I would like to share my experience using navio+ as flight controller.
At first when discovered navio i was a little skeptic if this board could really be as good as it looks. I read all the documentation over at Emlid.com and i finally decides to order one for testing.
When i got my hands on this board, i immediately fell in love. Nice layout and solid connectors and at last, this board fits beautifully on top of the RPI.
Then i installed Real Time Kernel for RPI and Ardupilot. Installation went painless, just following theirs instruction line by line.
An important note! You dont need to be a linux geek to get this going. Everyone is able to put this togheter.
After the installation is complete, you can launch anyone of the supported vehicles:
Typical ArduPilot start command:
sudo ArduPlane -A udp:<GCS_DYNDNS>:14550
Then just use Mission Planner and connect using UDP option.
So after several days with bad and ruff wheatear, the sun was finally shining and i immediately packed up for maden flight.
Today i was flying for 60min using Navio+ as flight controller and 4G for video and telemetry.
I have one word; Awesome.
My aircraft Skua FPV was rock solid after running Autotune function.
- Navio +
- RPI 2
- 4G USB Cellular adapter
- Logitech C920 webcam with gstreamer
- Logitech Gamepad F710
- GCS ( My Laptop with Mission Planner )
- Airframe Skua FPV
This brilliant board keeps everything in one piece, specially when using 4G / 3G cellular. There is no need for extra converters as i used before with APM or pixhawk in conjunction with RPI.
I simply connect the 4G usb to RPI2 and start the Ardupilot with UDP telemetry option. Simple as that.
Guys at Emlid currently works to get the Odroid-C1 support for Navio+ .
APM autopilot port for Navio+ currently works with:
- Raspberry Pi Model A
- Raspberry Pi Model B
- Raspberry Pi Model A+
- Raspberry Pi Model B+
- Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
I will post an "HowTo configure RPI, Navio+ and Cellular network" at my website: UAVmatrix.com
So for those of you that are skeptic, try it. you won’t be disappointed.
Emlid gives you great and fast support at theirs community section.
Bernt Christian Egeland