09 May 2017

Auto Pilot RC 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.

Helpful schematic from dmercØØ RTP.

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

Mission Planner Screen Shot - Wizard Setup
Mission Planner Screen Shot - Initial Setup
Mission Planner Screen Shot - with GPS connected
Mission Planner Screen Shot - Flight Plan


APM Jumper Setting
APM Wiring Diagram

APM Wiring Diagram


APM Rotor Configuration
APM Rotor Configuration
APM Rotor Configuration

APM Rotor Configuration

Auto Pilot - APM - Quadcopter

Link to ArduPilot schematic
Link to setup video 
Link to 9XR Radio setup for flight modes

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