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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

Chapter 8. The Principles of VTOL with Pixhawk

Designing and tuning a Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) aircraft can take a very long time. It may even take years to design and get your VTOL aircraft set up and working with stability. Originally, this chapter was going to be based on something fun—a Battlebot design. But, when the book was announced, one thing was very clear. You (the readers) wanted to know more about VTOL. So, without the time nor budget to create a VTOL prototype aircraft (by the time we have made one work properly, it's likely a new version of Pixhawk would be released); we're going to work on the principle and theory of how someone would create a Pixhawk VTOL; not how someone did create a Pixhawk VTOL.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • The types of VTOL aircraft
  • Limitations and considerations of VTOL
  • Fusing a multicopter and fixed wing design
  • Tuning a VTOL aircraft