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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

Notes before attempting any transitions

I know, after all that effort, you're going to be itching to see it transition. It's a long and painful road to tune your multicopter mode before even thinking of transitioning.

Make sure you adjust all of the Q tuning parameters so that the multicopter mode is flying as stable as possible before doing any hybrid flights. You'll save yourself a lot of expense and headache.

When attempting transitions, make sure you are well above a minimum height of 20 m above ground level (AGL). Until you get all of your Q transition parameters set, you are very likely to lose altitude, or even lose stability on your first tests. Even then, stay above 20 m AGL.