Making a quadcopter RC controller with a WiFly radio

From Hackaday:

When [Matt] started building his multirotor helicopter, he was far too involved with building his craft than worrying about small details like how to actually control his helicopter. Everything worked out in the end, though, thanks to his homebrew RC setup built out of a USB joystick and a few XBees.

After a few initial revisions and a lot of chatting on a multirotor IRC room, [Matt] stumbled across the idea of using pulse-position modulation for his radio control setup.

After a few more revisions, [Matt] settled on using an Arduino Pro Mini for his flight computer, paired with a WiFly module. By putting his multicopter into Ad-hoc mode, he can connect to the copter with his laptop via WiFi and send commands without the need for a second XBee.

Now, whenever [Matt] wants to fly his multicopter, he plugs the WiFly module into his MultiWii board, connects his laptop to the copter, and runs a small Python script. It may not be easier than buying a nice Futaba transmitter, but [Matt] can easily expand his setup as the capabilities of his copter fleet

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Comment by Harry on August 23, 2012 at 12:16am

So, is that WiFly really a drop in replacement for the XBee?  I see something on sparkfun about needing pullup Resistors. 

Is there a problem using it with 2.4 Ghz RC equipment on board?

Comment by Marooned on August 23, 2012 at 1:23am
Comment by dr3x on October 21, 2012 at 10:41am

The video is maybe not the best advertisement for the product

Comment by Arghyadip Mahapatra on January 1, 2014 at 10:34pm

which type motor I can use to make this re helicopter???? some one please help me...

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