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Old Nov 17, 2010, 10:21 AM
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Arduino Sketch posted.
Any updates on the yellowjacket?
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Old Nov 17, 2010, 05:21 PM
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I had a dream about this mod.

I hope it takes off.
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Old Nov 18, 2010, 04:31 AM
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Any updates on the yellowjacket?
It's shipped from Asynclabs last week, so should be here in a few days.

In the mean time, I put some more hours into the Arduino sketch. The drone now fly very smooth and the control is very proportional to the stick position. Will upload the latest sketch later.

I'm also working on a program to be run inside the drone so we can plug an Arduino mini directly to the drone serial port. We can then connect the RX into the mini. No need for WiFi module.


It's light and cost less than $20
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Old Nov 18, 2010, 04:36 AM
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I had a dream about this mod.

I hope it takes off.
It takes off and land very well

Just need to test it on smaller lighter hardware.
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Old Nov 19, 2010, 01:53 PM
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It takes off and land very well

Just need to test it on smaller lighter hardware.
How does the throttle stick work. The trainer switch to bring it up in a hover but does the throttle start working at low setting? The best spot would have the throttle in the mid position for hovering. BTW, what is your first name? It would be easier then your user name

Brian.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 07:16 AM
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The Yellow Jacket finally arrived.



Small enough to be placed onboard the ArDrone.

Took it out to a local football field. Boy, this thing is fun with the RC radio. No fear of loosing the WiFi signal. The ArDrone was surprisingly fast.

I did a quick test and it seemed that the video downlink via WiFi to my iPod was still available.
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 07:33 AM
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How does the throttle stick work. The trainer switch to bring it up in a hover but does the throttle start working at low setting? The best spot would have the throttle in the mid position for hovering. BTW, what is your first name? It would be easier then your user name

Brian.
I moved away from trainer switch and just assign CH 5 to a normal switch.

Take off and fly procedure
- All sticks in mid position
- Flick switch to "Up" position
-> ArDrone takes off and enter position hold
- Fly around
- ArDrone will automatically enter position hold when "Roll" and "Pitch" stick is in the middle.
- During position hold or flying around, move throttle up from mid stick to ascend
- Move throttle down from mid stick to descend
- Move throttle to middle to enter altitude hold

Landing procedure
- Find a nice spot
- Flick the switch "down"
-> ArDrone make a slow landing and switch off the motors

and..... repeat for more fun
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I moved away from trainer switch and just assign CH 5 to a normal switch.

Take off and fly procedure
- All sticks in mid position
- Flick switch to "Up" position
-> ArDrone takes off and enter position hold
- Fly around
- ArDrone will automatically enter position hold when "Roll" and "Pitch" stick is in the middle.
- During position hold, move throttle up from mid stick to ascend
- Move throttle down from mid stick to descend
- Move throttle to middle to enter altitude hold

Landing procedure
- Find a nice spot
- Flick the switch "down"
-> ArDrone make a slow landing and switch off the motors

and..... repeat for more fun
WOW you are "The Man" bro. Nice work. Looks like I will be ordering the Yellow jacket. Thanks again for doing all the experimenting to find the right combo to make it work.
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WOW you are "The Man" bro. Nice work. Looks like I will be ordering the Yellow jacket. Thanks again for doing all the experimenting to find the right combo to make it work.
Thanks, I'll post the latest code when I do a bit more flying.
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Took it out to a local football field. Boy, this thing is fun with the RC radio. No fear of loosing the WiFi signal. The ArDrone was surprisingly fast.
and no video post of that?? that was mean!!!! :P
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Old Nov 21, 2010, 09:54 AM
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Thanks, I'll post the latest code when I do a bit more flying.
Very nice. +1 for some flying video! I was thinking of your throttle setup and yaw. If your not careful, you could lose/gain a bit of altitude when yawing the Drone( linear throttle curve,0-100). Would it still work if you would flatten out the curve, so when you add/decrease throttle, it won't jump up too fast. I hope I explained that right.

Brian.

BTW, did you experience the drone wanting to climb with fast forward flight? It would be nice if your setup solved this problem. Can you post a wiring layout of the yellowjacket?
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Very nice. +1 for some flying video! I was thinking of your throttle setup and yaw. If your not careful, you could lose/gain a bit of altitude when yawing the Drone( linear throttle curve,0-100). Would it still work if you would flatten out the curve, so when you add/decrease throttle, it won't jump up too fast. I hope I explained that right.

Brian.

BTW, did you experience the drone wanting to climb with fast forward flight? It would be nice if your setup solved this problem. Can you post a wiring layout of the yellowjacket?
Already done in the code There is dead zone in the middle of the throttle. This dead zone can be configured in code paramaters. Alternatively, you can program the Throttle curve on your TX.
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Where can I find this sketch? Appreciate if some one can point me to it.
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Arduino Sketch posted.
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Old Nov 23, 2010, 04:16 AM
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Where can I find this sketch? Appreciate if some one can point me to it.
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The initial sketch was removed as it contains position hold bug. I will upload the new sketch soon.
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