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Posted by HappyKillmore | Dec 01, 2010 @ 08:28 AM | 20,850 Views
This project is designed to have a few things in mind

1) Flexibility. Currently, it supports NMEA, uBlox, SiRF, MediaTek (DIYDrones Custom), ArduIMU Binary, ArduPilot ASCII, ArduPilot Mega Binary and UavDevBoard.
2) Flexible screen size. My original intent was to use this program on a Netbook at 1280X600 but it will go as small as 800X400.
3) Ease of use. There are LOTS of other GCS applications out there that show far more data. The issue I've had is getting them to work.

For more information: http://code.google.com/p/happykillmore-gcs/
To download: http://code.google.com/p/happykillmo...downloads/list

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Posted by HappyKillmore | Jun 03, 2010 @ 01:28 PM | 29,126 Views
In the course of my testing, I managed to completely mess up my ArduPilot. Several of the red lights would come on with power but I could no longer upload the software using the Arduino Development environment that I had used hundreds of times before. It continued to give me an avrdude error message very similar to the one you get when "Set RTS on Close" is not set correctly on your FTDI cable. Obviously, these instructions are intended for those of you who have been able to upload the firmware in the past, but all of a sudden can't get it to work anymore. Pressing the button on the ArduPilot has no effect (red lights just stay on solid) and it won't upload no matter what you try.

For this project, you're going to need an AVRISP MKII programmer. You can buy them from DigiKey or Mouser for about $35 plus shipping. Ok, so the first and most obvious question is why would I pay $35 for a programmer when I can buy a new ArduPilot for $25? Well... that's up to you. But if what you did to brick your first ArduPilot manages to brick the second one, then you're out $50 and you still can't solve the problem.

You'll also need some .1" headers. You only really need 2 rows by 3 columns (or 6 pins) for this project.

Step 1: Install AVR Studio. You can download it from the Atmel.com website. You'll need to register to download it, but the download is free. At the time of this writing, there were 2 additional service packs. It is my suggestion to install AVR...Continue Reading
Posted by HappyKillmore | Aug 11, 2009 @ 12:44 AM | 21,137 Views
My first "attempt" at modifying Jordi's Config Tool is getting close to a release.

The key benefits are:
1) Click to add waypoints
2) Drag & drop ability once added
3) Search by address (home and waypoints)

If anyone knows how to address GMarkers from Google Map's API V2 directly (ie getElementById) in C#.NET, please let me know! Right now, I'm polling a hidden control on the html form for index, lat & long info. It's not the best way, but it's working....

The screenshot above was created by clicking the "Home" radio button and entering "grand canyon" on the address field...then hit search. The waypoints were added by clicking around the home point on the map. No typing in lat & long coordinates or looking them up in Google Earth....
Posted by HappyKillmore | Aug 07, 2009 @ 10:19 AM | 25,041 Views
This project is used to provide emulated GPS data for the ArduPilot hardware using Remzibi's USB to serial cable. The emulated output will provide feedback for the Ardu's movement commands. It does require a recompile and upload of the firmware to the Ardu so you will need the FTDI cable. The output is then displayed on Google Maps and updated every 5 seconds. Home position and waypoints are shown as well.

For info on Remzibi's OSD: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=921467
To purchase the ArduPilot: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...oducts_id=8785
Programming cable for ArduPilot (GET THIS ONE NOT SPARKFUN'S!!): http://store.diydrones.com/ProductDe...L%2D232R%2D3V3
ArduPilot Manual: http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddjmqgw3_43gm6gvggf
Straight Headers: http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/pro...roducts_id=116
Bind Plug: http://store.diydrones.com/ProductDe...AC%2D0002%2D01

Getting Started
First, you'll need to solder on the headers as shown here: http://docs.google.com/View?id=ddjmq...hardware_87968. The Emulator will only make use of a small number of these connections, but you'll need most of them when it comes time to fly. You'll also need to solder on the MUX jumper shown in the second photo. For this project, I am not making use of the ArduShield.

Next, download the Arduino development environment frm here: http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software and unzip it into a folder on your PC (ie C:\Program Files\Remzibi OSD).

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Posted by HappyKillmore | Mar 06, 2008 @ 10:49 PM | 22,230 Views
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