HK bixler + ARDUPLANE 2.24 + Remzibi OSD

Mission Log

 

Hi Guys ,

 

 

Few months ago i have bought the HK Bixler and planning to equip this bird with ARDUPILOT Mega and Remzibi OSD.

 

 

Regarding the BIXLER is equipped with the following rigs:

 

-2212-06 28A 2200KV SP Brushless Outrunner Motor

2212 2200KV motor

 

-6X4 TGS propeller

 

-3000ma 3S 20C lipo Battery

Please note that the battery is providing power supply to the entire plane (receiver, Camera, ESC, OSD Remzibi, Video TX etc …) I am using the balance plug to power up the OSD, Video TX and camera. Basically on the plane i have only one battery in order to save weight and to minimize the mechanical problems and having a single point of failure.

 

-Video cam : 600TVL SONY SUPER HAD CCD D-WDR Color Board Camera with OSD Menu DNR

Sony 600TVL

 

-Video transmitter 900mhz 800mw tuned on 980Mhz

 

-OSD Remzibi with the ARDUV1_72. firmware  and Flytron current sensor (100A). The radio signal strength is retrieved from the Dragon Link receiver.

ARDUV1_72 Firmware

 

-ARDUPILOT MEGA with the  ArduPlane2.24+Remzibi+Status_Leds  firmware

ARDUPLANE 2.24 + Remzibi addons

 

-Video TX antenna : DIY inverted V antenna tuned on 980Mhz

-Remote control JR9303 equipped with Dragon Link Module.

Dragon Link Module for remote control

 

Currently I am not using the Xbee Telemetry system

 

GCS :

 

 

-Eagletree Diversity

-DIY biquad Antenna and DIY ¼ wave ground plane antenna

-Lenovo T400 computer equipped with EASYCAP USB dongle for video recording.

-FRAPS and VLC software for the Video recording.

-Remzibi OSD for Video Signal information and GCS Battery level monitoring.

 

Remzibi OSD wiring and integration

 

The ARDUPILOT Mega integration with Remzibi OSD is very straight forward. 

 

Remzibi board GPS RX <--------------- ARDUPILOT MEGA telemetry TX

Remzibi Board GPS Ground <---------ARDUPILOT MEGA telemetry Ground

 

The stock channel 7 Configuration is triggering On/Off the OSD display.

 

-The Total plane weight is 1 kg.

-Flight duration : from 17 to 40 minutes and depends of my throttle management.

-Range : More than 10km.

 

Some Pics :

 

ARDUPILOT installation with the 980mhz inverted V antenna.

 

Full plane platform overview and the Dragon Link antenna is located on the plane tail. 

The 1/4 Ground plane antenna 

 

GCS pod with Eagletree diversity and the BIQUAD antenna

 

Remzibi OSD 

 

 

Regarding the Plane , i have no major comments because simply this plane is flying like a bird. No issue at all and this plane is able to welcome the overall additional payload and rigs.

 

According the ARDUPLANE firmware (2.24 release) ditto , no issue at all according the tests i have already performed.(well done guys , this release rocks).

 

I have tried :

 

-Manual mode

-Stabilize mode

-Circle

-RTL

-Failsafe

-Flight mission with 9 waypoints with circling.

 

So far no issue and all tested moded worked without any glitch.

 

The BIXLER configuration files (Many thanks Chris) are from Chris and the only modification I have imported is regarding the Radio Calibration. All other settings are stock setup from Chris and they work like a charm.

 

http://ardupilot-mega.googlecode.com/files/bixler.param

 

So far , with the ARDUPLANE 2.24 Firmware , no issues has occurred and I am more than satisfy regarding the current Arduplane Release 2.24 with Remzibi addons.

 

 

Cheers

 

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Comment by Rana on November 1, 2011 at 12:34am

Nice efforts ! I can see a tower created over the plane, is a "V" shape antenna, how is the performance of this antenna as compared with regular rubber duck antenna ?

 

Comment by Didier on November 1, 2011 at 12:54am

Hi Rana, far better in terms of performance compare to stock rubber duck.

 

Comment by jalves on February 22, 2012 at 2:54pm

Didier,

Do you see some "jittery" from the servos when using DragonLink and Stabilize mode (or FBW, RTL)?

Or Are the servos stable and calm when in normal, stabilize and/or FBW/RTL using the DL and Arduplane/APM?

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