10 May 2017

Micro OSD for APM Auto Pilot Drone

Steps show how to connect wiring, configure display and download the firmware.

OSD Configuration


Micro OSD Board
OSD Board Pin Layout

09 May 2017

Auto Pilot RC Plane Drone - ArduPilot APM 2.8

ArduPilot APM 2.8 setup:
  1. Download Mission Planner from here. Mission Planner documentation can be found here.
  2. Connect the ArduPilot APM to the computer via USB cable.
  3. Open Mission Planner, select the comm port then click "Connect".
  4. If not working, go to Device Manager to update driver using driver under Mission Planner folder.
  5. Download firmware to the board (don't "Connect" to mission planner). Mission planner will automatically download the firmware from internet and upload the firmware to the board.
  6. See the wiring connections between the board and the other hardware. Here.
  7. Calibrate the board, radio and ESC. I skipped the ESC calibration. 
  8. Select flight mode. Flight mode descriptions are in here.
APM Features:
-  Arduino
-  3-axis gyro, accelerometer and magnetometer, along with a high-performance barometer
-  4 MegaByte Dataflash chip for automatic data logging
-  GPS, uBlox LEA-6H module with Compass
-  Open source autopilot systems to use Invensense 6 DoF Accelerometer /Gyro MPU-6000
-  Barometric pressure sensor MS5611-01BA03
-  Atmel ATMEGA 2560 and ATMEGA 32U-2 chips for processing
Auto Pilot - APM - Quadcopter
APM Mission Planner Screen Shot
Connected to computer with LEDs ON

14 August 2016

Scratch Built RC Plane -Subsonic Drone v2 Plane Design

Subsonic Drone build logs:
Click here to see the Subsonic Drone v1. Also see the Micro Drone V3 for all the overall dimensions.

I designed the plane in SketchUp which is (formerly Google Sketchup) a 3D modeling computer program for a wide range of drawing applications such as architectural, interior design, landscape architecture, civil and mechanical engineering, film, and video game design—and available in a freeware version, SketchUp Make.





Completed! Getting ready to maiden. 


Let's start building it! 

12 June 2016