Scott Thompson
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  • Victoria, BC
  • Canada

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Electrical Engineer w/ emphasis in control systems.
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Started with a COTS frame with the goal to create my own controller using a dedicated AHRS w/ EKF (quaternion/Euler angle estimator) that would provide controller redundancy with an FY-90Q backup and a watchdog signal. Never had success with FY-90Q and further research into quads landed me to obtain an OpenPilot CopterControl board, which yielded my first quad flight but was short lived when one of my dogs came 'round with a snoot full of static :( Been on waiting list for ArduPilotMega V2 board and installed it recently and won't look back. It's everything I tried making my controller all wrapped up in a much smaller package with even more features--not to mention a well design ground control station. I've stopped reinventing the wheel, as APM2 is exactly what I need and want and is my go-to controller.
Victoria, BC

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Implementing ESC Fail Safe

Posted on April 23, 2012 at 4:30pm 9 Comments

I had a request to provide information on how I implemented an ESC fail safe on my quadcopter and posted a small image of the process under the ArduCopter 2.5 firmware thread.  Since I suspect there may be a more general interest in this, I'm posting a blog segment on this fail safe.

Above is an image of the process.

Also, here's a pdf…


First Endeavors: New to RC to Building First Quad to First Flights of Unit.84

Posted on March 11, 2012 at 9:00am 7 Comments

What a journey the past nine months have been.  At university, a classmate built an Arduino-based quadcopter for our senior capstone design project, but I was already committed to a 4WD Mars-type rover robot project.  I was toying around with some RC helicopters, but I had my eye on the quad...

Moved to Canada after graduation and went to work specifying a quad frame, motors, ESCs and such.  So much has happened in the quad industry in the past 9-12 months.  Coming…


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