Tag: Flight Controller

Navio+ Raspberry Pi-powered flight controller now runs APM too

Navio+ Raspberry Pi-powered flight controller now runs APM too

January 12, 2015 15:41 | By | Add a Comment

The folks at emlid.com notified us that their promised port of the Arducopter APM code is now complete, turning the Navio+ board into a ready-to-use flight controller for your UAV needs.

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The Navio+ is an add-on board for your Raspberry Pi with all the sensors and equipment you need for your unmanned missions: MPU9250 IMU, MS5611 barometer, uBlox M8N GPS, serial UART, I2C, PPM inputs, a ton of PWM outputs, and even triple-redundant power source, switching from servo rail to Raspi USB power to a separate power module on the fly in case of problems.

The real interesting part is that the Raspberry Pi gives you a very open and accessible linux environment aboard your vehicle, with all the usual capabilities in addition to what the Navio gives you. Want to run  a special python script or some linux program you wrote during your mission? Now you can, and it’s a heck of a lot easier to pull of than trying to write custom code for the Pixhawk. Want to add wifi to your quadcopter? Just plug in a wifi dongle.

The Navio+ is available for preorder for USD $168.- at their website, with the first units expected to ship early February.

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NAVIO is a navigation shield for Raspberry Pi

NAVIO is a navigation shield for Raspberry Pi

March 31, 2014 16:13 | By | 1 Comment

It’s hard not to like the Raspberry Pi. It’s a massively useful and cheap computing platform that has transformed hardware hacking in a way that can only be compared to the Arduino before it.

And now, Navio aims to offer a complete sensor and interface board to allow your Raspberry to function as a controller for RC vehicles. They even plan to port APM to the Pi.

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Hardware highlights include the MPU9150 Acc/Gyro combination, MS5611 Barometer, UBlox Neo6T GPS, as well as Pixhawk-compatible serial and I2C connectors.  If this got you curious, you should check out their website.

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T1000FC GPS Auto Pilot Review

T1000FC GPS Auto Pilot Review

February 28, 2014 15:00 | By | 5 Comments

The T1000FC is a cheap autopilot for fixed wing aircraft and promises a simple way to have your aircraft automagically return to you at the flick of a switch. But does it live up to that promise? Find out in our detailed review!

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KK 2.1 Flight Controller Review

KK 2.1 Flight Controller Review

February 23, 2014 14:42 | By | 11 Comments

The KK 2.1 is here! This incremental hardware update features new sensors and a beefier microcontroller, but does this improve performance? Read all about it in our review after the break!

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Rabbit 2: Rabbit tries it again

Rabbit 2: Rabbit tries it again

April 2, 2013 13:41 | By | Add a Comment

Remember the Rabbit flight controller? The one that violated the open source license of MultiWii while claiming they did it all by themselves? They’re back for more – more of your money, that is. Check out what $120 (on Goodluckbuy) will get you from them after the break.

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MultiWii 2.2 Released

MultiWii 2.2 Released

March 16, 2013 14:52 | By | Add a Comment

MultiWii 2.2 is now available for download from the project’s Google Code site. This is a major update that boasts greatly improved GPS support (incl. native ublox GPS support, no more manually setting baud rate and GPS update speed!) , new flight modes, improved stability, as well as a redesigned ground station software. Want to do waypoint-navigation via google maps on your mobile phone? This is the way to get there without breaking the bank.

Full changelog after the break.

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KK 2.0 (KK2) Multicopter Controller Review

KK 2.0 (KK2) Multicopter Controller Review

July 4, 2012 11:17 | By | 35 Comments

LCD Screen! Accelerometers! It even glows in the dark! The new KK2 flight controller from Rolf Bakke sure has a lot going for it, but is it worth the noise that HK is making around this controller? Read on for an in-depth review!

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Crius All In One Pro is a grown-up Crius SE

Crius All In One Pro is a grown-up Crius SE

June 28, 2012 11:25 | By | Add a Comment

Need a new MultiWii flight controller, but want more serial ports and extendability? The Crius All In One Pro (or AIOP) is there to fill the void. Full technical specs of this interesting FC coming up after the break.

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i86 Lite costs $1 less, removes features

i86 Lite costs $1 less, removes features

June 28, 2012 10:55 | By | Add a Comment

Hobbyking is now selling the i86 Lite – in essence a rebranded Eagle N6 V2. The improvements are a slightly lower price and the fact that the microcontroller is now getting its clock signal from a crystal oscillator, which provides for a more stable clock frequency.

And how does this improve the flight performance? Quite frankly, not at all. It’s a more clean design from an electronic engineering point of view, but out on the airfield it doesn’t matter. The regular i86 has more than adequate flight stability and whether the clock frequency is exact down to the second comma is irrelevant for that.

On the negative side, the i86 Lite loses support for fixed wing aircraft, so you cannot use it as a cheap and powerful 3-axis airplane gyro anymore.

Our verdict: Skip the i86 Lite, it’s not easier to use, doesn’t offer more stability, but actually has less functionality at the marginal benefit of a more stable CPU clock. Get the regular i86, it’s the simplest and cheapest way to get flying with a multirotor craft today. You set the DIP switches for your craft, dial the pots so it doesn’t wiggle, and you’re good to go. Check our i86 Flight Controller Review for all the details on this board.