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Old Dec 08, 2013, 08:26 AM
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Creating an unmanned autonomous boat- with RC Timer 2.5


I am new to this all and am creating a Unmanned autonomous vessel, using an arduino board and the 3DR 2.5 APM. I will NOT be controlling the vessel remotely- it needs to be self navigating.

As many know RC Time appears to produce a cheaper version of the 3DR APM 2.5 board board, but have several versions and to be honest I require some clarification.

Again, I want the boat to use Mission Planner with the APM 2.5 so the boat goes to fixed waypoints.

Here is the version on the RC timer website:

RCTimer ArduFlyer V2.5.2 Kit Flight Controller

Here is the 3DR version:

The 3DR APM 2.5 is here:

Also, as I'm UK based should I use the 433Mhz product over the 915Mhz due to legality / quality of signal?...

Also, price aside, would it be recommended to buy the LEAH 6 GPS module separately over that of the CN-06 GPS module which comes with the RC Timer board above (in kit form)?

Also, as I'm UK based should I use the 433Mhz product over the 915Mhz due to legality / quality of signal?...

For anyone who has done / is doing similar to what I am seeking may I ask for your suggestions please?

And just for clarification, the RC Timer version of the 3DR boar has little difference correct? And can be used with arduino code and arduino?

The 3DR APM 2.5 is here:


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Old Jan 25, 2014, 08:45 AM
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i was thinking of something like this for the local model boat club for having boats out on display. rather than having them anchored we could have them going around the pond automatically. or using the geo fence mode to let anyone have a go knowing they cannot crash into the side of the pond.
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