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Designing Purpose-Built Drones for Ardupilot Pixhawk 2.1

By : Ty Audronis
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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

Chapter 6. A Simple Multicopter Drone

Multicopters are very complex beasts. An awful lot can be done with Pixhawk and multicopters. Through the programming interface Micro Air Vehicle Link (MAVLink), all sorts of missions can be triggered automatically. From an alarm system trigger sending a drone out to a specific waypoint (based on the sensor triggered), to missions that adjust to varying conditions such as weather, light conditions, or any other number of variables only limited by your imagination—multicopters are the most versatile, yet complex, systems available for your design and concepts.

For the purposes of this book, we're going to keep things simple though. Once you're ready to take the leap into programming full applications for the MAVLink interface, there are great tutorials and a full coding guide at the QgroundControl website (

What we're going to do is show you how to design one of the most complex machines...