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Designing Purpose-Built Drones for Ardupilot Pixhawk 2.1

By : Ty Audronis
Book Image

Designing Purpose-Built Drones for Ardupilot Pixhawk 2.1

By: Ty Audronis

Overview of this book

The Ardupilot platform is an application ecosystem that encompasses various OS projects for drone programming, flight control, and advanced functionalities.The Ardupilot platform supports many Comms and APIs, such as DroneKit, ROS, and MAVLink. It unites OS drone projects to provide a common codebase. With the help of this book, you will have the satisfaction of building a drone from scratch and exploring its many recreational uses (aerial photography, playing, aerial surveillance, and so on). This book helps individuals and communities build powerful UAVs for both personal and commercial purposes. You will learn to unleash the Ardupilot technology for building, monitoring, and controlling your drones.This is a step-by-step guide covering practical examples and instructions for assembling a drone, building ground control unit using microcontrollers, QgroundControl, and MissionPlanner. You can further build robotic applications on your drone utilizing critical software libraries and tools from the ROS framework. With the help of DroneKit and MAVLink (for reliable communication), you can customize applications via cloud and mobile to interact with your UAV.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback

The design

After some initial research, we found that there is already such a device out on the market. It's called the Stewart X9 Follow. However, at a list price, this item is just shy of $3,000 US!

It's certainly a high-quality product—a very sleek and beautiful design. There is no doubt that the high-end golfer would love to indulge in this item. But for your average golfer, this would absolutely break the bank.

This item also uses its own remote. The rover follows the remote, or can be piloted manually with it. We're going to use a different approach. Instead of a proprietary remote, we'll make ours follow a smart phone (via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi). This means it can be paired easily. Also, we'll include a standardized RC remote (in the event that the user's phone runs out of battery because they forgot to charge it).

Using standardized parts should allow us to bring the final cost of our unit down to around $1,000 US. Our unit may not end up as luxurious as the Stewart, but it will hit a...