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Jan 09, 2013, 03:23 PM
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What equipment for GPS-based Waypoint travel?

I've been out of RC for about 3 years. I have some Spektrum gear, a bunch of lipo batteries (hopefully some still work!), and a desire to get back into it, but I want to do a quadrocopter. The purpose of it will be to fit a camera and I'd love to have some GPS waypointing ability--really something quite automated such that it can basically fly itself.

What's the go-to item on the market now for this kind of thing? Budget is not unlimited! But technology has surely introduced some lovely gadgets in the past few years that either didn't exist before or were quite expensive.
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Jan 10, 2013, 08:45 AM
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Thanks, Nick. Now I feel like a guy asking if $1500 is enough to get three seconds off his car's quarter mile.

I may have to stick to one of the more manual copters after all
Jan 10, 2013, 01:52 PM
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I think that both Arducopter and Openpilot have waypoint navigation.

You could just buy one of these controllers: APM 2.5 *edit I guess you need the still unreleased Revo with Openpilot.*

Just noticed you are in the US so I think you need the 900mhz version of the APM kit. They sell that version too.
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Jan 10, 2013, 02:29 PM
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the CC3D doesn't have GPS or waypoints.
Jan 10, 2013, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by jimbob69

the CC3D doesn't have GPS or waypoints.
I think he means the Revo that is not out yet but was available via kickstarter. However I do not think the firmware supports any advanced features like waypoint and RTH just yet.
Jan 10, 2013, 05:23 PM
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Yes my bad, I was looking at the Revo not the cc3d. I know I saw a slide with waypoints there somewhere.
Jan 14, 2016, 02:08 AM
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is there anything that could plug into cc3d that could make gps autonomous waypoint possible.
Jan 14, 2016, 02:53 PM
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I'd disagree on the comment about APM requiring extensive reading/tuning/coding.

I bought a Pixfalcon last year and it was pretty easy to set up, required NO coding, the auto-tune routine that's part of Arducopter gets you 80% of the way to optimal PIDs (100% if you're not trying to wring every last bit of performance out of it), and the GPS/autonomous modes have been pretty much flawless. You can use Tower on an Android phone to set up autonomous missions.

I've also purchased cheaper clones and they've admittedly been a but flaky, but the Pixfalcon has been great. ~$120 gets you the flight controller, a power distribution board, GPS and all the cabling you need.

The OP Revolution does have GPS navigation, as does full NAZE boards, but from everything I've read, they're not as bulletproof as APM, which makes sense since APM seems to be the preferred platform for a lot of high-end and research uses, where as the others are primarily hobby platforms.

In any case, it sounds like the Pixfalcon would do exactly what you're looking for, and the price is very reasonable.

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