Demonstration of ArduCopter Autonomous Flight Capabilities

Hi all,

I've made two videos showing the ArduCopter Auto (and RTL in second video) capabilities of ArduCopter.

The first video is a flight with 5 waypoints at varying altitudes and includes AutoLand.

I only did not include Auto Takeoff in these videos but can confirm that also works well. There was limited takeoff space so I took off in Stabilize mode and then switched over to Auto.

Still have to work on the jello effect, as it turns out I have one motor which causes a lot of vibration.

I hope this shows nicely how well this functionality works!

While flying I have had a continuous videofeed (as a failsafe) via FatShark Goggles and using MinimOSD for HUD projection overlaid on the video. Nb. the new 5.8 Ghz 600mW Tx from ImmersionRC works a treat even at longer distances!

The second video shows a flyover (at high altitude) of a local fair and a return flight via RTL.

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Comment by Виталик on June 3, 2013 at 6:02am

Thanks for the great video. And what did you use suspension for the camera? When autoland can be controlled quadrocopter? Thank you!

Comment by Stefan78 on June 3, 2013 at 6:40am

@ Vitalik: I use a cheap but pretty good camera mount from HK. The good thing is that it's 2-axis (pitch/roll) and if you have the right servo, you can pitch 180 degrees (up and down 90 degrees) while it can roll about 90 degrees (left/right 45 degrees). Link to Camera Mount

And yes, you can controll the quad (or hexa in this case) when in Autoland.

You can see I am moving the copter a bit away from the tree at the end of the video as I thought it was a bit too close. So I manually moved it a bit to the right while Autoland was in progress. During this adjustment I did not touch the throttle stick. This was the only control input I did during the entire flight and only because my home (and thus RTL location) was a bit too close to the trees.

Comment by Fernando Dotta on June 3, 2013 at 7:18am

Thanks for the video!!! Its really nice one!!! I have a custom frame too (a quad) and i use auto takeoff its relly nice feature. If you would like to see it working look the link.

By witch video editor did you use... it relly nice edition you´ve maded.

Comment by Виталик on June 3, 2013 at 7:31am

Thanks for the reply. Can you throw a mission plan or screen. I want to see how you put points autoland ...

Comment by Stefan78 on June 3, 2013 at 7:51am

@ Fernando: Thanks for the compliment! I checked your video and you have a pretty cool (and powerful) quad!

I used iMovie on my Mac to make the video. Has just enough tools for me and it came out of the box preinstalled on my MacBook. I actually have that laptop as a dual boot machine so both MacOSX and Windows 7 as I use that laptop in the field with Mission Planner under Windows

Comment by Fernando Dotta on June 3, 2013 at 7:52am

Sure... give me a couple of days, i will send the screen and I guess i can save the WP for you.

But it relly ez, just put in the 1st WP takeoff and when go to run the mission follow the steps:

1) arm the motors in stabilized mode

2) switch to auto

3) give a little Throttle and it will "fly away"... lol

So, witch video editor are you using? Im trying to put the hud and the map together on the video, without sucess...

Comment by Fernando Dotta on June 3, 2013 at 8:20am

Stefan78: Thanks too... Im using kdenlive on linux to edit my videos, but in didnt find out how to put the hud and the map together. Also in that video when the quad goes to WP2->WP3 its flying sideways (90 degrees of yaw). I need buy a nice camera (HD) to install on my quad.

PS: sorry in my last reply i mismatch the users and the replys.

Comment by Stefan78 on June 3, 2013 at 8:24am

@ Vitalik: I'll try to upload a screenshot of a Mission Plan later today.

In essence, you click on the map where you want your waypoints to be and then in the bottom half of the screen you can see the coordinates of the waypoints. For each waypoint you can choose a specific action, like Loiter but default is just a 'fly-to'  location. If you manually add a waypoint *before* the first ' fly-to' waypoint, then it will appear in the list without GPS coordinates. Edit that waypoint and give it as action ' Takeoff' and put in an altitude.

The moment  you then switch to Auto mode, it will take whatever position it has currently, and rise to the given altitude, and then continue to the next WP.

For AutoLand, I manually add a WP (again without coordinates) and give as action 'RTL'. When you have set RTL standard parameters to 0, it will automatically land when it reaches Home. Alternatively, you can add the 'Land' action as an action after the WP where you want it to land.Hope this makes sense

Comment by Phil Ellerbroek on June 3, 2013 at 10:16am

I am completely new to these autopiloting systems. When you program the autolanding does it land itself or just come to a WP with a reasonable altitude for you to manually land yourself?

Comment by Stefan78 on June 3, 2013 at 10:22am

Hi Phil and welcome! It does in fact come to a full and complete landing on it's own.


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