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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:55 AM
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APM 2.5 / Ardupilot Mega / RCTimer Arduflyer Discussion Thread (updated 5/8/13)

Passing the librarian torch

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2021896

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We're going to try to make some sense out of the firehose of information surrounding the ArduPilot Mega Project so I'm going to build a link index to all the latest information and do my best to keep it up to date.

Here goes nothing...

PSA: As you embark on your journey - please take a moment to consider the following:
* These are not toys. In fact they're flying bricks with spinning razor blades. Please treat them accordingly. OR ELSE
* The moment you lift off, you become an ambassador for the hobby. DO NO HARM.
* We want you to be successful. Build in stages, don't try to do it all at one time.

LINK Index (This is a link dump for now - I will organize it to be more readable as time goes on)

=== NOOBS start here ===
* Step by Step Quickstart Guide
* Another Arducopter Quick Start Guide
* Jumpy07's APM Setup Guide

==Links 5/6/13 - dropping here for now == - to sort
A few links you may like to add to the first page APM 2.5 / Ardupilot Mega / RCTimer Arduflyer Discussion Thread


http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1820773

How to connect power and ESC to ArduFlyer 2.5
LINK

Power ArduFlyer and 3DRradio with USB charger for BENCH TESTING
LINK

Test your Acceleromter first - no doubts later
LINK

Where to obtain 6 pin cables, shells
LINK

Mavlink-OSD connections
LINK 1
LINK 2
LINK 3

Installing Rctimer C&V Sensor 90A to ArduFlyer 2.5
LINK

Play back downladed logs
LINK

3DRadio Antenna Gender
LINK

GPS wait 5 minutes AFTER 3D Fix BEFORE flight
LINK

Selecting a USB cable that fits well
LINK

== Configurations == if you find any content that satisfies these topics - please send to me
* Beginners Setup
* Intermediate Setup Mageus' Build Notes
* Advanced Setup

== Mission Planner ==
* Mission Planner Overview - Intro to Waypoints

== Firmware ==
* APM Github Repository (latest beta firmware code as of 1/15)
* Introduction and Features
* ArduPilot Mega Project site
* Arducopter Wiki
* ArduPlane Wiki
* APM 2.9 Firmware Release Thread

== Flight Controller ==
* APM 2.5 Pinout
* APM 2.5 Board Overview
* Connection Diagram for APM 2.5 Board
* APM 2.5 Board Review
* Flitetest APM 2.5 Board Review

== 3DR Telemetry ==
* 3DR Radio Info
* How to get CLI working over 3DR 1 | 2

== Bluetooth ==

== GPS ==
* GPS Pinouts 1 | 2 | ...
* GPS FTDI Connection Diagram
* Configuring your GPS (not necessary but nice to know)


== OSD ==
* MinimOSD-extra Firmware
* MinimOSD Regulator issue (earlier versions)
* MinimOSD Configuration (Crius but I will record one for APM)
* Alternate MinimOSD Charactersets

== Sonar ==

== Voltage Sensing ==
* Options for voltage and current sensing
* Voltage Divide Calculator (if you don't want to use a complete current sensor setup)

== Mods ==
* Adding a Piezo buzzer
* Adding external Arming LEDs

* Foam mod for your barometric pressure sensor

Helpful Posts
* ACRO Mode implementation Support ACRO Mode development - chime in and say "I fly ACRO!"
* Chris Anderson on the clone debate
* Product Photos
* Connector reference thread
* Powering your board via UBEC
* Reasons for NOT using or relying on ESC BEC
* Programming ATMEGA32U2 on ArduFlyer 2.5 when Atmel FLIP doesn't work
* Reliable way to calibrate ESC One At A Time
* Extend wires from Lipo to ESC or ESC to Motor ? effect of wires on Compass
* APM 2.5 Hex Files (for the brave with Atmel programmers)
* How to reset home position in Mission Planner

Tools
* Download Mission Planner
* Bluetooth Configurator
* UCenter (for UBlox GPS configuration)
* CADSoft (to view the board SCHEMATICS)
* AndroPilot (Mission Planner on Android?)

Setup Guides
* Jumpy07's Setup Guide (offsite)
* First Flight
* Loading Optimized 3DR GPS configurations and what it LOADS
* MinimOSD Setup Video
* How to configure your radio for different flight modes

Tuning
* Dave C's PID Tuning Guide - String Method
* Arducopter PID Tuning Wiki
* Motor Balancing
* OpenPilot TV's Episode on PID Theory and Tuning I would consider this required viewing

Troubleshooting
* 3DR Radio Connections
* ArduPPM Encoder 2.3.13 addresses issue with Futaba PPM/FASST

Vendors
* 3DRobotics Original
* UAVObjects (US)
* RCTimer (Much further away)
* Ready to Fly Quads (ReadytoFlyer board)
* Altitude Hobbies (starter quad package)
* Digikey (electronic components)
* Pololu Connectors, Robotic gear

UAV Milestones
* UAV Outback Challenge 2012 - APM stands on top
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:56 AM
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rev 2.9 Auto Takeoff - Auto Land - yeah - that happened.
ArduCopter V2.9 Final - Full Auto mission with autotakeoff and autolanding (1 min 45 sec)


Not your momma's APM
ArduCopter V2.9 - Stabilize at high speed (0 min 57 sec)


40 MPH - in LOITER mode!
Ardu450 over Antioch (10 min 7 sec)
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:57 AM
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Setup Videos

AutoTrim Procedure
ArduCopter V2.9 - New AutoTrim procedure (3 min 30 sec)


Another AutoTrim Video
How to Auto Trim APM 2.5 (ArduCopter Firmware 2.8.1) for Stable Flight (6 min 28 sec)


RCJose's Bluetooth Configuration Tutorial - (Change Baud Rates)
Part 7 - Blue Tooth (17 min 3 sec)


Accel Calibration in 2.9
ArduCopter 2.9 Accel Calibration (2 min 34 sec)
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:58 AM
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APM Builds

Jabram's Quad
Jumpy07's Quad
Mochaboy - Tricoptex (Shows Crius but this will get an APM)
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 12:58 AM
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* Is Naza > APM?
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 03:13 AM
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:13 AM
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Thank You

Well many thank's for taking the time to get this thread started Mochaboy,your a star in my eye's,your's,Marty.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 04:46 AM
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UAVobjects doesnt ship out of US?

