Finally the project has a name, Project Nelson :) From the Seagull song fame" The Seagulls name was Nelson"

Finished the build today, did the first un powered launch today, went ok.


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Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on May 24, 2009 at 10:52am
Well this morning had the maiden flight, was perfect :) No rudder extension yet, the brushless upgrade works nice.

Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on June 4, 2009 at 10:54am
And on to the next phase of the UAV. Got the kit, XBee pro, Ardupilot, Adafruit and the GPS, only awaiting the FMA sensors.

Assembled everything last night and its all working, no problems whatsoever. The AP was powered on, GPS works and the XBee's was tested in loop back, works sweetly... We loaded the NE test software into AP and that was successful as well!

Now for the next step, get the sensors, wire everything together, get it in the fuse and do ground testing. We can test and wire but alas the sensors is still outstanding...

Till n ext time...

Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 4, 2009 at 11:05am
If you make a smaller one it can be a half nelson, so you set Nelson Free today then?

Well done Sarel, when I'm back down in November we shall have to do some flying together.


Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on June 4, 2009 at 11:11am
Would be nice indeed Gary, now now, would that be reducing the processing by half or leaving one processor on the ground ;)

Comment by Gary Mortimer on June 4, 2009 at 11:45am
Half Nelson is a wrestling term over here ;-) Now we could move onto the nautical Nelson type references.

Lots of area to play in down in the Midlands, same altitude though sadly.
Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on June 4, 2009 at 11:52am
Fully acquainted with Full/Half nelsons :) Cool place the Midlands, no doubt you know the song as well :) The seagull one...

Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on June 8, 2009 at 10:50am
Some more build news, did the airframe test with the NE software late afternoon, flicked the activation switch and success :D Another milestone achieved!
Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on June 8, 2009 at 12:04pm
Thank you for the good wishes. Working with the latest version 2.x.

Get the AP mout and start learning, sensors are not required for the first steps :) My sensors will only arrive in the next few weeks. In the meantime I got the Easystar build and flying. Then the AP stuff arrived, got to assembling the Xbee pro RF links, then got the AP board assembled, the software IDE installed and working. Next step was loading the test software and then todays test.

Now its loading of the AP 2.x software and then installing the sensors and integrating everything in the fuse and running some more ground tests, then the launch :)

Goals in general is to learn more about AP, specifically to learn programming Atmel, got no prior uC experience :) New challenge is nice tho.

Maybe do some work with the ground stations and develop that further, also develop pitot tube and Angle of attach sensor suitable for RC craft. Build some Brushless speed controllers from scratch and a battery charger and some motors as well, just for fun :D

Good luck with your project!
Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on July 12, 2009 at 2:25am
Sensors arrived, both the XY and Z :D Also got the shield with the barometric sensors. So now the integration can start, and the fun!
Comment by Sarel P. Wagner on July 14, 2009 at 1:00pm


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