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Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 27, 2017 @ 05:47 AM | 14,985 Views
The Pixhawk 2.1

Last week my long awaited Pixhawk 2.1 aka The Cube arrived and I'm going to be doing a review, blog and posting some info on the flight controller, the setup and capabilities especially around the Intel Edison Companion computer.

First lets take a look at the Flight Controller its self.

The Basic Story

The Pixhawk 2.1 grew from the Pixhawk Hardware Project. this project was a group effort by the PX4 and Ardupilot teams, with the support of 3DRobotics.

At the Beginning of 2014, The Ardupilot Community took the lead on the EE of the future Pixhawk 2. the brief was simple... add Vibration isolation, make it code compatible with PH1, and make it simpler to integrate into OEM air frames.

Then came the next requirements..... Smaller, with more pins...

So the project was broken into use cases.

A simple Quad copter with basic Gimbal
A large Octocopter with 3 Axis Gimbal, landing gear and shutter control.
A CANBUS only vehicle.
A large fixed wing with many flight control surfaces, multiple Airspeed sensors
The concept of a modular approach was born. allowing for simple carrier boards that simply served as wiring looms to connect components in a neat and professional manner.
The cube concept was born.

in 2015, the project returned to the community, and gained sponsorship from ProfiCNC.
ProfiCNC has partnered with Hex Technology to bring this product to the community.

The Spec

Comparison to the Pixhawk 1

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 24, 2017 @ 11:05 AM | 9,545 Views
The DJI Spark

You can Pre Order the DJI Spark from DJI now fort $499

Today DJI have announced their latest new drone call the Spark

This new smaller DJI quad is smaller and lighter than the Mavic Pro being just 170mm diagonal, it comes with a 1080P 12MP camera, Obstacle Sensing and a whole host of new intelligent flight features.

The Craft

Available in a 5 colours this new quad is smaller than anything DJI have release before in an RTF platform, its size is 143 x 143x 55mm, weighs 300g and has a maximum speed of 31mph in Sport Mode and the max Ascent/descent at 3m/s.

Its fitted with the usual DJI GPS system receiving both GPS and GLONASS, Vision Positioning System and a 3D Obstacle Sensing System

The Camera & Gimbal

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Posted by Mad_angler1 | May 23, 2017 @ 02:10 PM | 9,682 Views
The New DJI Goggles

The DJI Goggles and Mavic Pro are available to order for the DJI Store

Please note this is an affiliate link and if you would like to support me you can shop via it and I may receive a small commission.

Yesterday I receive the new DJI Goggles, After charging for an hour took them out for the first flight and here is my impressions.

Impressions After First Flight

The New DJI Goggles. (18 min 53 sec)

Menu and Settings Walk Through

DJI Goggles Walk Through (17 min 5 sec)
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