[islandlabs] Flight control board

John Abella john
Fri Apr 19 10:33:27 EDT 2013


If you're building a quad / hex / tri / etc...  the KK board is good.

The 'auto level' isn't as good as my NAZA flight controller....but it cost
$200 less.  It definitely works though.

I can share my parts list for my clone quad / fake DJI F450 build if anyone
wants it.


John





On Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 10:23 AM, Burns, William <burns at cshl.edu> wrote:

> These guys have some ESC calibration info, and a design thats remarkably
> similar to our own.
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> http://awesomecopter.nl/
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> Here's some better calibration info:
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> http://robots.dacloughb.com/project-2/esc-calibration-programming/
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> Here's an interesting site that makes it seem like the parts we're getting
> locally are reasonably priced.
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> http://www.aeroquadstore.com/
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> note: we are using 10-amp "outrunner 1000Kv" motors:
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> http://www.parallax.com/Store/Accessories/MotorServos/tabid/163/CategoryID/57/List/0/SortField/0/Level/a/ProductID/814/Default.aspx
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> with 30-amp "GemFan" ESCs.
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> http://www.parallax.com/Store/Robots/AllRobots/tabid/755/CategoryID/57/List/0/SortField/0/Level/a/ProductID/857/Default.aspx
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> which can be programmed with a Turnigy ESC programmer:
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> http://www.parallax.com/Store/Robots/AllRobots/tabid/755/CategoryID/57/List/0/SortField/0/Level/a/ProductID/816/Default.aspx
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> 'till I saw that "kk" board I thought these were "the" two choices for
> IMUs:
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> MPU6050 https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11028 ($40)
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> ArduIMU+ V3 https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11055 ($80)
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> The "kk" is more than an IMU. It's a complete solution for $30.
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> This may "deny" us the opportunity to program it from scratch or to add
> drone features if they're not already there.
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> note: the ArduIMU+ takes GPS input which is interesting but it's not clear
> to me that the GPS unit *should* connect to the IMU.
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> If what we want is a "fleet" of RC-only quadcopters, the "kk" is clearly
> the low-cost option.
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> The arduino may give us a better learning platform and stepping stone to
> things like: automatic "return to launch site", transition to lifting-body
> flight, etc.
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> It wouldn't hurt to try stuff w/ the "kk" in parallel w/ the existing
> arduino based solution.
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> -Bill
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> ________________________________
> From: list-bounces at freeculture.org [list-bounces at freeculture.org] on
> behalf of John Abella [john at abella.net]
> Sent: Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:29 PM
> To: Island Labs main mailing list
> Subject: Re: [islandlabs] Flight control board
>
> We used that exact board just recently on our clonequad build:
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/jabella/8533408964/in/photostream
>
> You'll need the AVR cable to re-flash the firmware (and the stuff that
> ships on it is OLD) but it works well.   Not like a $200 flight controller,
> but not bad either.  Not sure what you guys intend to use it for...
>
> Also a note for anyone not familiar with Hobbyking - if it's not in the US
> warehouse you should expect it to take 21-30 days for delivery.
>
> JohnA.
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> On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 12:45 PM, Jim Marinis <jmarinis at mjmonline.com
> <mailto:jmarinis at mjmonline.com>> wrote:
> After the information Bill came across last night regarding gyros and
> accelerometers, perhaps the answer is this board with both:
>
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> http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=24723&aff=588847
>
> Thoughts?
>
> - Jim
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