Testing quad copter with APM, Mission Planner and a Saitek Joystick

I've been flying the quad for a bit now trying. Decided to test the functionality of a X52 controlling the quad. Aside from the bad pot on a older x52 I'd say it works pretty well. I'm tempted to go out and buy a new x52 based off these results..


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Comment by RC Tech.se on November 16, 2012 at 2:56am

Trying to fly inside a parking garage is far too hardcore for me! ;-)

Comment by Dany Thivierge on November 16, 2012 at 7:06am

was was the lag like? 

Comment by Scott Fuller on November 16, 2012 at 10:11am

@Stefan - The parking garage is perfect for calibrating and testing. It's somewhat underground so there's no wind!

@Thomas - I'm using the 3dr RF link on 900mhz. I'll be switching to 433mhz later on.

@Dany - I'm in close range right now. The latency was that of about my DX7. Then again the quad is still flying me vs me flying the quad. As I take it outside and gain distance I'm sure the latency will increase. 

Comment by Scott Berfield on November 16, 2012 at 11:52am

How do you connect up the joysticks to the MP?

Comment by Scott Fuller on November 16, 2012 at 11:58am

@Scott - It was Joystick -> Ultrabook running W7 and MP -> 3dr Radio -> 3dR Radio -> APM

MP has a button in there to assign joystick outputs to inputs. In the case of the x52 it was X for roll, Y for Pitch, and Z for throttle. The 'Rudder' was a bit different as it was something like Kz or something. I was able to use the AutoSelect button in MP then move the rudder to detect that input. Interesting was the fact my trigger button was trying to change my flight mode. I ended up adding that input and selected none.. Just in case my trigger finger became itchy.. 

Once MS releases the Surface Pro I'll be loading MP up on that and using a Surface Pro for my ground station! 

Comment by Jesse on November 16, 2012 at 1:08pm

"No ma'am, I didn't scratch your car. Those rotor strikes were already there."

Comment by Scott Fuller on November 16, 2012 at 3:14pm

@Jesse - In Arizona we called that "Arizona Pinstriping"... I'll have to figure out what they call it here in Cali! 

Comment by Jani Hirvinen on November 17, 2012 at 7:20am

Scott & All, there is no magic on connecting it to work with MP. I made these flights 1 year ago and now MP/AC software is a lot better than that time. You only need to have normal joystick that windows recognizes correctly and then you define different channels to certain pot poins on MP and off you go.

Already during this flight I did not have any noticeable lag


Only thing that is important that you don't go beyond capacity of your telemetry. During this flight we were using XBee 900 PROs with 57k dataspeed.

Comment by Scott Fuller on November 17, 2012 at 9:34am

@Jani - Excellent to hear! I need to buy a new joystick before progressing any further. 

Comment by Norman Sanchez on November 17, 2012 at 10:57am

Than good I use the x52 and is very good the only thing is to use only three flight modes


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