The new Gluonpilot 2 has been launched...

Yesterday I received one of the first updated Gluonpilot 2's from Tom Pycke in Belgium,

The Gluonpilot is an open source project created by Tom and the new GP2 is a completely new hardware design but firmware will run on both new and old Gluonpilots.

I have been flying the Gluonpilot extensively this season and I especially like the Ground Control Station which allows route updates during flight and displays everything live in Google Earth.

Gluonpilot2 specifications from the web-page;

MPU-6000 based
All needed sensors (including the switched power supply) are on the main board
On-board USB connector
2 voltage inputs for batteries
1 current sensor input
Extendable: all pins are available on the extension board (I2C, SPI, GPS, ...)
Rewritten OSD firmware with unique features: wind indicator, current navigation block name
High-Efficiency switched voltage regulator at 2.5Mhz
Top quality components for optimum performance: X7R capacitors & 1% resistors
Enough solder jumpers & in- & output ports to customize it to your needs

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Comment by Scott Berfield on November 16, 2012 at 10:41pm
Looks nice. Out of my price range right now, though.

Comment by Kabir on November 17, 2012 at 12:45am

why not MPU 6050?

Comment by icebear on November 17, 2012 at 1:27am

Scott - you may get a used GP1 which has the same funcionality for half the price (e.g. $100) which is not bad for a full featured autopilot.

Mohammed -the only difference between the 6000 and 6050 that I can see is the logic supply voltage of the 6050 can be 1.8v but I dont know if there are other differences/advantages of the 6050?

Comment by avionics on November 17, 2012 at 2:02am
My hat off to you. The design approach is very neat good luck

Comment by on November 17, 2012 at 2:58am

FYI we will also be selling these gluonpilot 2 boards from our shop in the UK.

Comment by Kabir on November 17, 2012 at 9:01am

@icebear the MPU 6050 has in-built sensor fusion, thus the main processor can be freed up and used for other tasks.

The APM 2 uses MPU6050 to take advantage of this.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2012 at 9:07am

The only difference between the MPU 6000 and the MPU6050 is that the first uses a SPI interface and the second uses I2C. In general SPI is preferred for UAV use, since it's more robust.

Comment by Kabir on November 17, 2012 at 9:33am

Thanks for clearing my confusion Chris, but does the MPU 6000 have sensor fusion too?

Comment by eduardo on November 17, 2012 at 9:35am

Afff ... most people dont know anythink about sensors !

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on November 17, 2012 at 9:43am

Mohammed: Yes, the chips are identical in all other respects. PX4 and APM use the MPU 6000 because it has the superior data interface, but both chips have the DMP. 


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