Autonomous Thermal Hunting with the ThermoPilot v5

Here a video of the ThermoPilot v5 in action during a full autonomous Thermal Hunting flight (HIL mode with the APM Planner) with an ArduPilot Mega 2560. When the pilot activate the "THERMAL Mode" with the transmitter, a 3D reference point is recorded, the glider drone begins to do a full autonomous searching of the thermal upwards in the selected zone. The area is defined by a max radius from the reference point, a ceiling and a floor altitude. The main objective of the glider drone is to fly itself in this area and hunt the Thermal upwards to gain altitude...

The ThermoPilot project, a development of a Thermal Hunter Glider Drone is under the phase 3 with the ArduPilot Mega 2560 on board. The firmware used here, Thermopilot v5.0 (JLN version), is an updated version of the APM firmware v2.23....

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Comment by Ryan Beall on September 15, 2011 at 4:13pm

Congrats man! Looks like it worked out really nice!  That's the first real footage I've seem of my blue vertical speed bar idea.  You like it for this application or does it need to be more or less sensitive in this case? 

Comment by Jean-Louis Naudin on September 15, 2011 at 10:02pm

Hello Ryan,

Thanks for you comments. Yes, I really appreciate the blue bar about the vertical speed indicator, this is a good and helpfull idea.

Regards, Jean-Louis


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