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Old Jul 04, 2012, 04:27 AM
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## mMWC shield - 5 USD stabilizing system for airplane and delta wings

Hi!

### PRICE DROP ####
price including worldwide shipping:
1 board: 5 USD
2 boards: 8 USD

each board comes with blue SMD-LED, Resistor and BT-FC-Adapter
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Note, that with mMWC you get a stabilisation unit for your airplane or deltawing for less than 30 USD. (8 USD for one mMWC, 10 USD for a arduino pro mini, 10 USD for the MPU6050 combined ACC/Gyro sensor IMU).



The multiwii-project recently (since version MultiWii 2.1) supports also stabilisation for airplanes and wings.
Recognized that and being quite happy with multiwii on my multicopters, I also wanted to add sensors to a small 80cm wingspan airplane.
The fuselage on that plane is actually too narrow for a normal multiwii-controller.

So, why not simply create a PBC that is optimized exactly for that purpose?

Resulting from that idea I created the mMWC-shield (mini Multi Wii Controller Shield).
It measures 30x35mm, is tailored for taking a Arduino Pro Mini 5V.
The I2C connectors are prepared to easily adapt a cheap MPU6050 IMU (less than 10 USD at dealextreme.com or ~13 USD from ebay).

So in total a rather cheap solution to add Gyro/ACC-stabilisation to an airplane.

MultiWii 2.1 allows to configure AUX-inputs (mMWC provides AUX1 and AUX2).
by means of those the mMWC provides:
- pass through mode (no stabilisation)
- Gyro only (acro-mode), i.e. the plane will keep the actual orientation automatically
- ACC + Gyro (auto-level mode), the plane will get rock solid even in wind, optimal for FPV usage

As I wanted to have even also bluetooth straight on the plane for convenient configuration changes, i.e. PID finetuning I further did a tiny adapter PBC to get a serial bluetooth adapter also connected to the shield optionally.

In total the device looks like a funny PBC sandwich, but imho a quite cheap alternative to commercial products.

some pictures:


















Update 22.10.2012:
Luca from italy shares a FPV-video with us showing the mMWC in action.
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Originally Posted by gtrick90 View Post
One word: AWESOME!
Just a little PID tuning (on the bench) and go!!
The plane seems like on rails (GYRO mode) and when switch to ACC mode the plane levels itself nicely.
The plane is the Eaglewing (it's not the best plane around) but with the multiwii it seems like a composite plane (precision, stability and so on)
I've made the test flights in a gusty wind conditions, but the plane was rock solid!
MultiWii Aero mode - nMWC shield (6 min 30 sec)

Raptor FPV with MultiWii (mMWC shield) - Dynamic PID attenuation test (5 min 59 sec)


Update (16. August 2012): published new version of the HowTo manual (V1.1) describing fine tuning and optimization, how to get a bluetooth serial adapter working together with mMWC, how to use mMWC for delta wings.

Update (7. August 2012): a few people asked for a description about how to build mMWC and setup multiWii environment properly for airplane use with mMWC.
I have created a HowTo manual. I hope this answers most of the questions

Update (2. August 2012): Since the few prototypes have been sold out quickly, I produced a new series.
Now the board comes in nice cool blue and is only 1mm thin anymore.
The weight of the board only is 2gram and together with header pins, arduino pro mini and MPU6050 it is as light as 8grams.

Boards are available now for 5 USD 8 USD 9.50 USD (7.5 EUR) incl. worldwide shipping.
each board comes together with
- blue SMD-LED
- suitable SMD resistor (both can be used optionally).
- mini bluetooth-to-FC adapter board (adds optionally bluetooth for convenient parameter configuration, sensor calibration, etc. through your smart phone)

If buying 2 boards, price will be 8 USD 13 USD15 USD (13 EUR) incl. shipping.

just send a PM if you are interested.


greetings from vienna,
christian
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 06:21 AM
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very nice Christian. :-)

so that should work:
1x Ardunio Pro Mini 5
1x ebay MPU-6050
1x Bluetooth Module
or maybe this ebay Bluetooth Module (i think that is the one you use?)

