I am proud to have the opportunity to announce hardware availability of a new target for TauLabs.
quanton flight control rev. 1 <-- shop site (on stock, worldwide shipping)
System information and components:
- STM32F405 32bit arm cortex-m4 cpu with fpu, 192k ram and 1024k flash
- invensense MPU6000 3-axis accel and 3-axis gyro sensor
- honeywell HMC5883L 3-axis compass
- meas-spec MS5611 high precision barometer
- 32mbit spi flash memory
- up to 8 x pwm input, 1 x ppm input, up to 15 x pwm output
- up to 5 x uart, 2 x i2c, sbus, dsmx, mini usb, swd
- 50x50mm board size, 45x45mm mikrokopter style mounting
- schematics at http://github.com/taulabs
- sourcecode at http://github.com/taulabs
- binaries at http://jenkins.taulabs.org
- answers at http://thespyd.net/questions
- support at https://groups.google.com
For those who don't know about TauLabs, please look here.
OpenPilot firmware on pre release hardware:
TauLabs firmware on final hardware:
So I guess if I want to engage the team with any flight controls or IMU questions, there's no point posting to the OP forums anymore, is there :-)
Hi James, this is exciting. I have been waiting for an OP board for ever and I have pretty much given up on it now. Tired of waiting after the countless delays as they sort out whatever kink pops up.
I have two quad frames I am putting together and would like to try the Quanton on one of them.
This is very exciting and well priced too. Gonna pick one up right away!
I should also comment that our control loops are all running very quickly and with low latency and a lot of the flight modes give a lot of freedom to fly the way you want (e.g. attitude mode, axis-lock, weak-leveling, rate mode, virtual bar). I haven't flown it, but basically this board should have all the nice flight characteristics that made CC3D so popular with the benefit of altitude hold, position hold and eventually RTH etc.
Jason - short version, yes another board. If what you want to do is get flying autonomously today then APM or Autoquad are probably your best bet.
However this board will fully support all the autonomous work we are doing at Tau Labs and probably will be doing some position hold / altitude hold within the week (just gotta get vinz testing it). This is an active front we are really pushing on so expect fast progress.
As to why you might choose our software stack over others ... well obvious I'm biased. However, I think the code is top notch so provides a really solid basis to build upon. We've got a few controls professors working with us which should hopefully pull in the needed expertise. I think our GCS is really easy to use and makes configuration a relative snap (no recompiling etc). However don't let me mislead you - in terms of demonstrated abilities we still are playing catch up with the ardu platform.
Tau Labs is a friendly fork of OP. Previously if anybody disagreed with the powers to were, they were almost universally banned and ran out of the project. In contrast, I have witnessed quite a few disagreements while in Tau Labs, but they were discussed and nobody was asked to leave. Almost always the project comes out better off due to the intelligent discussion that followed. That's my idea of a friendly software project for what it's worth.
I have been in quite a few different projects over the years. Some good and some bad. Tau Labs so far has been one of the really good ones. A lot of thought has gone into setting things up for success. For example, we leverage a lot of github's services so that we keep the costs down. That way when somebody like lilvinz comes along and makes cool hardware and wants to sell it through his company, we aren't worried about somebody "stealing our revenue stream!" Instead, they are congratulated and their contributions are welcomed. Tau Labs is working under a proper non-profit organization right from the start. Just a few examples, but I suspect you will be seeing some great things in the near future.
Ok call me average Joe, but what does this mean for me? Another board vs my APM2.5 and my CC + KK + Cirus AIO Pro + Naze32 + others, what path do I take?, My fav is APM GPS with all the trimmings, does this offer me more options?
Depends who you ask but from our perspective it was because we didn't like where the project was heading (e.g. people getting kicked out of the core team without discussion, closed repositories, the kind of disdain like I posted above about people doing anything not ordained by the leadership, pre-ordering hardware that wasn't working properly without discussion with the development team, and finally transferring all the leadership into the hands of people with no technical knowledge).
We spoke out (vocally) against these issues and were eventually asked to start a fork and banned, so we did. Most of the developers subsequently left and joined Tau Labs.
sounds like sower grapes, why did u guys get banned
Thanks lilvinz !
currently the OpenPilot firmware is not in the state to properly support quanton.
On my github page you can find an OpenPilot port with binaries for quanton but
it does not make use of most of the sensors. When OpenPilot catches up i might
find some time to work on that port again.
Your order will be shipped tomorrow and i would recommend removing your paypal transaction
id from this board.