Indoor fun with a tiny ArduCopter quadcopter



Do you have an Ardupilot Mega and shield and want some fun for little money? check this tiny quad... my last drone in family...



Some specs:
- Size : 26.5cm (10.4 inches) from motor to motor
- Motors : 18-11 200kv 10 gram motors
- Props : 4x2.5 (standard CCW props)
- ESCs : Turnigy 6A
- Battery : 3S610 (or 3S800)
- Sonar : Maxbotics LV-EZ0 [optional]


The nice part about this frame is that it use standard kite parts, so it´s very easy to construct and it´s perfect for some radical tests.
I tried to find a bit different design that also make the quad less simmetrical (it´s very easy to loss the orientation with a quad) and I wanted to do as small as posible to flight indoors...
At this size and weight it´s very safe and robust also. The props use prop savers and this help a lot in crashes...
I am not very good writing... so I took a lot of photos during the build phase and I created a build log:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fIZL-Ca2fx2RPhBQLzoOdqdCuikXRKe...

This code supports a sonar for altitude hold and also has a battery alarm (2 alarms).
This quad works with ArduCopter code, but because how main board is mounted, actual code doesn´t work. This is the code that I used with this quad :
http://code.google.com/p/arducopter/source/browse/#svn/branches/Arducopter_indoor
(as zip format:
Arducopter_indoor.zip )
note that this will be integrated on main Arducopter code. Now is temporarily in a branch.
The PID gains are different than in standard ArduCopter, so you need to Initialize EEPROM on Configurator or put this ones manually:
-Stable mode: P : 4.8 ; I : 0.12 ; P_rate (D in configurator) : 0.4 ; Yaw : (4.5 ,0.15 ,2.8 )
-Acrobatic mode : P : 0.75 ; I : 0.1 ; D : 0 ; Yaw : (2.4 ,0.2 ,0 )

OK, but was all so perfect like in the video? I don´t believe that...
Yes, you are right, but fortunately this design is very crash resistance... and this part is also fun...


After all this battles I only needed a few drops of ciano in the crash with the lamppost :-)

What´s the real size?


On center, standard arducopter frame, on left, old ArduIMU quadcopter part III, on right-top this project.

And what about the automatic aerobatics on video?
I am starting to test a new function to do automatic aerobatics (Automatic Aerobatic Procedure). The idea is that you enable this function with a switch in the Tx to make an automatic predefined aerobatic and then automatically recover to a stable mode.
This is actually a proof of concept but works very nice. One limit here is the maximun rate of the gyros, in our case 500deg/s. If we exceed this, the IMU get confused...
An interesting point to note is that the IMU doesn´t loose the orientation in this hard movements...
The story is that I have never feel too much confidence doing flips manually with quads. Then I start thinking that with an automatic code we can get a precise timing and controled movement so maybe this could help to do better aerobatics. I started testing this function outdoor, on an open field but I was improving the code and got more tightly maneuvers, so tight, that I ended up doing flips with a quad inside my room!!!


Here is the code I was testing : (AAP function:
AAP.txt )
I implemented this functionality as a state machine where there are three kind of states:
- fixed commands for a limited period of time. (example : Apply a throttle command)
- fixed commands until we reach some IMU state (example : roll until we reach a certain angle)
- And a mix between this categories and a control (example : Throttle command + stable mode on roll, pitch, yaw)
There are many things to test and improve here but the basic concept works very nice...

If I can get a bit of help from a friend, I will probably made a carbon fuselage for this prototype...

Enjoy this “Science & Fun” mix...

Jose Julio.
Arducopter Team

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Comment by Frank Toorenburg on November 21, 2010 at 2:09am
And it Flies !!!!!


Developer
Comment by Jose Julio on November 21, 2010 at 3:11pm
Congratulations Frank!!
you are the first... :-)

Developer
Comment by Jose Julio on November 21, 2010 at 3:13pm
@Jose Angel & @pizcolq, the sonar is for altitude hold (not used in the video). It´s optional in this project. You could see this in action in the old project: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3FyJZbtSBk
Comment by Cenk Kucukkoylu on November 21, 2010 at 4:48pm
hi, what is the total weight without the lipo?
Comment by Pizza on November 22, 2010 at 12:02am
cute! erm how does tilted propellers imitate the effect of counterrotating props?
Comment by Yun Youngjun on November 22, 2010 at 12:04am
I'm waiting for oilpan & mega board. I am almost dying for preorder of arducopter components
Comment by Frank Toorenburg on November 22, 2010 at 12:27am
@Cenk Kucukkoylu, 230 gram with and 160 Gram without Lipo

@Pizza, It works amazingly good!

I am now waiting to for the Sonar to get inn.

@ Jose Julio, Because I use the Tiny mostly indoor I like to mount the sonar on top so it keeps it height from the ceiling and not from the floor, what do I need to change in the code?

//Frank ..
Comment by Nick Sargeant on November 22, 2010 at 12:46am
Great build.
Is there any way to buy the kite parts without living in the UK?
Cheers,
Nick
Comment by Pizza on November 22, 2010 at 1:23am
@Frank, ops i mean i don't understand how tilting the propellers can create counter-rotating effect =X
Comment by geir on November 22, 2010 at 1:29am
It would be grate if we could try to make a shopping list, for us outside the UK.. I'll start looking for stores, shipping international.

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