maybe you could sell me one.
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 07:28 AM
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very nice Christian. :-)

so that should work:
1x Ardunio Pro Mini 5
1x ebay MPU-6050
1x Bluetooth Module
or maybe this ebay Bluetooth Module (i think that is the one you use?)

maybe you could sell me one.
the components you listed are fine.
the bt-thingy i have is that one: http://www.ebay.at/itm/Wireless-Seri...ht_3291wt_1139

The pinout on most of them seems to be pretty the same.
Just only the length of the modules vary a bit depending on the seller, but this is not really problematic at all...

if you are interested in a mMWC just simply PM me...

greets,
christian

PS: cool to meet someone from austria here on rcgroups
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 09:14 AM
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the bluetooth module you linked is 3,3V and the arduino 5V.
??

edit: PN sent.
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 09:40 AM
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the bluetooth module you linked is 3,3V and the arduino 5V.
??

edit: PN sent.
valid point.
maybe a fault in the product description.
i bought mine from that seller (tomtop_uk) and it is working fine.
anyway, the one you mentioned is fine.

br,
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Old Jul 04, 2012, 10:13 AM
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Yes, looks like description fault.
Chip is 3,3V, but probably not the board itself.
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 08:14 AM
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Heh, i was doing similar board, just with separate sensors (335/3200). This one looks even better!
How about PCB? How much you want for it? Would be faster, than etch one at home...
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Old Jul 05, 2012, 08:25 AM
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Heh, i was doing similar board, just with separate sensors (335/3200). This one looks even better!
How about PCB? How much you want for it? Would be faster, than etch one at home...
you have PM...
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Old Jul 08, 2012, 07:22 AM
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As almost all prototype boards are gone soon, I am thinking of another version of the mMWC board.

Therefore, please post here what you would like to see a successor version of mMWC.


Some rough ideas:

- for sure the next version will be made of a more thin and lightweight PCB 0.6 or 0.8mm instead of 1.6mm

- do you think we should support different sensors (different I2C PIN layout) ??????

- different formfactor, i.e. maybe something like approx. 25x40mm would be possible

- ????

Comments and ideas are highly welcome...

Greetz,
Christian
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Old Jul 08, 2012, 04:28 PM
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is there a reason why you use still use 'mini pro' ? Meaning your making pcb why not just add to your circuit atmega328 (could use PID) 16mhz resonator 5v reg+caps (maybe do away??)
LED/Reset switch if you must.
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Old Jul 08, 2012, 04:47 PM
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hmm, I was thinking about that actually from the beginning. but tbh did not find any real advantage in doing so, as the DIP housing of the atmega328 (approx. 35x7.5mm) plus the resonator, reg & caps did still eat approx. same space, several components to be sourced ending up with more weight...
i would rather go for a SMD arduino based PCB in case there is a factory that can produce that for a reasonable price and enough people are interested in such a board.
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Old Jul 08, 2012, 06:02 PM
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I would agree SMD is the way forward. Just thinking you could make stack hight much lower more compacted.
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Old Jul 10, 2012, 01:20 AM
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btw, the right settings in config.h for the MPU6050 IMU from ebay:


Code:
/* I2C gyroscope */
#define MPU6050       //combo + ACC
      
/* individual sensor orientation */
#define ACC_ORIENTATION(X, Y, Z)  {accADC[ROLL]  = -X; accADC[PITCH]  = -Y;  accADC[YAW] =  Z;}
#define GYRO_ORIENTATION(X, Y, Z) {gyroADC[ROLL] =  Y; gyroADC[PITCH] = -X; gyroADC[YAW] = -Z;}


greetings,
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Old Jul 17, 2012, 10:42 AM
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all prototype boards have been gone...
new (slightly improved) mMWC boards are to be expected within the next 2 weeks.
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Old Jul 29, 2012, 10:14 AM
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all prototype boards have been gone...
new (slightly improved) mMWC boards are to be expected within the next 2 weeks.
I would like to buy two of the new boards. Can you PM me when they are ready?
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