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Has anyone achieved autonomous takeoff and landing with ArduPilot?

Posted on April 12, 2009 at 7:16pm 1 Comment

Has anyone achieved autonomous takeoff and landing with ArduPilot yet? If so can you share with everyone how you accomplished it. I have been wondering how to achieve this and what additional sensors / hardware will be required. Is it just a matter of setting way points and triggering certain tasks to take place at those way points for both take off and landing, or is there another way to accomplish this?

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At 5:30am on April 15, 2009,
Hi Michael, I actually bought it from the manufacturer,... its a 'real' UAV :) I'm also interested in going to the UAV Outback Challenge, and thats what I'm intending to take with me. I see your also in Adelaide, if you like we can go out flying sometime let me know.
At 6:02am on April 15, 2009,
The airframe was purchased on its own - its very very expensive! I have a variety of other planes which I also fly. Have a look at http://attopilot.ning.com/profile/Ios . I also fly a camera on an XtremeStick which you might find interesting; http://www.youtube.com/user/AvionaEvolution .Which autopilot are you using? I would suggest sticking to ARF trainers until you have that under control, but I find its also good building your own planes.
At 6:26am on April 15, 2009,
Attopilot should be available around May. I've only flown the primitive beta unit because I used to be a beta tester, but as you can see its pretty good. It is extreamly easy to use on any airframe and I highly recommend it.

The outback chellenge is going to be very competative this year, there are alot of guys doing brilliant things - can't wait. I'd love to see some of your designs.
At 12:11pm on April 17, 2009, automatik said…
re: http://www.diydrones.com/xn/detail/705844:Comment:70818

Hi Michael,
If you have LabVIEW it's fairly straight forward how to compile the code. I only made a change in Jordi's code with respect to how images (for artificial horizon) are loaded - it basically determines if it is being called from application (.exe) or development environment. I can send you / post that vi. Or if you look in photos in my profile you will see block diagram of the vi in question and recreate it. IIRC, there are 3-4 places in top level vi that should be changed - every place where "path to this vi" is called should be replaced with vi I amde. As for posting "built" application, at the moment I am not comfortable with it because I didn't test it on real ArduPilot board (don't have it) and because of discussion in this thread - I am under the impression that if Chris / Jordi where ok with it they would say so....I hope this is not (too) frustrating - from personal perspective I really have no reason (nor desire) not to show/release my modification for everyone's' benefit ...
At 8:17pm on April 21, 2009, Cory said…
Paparazzi has a lot of features, and if you program well you can make it do anything you want. Be prepared to spend plenty of time in the tuning portion of the setup.
At 8:47am on May 1, 2009, Dean said…
Michael - regarding your question of likely export date to Australia of AttoPilot, I have a letter here from US State Dept saying expect classification within 65 calendar days of April 14th (that would be mid-June) HOWEVER it also states that if I have a need to export the commodities prior to that then they give two contact phone numbers and names. I will talk to my lawyers about this today.


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