MatrixPilot 2.0 Released for UAV Dev Board

What's New in MatrixPilot 2.0
  • Combines the functionality of MatrixNav and AileronAssist into a single firmware.
  • Supports navigation using both ailerons and rudder.
  • Increases the number of Radio Input channels (from 4 to 5), and Servo Output channels (from 3 to 6).
  • Supports controlling Delta wing and V-Tail airframes, in addition to Standard airframes with or without ailerons.
  • More responsive to switching between Manual, Stabilized, and Waypoint modes.
  • Supports using the new uBlox GPS for faster navigation responses.
  • Super-basic camera stabilization code.
  • Adds serial telemetry output in a variety of formats.
    • Supports telemetry output in our own UAV Dev Board format.
    • Supports telemetry output using an Ardupilot Ground Station compatible format.
    • Supports NMEA output to a Remzibi OSD.

During my reorganization of Bill's excellent code base, I've been focusing on making it more configurable, more maintainable, and more easily extendable. So hopefully progress on this project will continue to accelerate! We have a growing group contributing code and testing through our email list, and we suggest that you join the list if you are an active user of a UAV Dev Board!

More info including downloads, a budding wiki, and our searchable subversion repository are available on our google code project page.

And of course, giant thanks to Bill Premerlani for the awesome hardware, for providing such a strong software foundation, and for tirelessly answering all of my questions.

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Comment by Morli on December 11, 2009 at 2:39am
Hi Ben, Great work, Congrats , pls keep up the good work.

Comment by William Premerlani on December 11, 2009 at 5:40am
Hi Ben,

Fantastic work. Thank you very much for taking over the continuing developments for the UAV DevBoard.

I am very grateful to you and the rest of the team for the large strides that you have made in only a few months. The team has added features that it would have taken me years to do all alone.

I look forward to working with the team on many other advanced features that we have planned.

Best regards,
Bill Premerlani
Comment by Bryan Cuervo on December 11, 2009 at 6:15am
This is fantastic! I'm humbled to have been a (small) part of such a professional, dedicated team.
Comment by Ho-Chung Chang on December 11, 2009 at 7:46am
Comment by Curt Filipowski on December 11, 2009 at 9:37am
Great work everyone! I'm right at the point to start testing my wing so I'll load up matrixpilot this weekend to play around with.
Comment by Curt Filipowski on December 11, 2009 at 9:43am
Also, I just realized I will be running Matrixpilot on a wing I named the Sentinel...sounds like it was meant to be from the beginning ;).
Comment by Morli_ on December 11, 2009 at 10:15am
:-)) , Curt , how about some photos of Sentinel and videos later on ,
Comment by Curt Filipowski on December 11, 2009 at 10:46am
Check out my blog post, I have a link to the build log of the wing as well as 2 videos of it flying around. I'll post more as I make progress with the devboard...but we have a high of -30C this saturday/sunday so no flying for me (and this is why I need an autopilot :) ).

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Comment by Chris Anderson on December 14, 2009 at 12:15am
Ben, does this support both the red board and the green board?

Comment by William Premerlani on December 14, 2009 at 5:12am
Yes, this supports both the red board and the green board. Thanks for asking.


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