Things are slowly moving forward.

The status right now is:

  • Boat has done some sea trials. It sails, and it sails better than expected.
  • Windvane is integrated with APM using a separate Arduino nano and I2C to the APM
  • APM installed in boat with GPS, compass and telemetry. Next step is to start logging data for use in for example simuliations the coming winter months
  • Sail Simulator installed on my home PC. 
  • Created a small processing program to read NMEA from the simulator and to emulate keyborad commands to it to control rudder and sheet.

Next step:

  • start writing a simple autopilot for sail simulator so i can develop steering and navigation algorithms this winter
  • Continue sea trials to gather as much data as possible before it gets to cold.

That is where i am!


Continued here

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Comment by CliffN on October 1, 2013 at 9:15am

nice to see it coming along with updates. post some vid too if ever

Comment by Magnus on October 1, 2013 at 3:28pm

I shot a short video on my second test sail. But watching it would just make you fall asleep. Almost no wind so the boat moved sloooowly past the camera.

Comment by kwijatkowski on October 2, 2013 at 2:06am

Do you want to write whole autopilot code by your own? I think you can modify Rover code for APM. BTW cool project!

Comment by Magnus on October 2, 2013 at 3:13am

So far i have only used the APM libraries to read the sensors for logging purposes. I think using the Rover project as a start is a great idea. The only problem is that i will probably need ground station features that aren't available in existing mavlink-based applications. But maybe implementing Mavlink in my own GS is not that hard.


Comment by Harry on October 2, 2013 at 9:29am

That is cool.  Autonomous sailboat, wow.

Comment by Harry on October 3, 2013 at 8:52pm

Tell us more, please.

Comment by Magnus on October 6, 2013 at 12:38am


What do you want to know?  :)  

Since i wrote the blog post i have improved the simulation environment. I have implemented a simple PID control loop to keep the simulator boat at a desired heading. 

I have a small program on the simulator PC that steers the boat by sending keystokes to the Sail Simulator. It also reads the NMEA messages sent from the simulator.  That program acts as a server to which my autopilot software connect. 


Comment by novrizal herdananto on October 10, 2013 at 8:11pm

this is just too cool... i'm following this..

Comment by Magnus on October 22, 2013 at 11:23am

My efforts are continued here.


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