As you know, we are working on OpenLRS project since few years and It is an Open Source RC control system with telemetry, I2C and others. Few days before i designed this new boards. It is based on OpenLRS system but there is no 3.3v regulator, PPM or Servo outputs. It is an open Source Telemetry Module with XBee footprint. And today prototype boards arrived and i populated it for test and passed. Now we are waiting for quality PCB production (15 days).
- No more buffering problem of Xbee modules. Real time telemetry or control is possible.(10ms latency)
- Longer Range, lower frequency
- No networking stack. Everything in the code. You can write a mesh or point to point, everything is possible.
- Arduino ProMini based boot and Open Source design
- No Programmers or FTDI cable require. Just put it to USB to XBee adapter and load the firmware over Arduino.
- XBee footprint. (Serial pins only)
- 100mW 400-470mhz RF Module with FHSS and other functions (RFM22B)
- up to 3 miles range. (The record is 12KM with Nagoya antenna in England)
- 3.3v design.
My Job List:
- Open google code page for OpenBee in a few days (http://code.google.com/p/openbee/)
- Isolate the OpenLRS code's telemetry part.
- Test it at the field.
- Add an option for MAVLink packages (need help!!!)
- Find project members.
- Add the code for simulating OpenLRS Transmitter modules. Computer based RC control is possible with OpenLRS Receivers. Joysticks or something like that.
What are you thinking about OpenBee project? Is it good or bad idea?
Thanks for your comments