Pi0Plane: A $150 smart fixed wing drone with the Pi Zero

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We have published a new tutorial in hackster !

This tutorial demonstrates how to build a low cost Linux drone with the Raspberry Pi Zero and the PXFmini autopilot.

The PXFmini is totally compatible with the Raspberry Pi Zero, and it provides different kind of sensors which allow, for example, autonomous missions. The drone uses a real-time capable Linux kernel, a Debian-based file system and Dronecode’s APM flight stack compiled for the PXFmini autopilot board. All these components have been put together by Erle Robotics in their OS image for the PXFmini.

All the components of the Pi0Plane can be seen in the image below. All the assembly of each component can be found in the tutorial.


Hope you like it, and feel free to ask!

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Comment by Tom Pittenger on August 30, 2016 at 12:10pm

ArduPilot working wonders natively on Linux. Love it!


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Comment by Hein du Plessis on September 3, 2016 at 12:19pm

I'm excited to try this, but on a slightly larger frame. From what I can see there is no GPS, so only FBW is really usable? In that case, all that processing power is a bit overkill! Can you recommend a GPS, power module, and telemetry unit that easily integrates with the PXFMini?


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Comment by Hein du Plessis on September 5, 2016 at 12:48am

Thanks James - where can one buy pre-crimped jst-gh connectors? I understand the crimping tool on it's own is extremely expensive.


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Comment by Hein du Plessis on September 5, 2016 at 12:50am

Just wondering - they look similar to the kind that's used on the pixhack - is that correct? If so, I have sourced a bunch and I can start right away!


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Comment by Hein du Plessis on September 5, 2016 at 1:05am

Thanks, you make it sound like the pixhawk 2 is available for purchase... did I miss a memo?


Developer
Comment by Tom Pittenger on September 5, 2016 at 1:08am
You can pre-order, it's shipping in about 2 weeks.

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Comment by Hein du Plessis on September 5, 2016 at 1:44am

That's great news, but I think I prefer the above form factor. And price :)

Comment by Lander Usategui on September 5, 2016 at 2:41am

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