BTW thanks for the thread, very useful info on here, saves a lot of time
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 05:37 AM
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UAVobjects doesnt ship out of US?

BTW thanks for the thread, very useful info on here, saves a lot of time
My software does not have ability...Yet to do International Shipping...

I have a work around though...

Create an account using Mozilla or Chrome.....IE is a pain and does not see my site HTML code correctly

Create a Cart with Items you wish to purchase....but do not check out

Send me an email: sales@uavobjects.com to get my attention

I will convert to an Invoice and check shipping rates

I will return the total amount and my paypal account info

When payment is verified I will notify you of shipping date and Tracking

Sorry for the pain.....

Thanks,

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:14 AM
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Hi,

Since this will be the new tread for the Arduplane user I will post my question here.

This week I received my last parts needed for my drone project, the RC timer Telemetry air and ground module. I already tried several attempts to connect my APM to the laptop trough the wireless link but without success.
I followed the description on the wiki pages for the 3DR radios but without any result.
I tried several times to upload the firmware and setting the same values in the ground and air modules but without any results.
When I hit the connect button it begins the countdown than the message that there were no heartbeats received appears.

Do we need to program the apm somewhere to let it know that the radio is connected, or are there some hardware mods necessary to the board?

I suppose that the apm TX port goes to the RX port on the radio en vice versa.

Anyone here that can help me?

Kind regards,

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:36 AM
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High Resolution Photos of RCTIMER ArduFlyer 2.5

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 08:43 AM
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I powered the APM true an external BEC but with no results.

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Old Jan 30, 2013, 09:19 AM
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I powered the APM true an external BEC but with no results.

Ben
Did you select the correct COM Port

Did you select the correct Baud Rate

For direct ArduFlyer USB connection Baud Rate is 115200

For 3DRadio connection Baud Rate is 57600

Different COM Port for direct USB and Ground Station USB
In my case ArduFlyer USB is connected to COM14, 3DRadio Ground Station is connected by a separate USB connector to COM17

Using Windows - Control Panel - System - Device Manager
You can expand the "Ports (COM &LPT)" and observe which COM Ports appear and disappear when you connect or disconnect your USB cable
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 10:20 AM
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Ben.

Your problem is one of the following. SEE Above, the procedure is here, if you need it.

1. Your USB Ardu drivers are not installed. I went through this myself. When installing the Mission Planner, a popup menu will appear to install the drivers, Do not continue without selecting install from that pop up menu. After notification that drivers have been installed, continue with next on the initial program installation screen, the next click will end the install and close that screen. If you click on that first, the drivers will not install.

2. Program and drivers installed: Start mission planner, look to upper right, you will see 115200 bod. to the left is a drop down menu that says ACP or something like that. use youe mouse and try to drop down a menu, you should see Mega ??? and the com port. If you don't see this, your drivers are not installed.

3. So far so good:Open your computer "Control Panel" Select "Hardware and Sound", then select "Device Manager", there should be a drop down Com port menu in Device Manager, right click on Mega ??? com ???, select "Properties", then one of the menus within properties will display a drop down menu to change the baud rate. Using the mouse, change it to 115200. It probably will be at 9600.

Close the Device manager, you should be good to go in the Mission Planner. Select Firmware, click on your multicopter picture, the version 2.9 should then upload to the board if connected to a USB port on the computer. After the 2.9 is loaded on the card, select "connect". The Mission Planner should connect with the card and if you move the card, the artificial horizon on the left screen should move. If a GPS is attached, your position on Google map will be desplayed with a "X". You might have to blow up the map to see the "X" marked "home"

PS: You must do all this with the card plugged into the USB port, or the com port will not appear. Have the card connected throughout the whole process.

WOW, that's it.
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Old Jan 30, 2013, 11:31 AM
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First, download the Mission Planner installer. You can find it here http://code.google.com/p/ardupilot-mega/downloads/list It will be called APMPlanner[version].msi. Choose the 64-bit or 32-bit version, depending if you're using 64-bit Windows or 32-bit Windows.

For Windows XP users: Your machine must be running the .dot Framework 4.0. If you have not already installed that, get it here http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl....aspx?id=17851

If you encounter problems installing it using Windows 8, see this post http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/...-working-on-it I installed it on Windows 8 with latest updates in May 2013 and did NOT have to any of that.

Installing Mission Planner.

Mission Planner Install starts - ArduFlyer is NOT connected, it is safer NOT to connect ArduFlyer before Mission Planner is installed in case Windows assigns incorrect drivers.


Pop up - click Next. - why on earth would anyone click CANCEL ?


You may get this warning, Click on Instal this driver software anyway ELSE Mission Planner will NOT work.


Drivers installed, click on Finish
NOTE it reads You can now connect your device you DO NOT have to connect it right now, any time after install is finished is OK.


Mission Planner Install finished
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