Andrew Tridgell's Blog – April 2011 Archive (3)

APM flying a search pattern with a SkyWalker

After yesterdays transmitter failure, we flew the SkyWalker again today with Jacks Spektrum transmitter. This time everything went very well, and we successfully flew a search pattern over the CMAC field.

The flight we did was:

 - takeoff in fly-by-wire-A mode

 - switched to GPS loiter, worked well

 - switched to full auto, and flew a "mow the lawn" 18…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on April 26, 2011 at 3:31am — 7 Comments

Transmitter failure, but APM saves the day

I finished my SkyWalker build last night, and went out to CMAC to take it for its first flight. All the ground tests looked good (including the new 'system check' in mavproxy) so we took it for the first flight. About 60 meters into the flight I heard "MODE STABILIZE" from mavproxy, and I lost control. Jack and I watched as the…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on April 25, 2011 at 5:31am — 19 Comments

budget sunlight readable ground control station

This video shows the result of modifying a T41 Thinkpad to give a full colour sunlight readable display:


Full credit for both the idea and the modification should go to Nic Schraudolph from the Canberra MakeHackVoid group. I just supplied the old thinkpad to modify when Nic suggested that…


Added by Andrew Tridgell on April 14, 2011 at 6:30pm — 12 Comments

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