5V GPS. Info about this GPS here
It would be very nice to have both devices sharing GPS.… Continue
Added by Michal on February 27, 2009 at 6:46am —
The question is simple: why spend money on 4Ch plane, Co-Pilot & co??
I want to try to setting up a 3Ch plane with ArduPilot, somebody have any experience?
I choose the Multiplex EasyCub, 1400mm wing span.
Maybe I will use a yaw gyro to fix unwanted roll.
Added by Roberto on February 26, 2009 at 5:00pm —
SparkFun has sold out of ArduPilots again, but 200 more ArduPilots left Sparkfun production 30 minutes ago. The storefront
will reflect that inventory tomorrow or Mon, and backorders should be filled in the next day or two.
We've now sold nearly 300 ArduPilots!
Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2009 at 4:30pm —
It is a folding 6 rotor helicopter, inspired in X6 helicopter.
i would like to build in polyethylene technical plastic, it is light, shock resistant and easy to work with my cnc mill.
propellers are in a circle of 500mm diameter, i think best option in order to use standard RC parts is to use 6 x 12" counter rotating propellers.
3 (counter rotating) propeller of 12" have an 8% more surface than 4 propellers of… Continue
Added by jlcortex on February 26, 2009 at 3:00am —
ArduPilot 2.0 uses the same hardware as ArduPilot 1.0 but new software to do both the navigation and stabilization functions itself, with no need for a FMA Co-Pilot (although we still use the FMA XY sensor
). Here's how to directly connect the FMA sensor to… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 26, 2009 at 12:00am —
I am working in this project, it is a bidireccional RC transmitter.
Sometimes, i think than conventional transmitters start to have no sense for uav projects
This is a proyect with a small board with ARM7 (NXP LPC2xxx) and a Xbee PRO with 60 mW (similar performance than standard transmitter) and a Bluetooth module to connect with a PDA.
This board have 9 analog inputs for joysticks, and other… Continue
Added by jlcortex on February 25, 2009 at 12:30pm —
This blog post is an addition to the UAV Playground project blog
. It shows you how to program a very simple UAV Playground application that provides Google Earth with some KML data it receives as NMEA data from FlightGear.
[The poor formatting of the code sections is… Continue
Added by jaron on February 25, 2009 at 1:30am —
Today was the first flight test of my upgraded Easy Star with the ArduPilot installed. I encountered a few problems that will take some more tests to diagnose. Would appreciate any comments.
Here is the setup:
-Easy Star with the aileron conversion as documented in this RCgroups posting
-Towerhobbies 72Mhz 8 channel RX and Tower Hobbies 6XM TX.
Added by Jason on February 24, 2009 at 5:09pm —
I've finally gone through all the discussion on this site and categorized them so they can be more easily usable. You can see all the categories and the discussions in them by clicking on the "Forum" tab at the top. Please remember to select an appropriate category when you post a new forum topic.
As for blog posts, they operate a different way, using multiple tags rather than categories. So please add tags to your blog posts, so people can find them! I've also added a Blogs tab at… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 24, 2009 at 10:35am —
When you're starting a discussion in the forum at the left, please select a category if it pertains to ArduPilot, BlimpDuino or the UAV Dev Board. That way when people click on the main forum list
, they're categorized… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 22, 2009 at 11:40pm —
ArduPilot has a built-in power regulator, so you can power it from a separate battery at anything from 5-15v. To do this, you have switch the solder jumper from the default RC power to battery power. This means unsoldering the solder jumper that the board ships with and resoldering it on the other side. These pictures show the difference (apologies from my crappy soldering on the second one):…
Added by Chris Anderson on February 22, 2009 at 9:00pm —
For those of you who bought a UAV DevBoard
and who also live some place too cold to fly yet, I just finished a "roll-pitch-yaw demo" that you can use to show off your board. Firmware, documentation, and more details are available in a discussion of a direction cosine matrix estimator
Also, here is the… Continue
Added by William Premerlani on February 22, 2009 at 5:00pm —
If at any point you've managed to crash the ArduPilot code so badly that you've nuked the bootloader, don't worry: you can reload it. You'll need an AVR programmer
The best way to reload the bootloader is with the Arduino IDE, which is pretty straightforward. Just plug in your AVR programmer and select Burn Bootloader/ w/ AVRISP mk II. If you've already loaded AVR Studio, you may get an error… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Thanks to Rusty's detective work
, I think we've fixed the GPS lock bug (the blue LED was turning off even when the module was showing valid data). New code is here
(Basically every instance of "if (fix_position == 0x01) ..." should have been "if (fix_position >= 0x01)..." It turns out that there are three valid fix values: 1,2… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2009 at 6:00pm —
If you're having trouble flashing the ArduPilot code with Arduino 13, try upgrading the bootloader on ArduPilot to the latest version. You can do it with your AVR programmer in the Arduino IDE or use AVR Studio to program the board with the ATmegaBOOT_168_diecimila.hex file found in the Arduino folder hardware/bootloaders.
I was having that problem and this fixed it for me.
Added by Chris Anderson on February 21, 2009 at 10:18am —
I am interested in using the ArduPilot on an autonomous surface marine vehicle to control the rudder. The vehicle control system is predicated on having the vehicle's bow (front) pointed in a steady direction; not on having the vehicle make a specific course over the ground. The vehicle has a flux-gate electronic magnetic compass that provides NMEA data on heading. What would be required to modify the code to replace the GPS heading with heading from the compass?
Added by Payne Kilbourn on February 19, 2009 at 11:32am —
Hi this is the first picture of the ground station software i write for my xbee remote.
I got the horizon done, but to the lack of missing imu yet , i can only test it via keys, whats not so nice.
The compass works already with the gps data, and also indicates with the green ball where the copter is… Continue
Added by Viper UAV Project on February 19, 2009 at 10:00am —
Jordi has been flight testing ArduPilot all week and we've got a raft of new code to share over the next week and an exciting new dimension of ArduPilot to reveal. First, today's installment: an updated version of the standard ArduPilot code, with PID loops improved and some bugs caught. You can find the code here
This is the last version of ArduPilot that we will be releasing with a NMEA parser. Although NMEA… Continue
Added by Chris Anderson on February 18, 2009 at 10:25pm —