Multiwii and Megapirate AIO Flight Controller w/FTDI (ATmega 2560) V2.0
This board features a multiple serial interface as well as a dedicated I2C interface. You can now plug in a GPS directly, and you still have extra ports for other external devices. In addition to that, the new ATmega 2560 has more IO pins so it can both read the PWM signal from your receiver and it has enough PWM outputs to control the ESCs directly without the need to do the PWM signal in software.
This controller even has a MicroUSB port right on the board, no need to attach an extra FTDI USB interface.
The motion sensing side features a new generation MEMS Gyro, a MPU6050 by InvenSense, which has the MEMS Gyro / Accelerometer sensor on a single chip. There’s also a 3-axis magnetometer and a barometer sensor with a resolution of 0.01 millibar – approximately a 10 cm height difference.
Interested in GPS functionality? Well this is one of the most cost effective ways to get started - simply add a 10Hz GPS module (coming soon) and you’re good to go!
Features: • Supported MegaPirateNG and MultiWii firmware • Up to 8-axis motor output • 8 input channels for standard receiver • 4 serial ports for debug/Bluetooth Module/OSD/GPS/telemetry • 2 servos output for PITCH and ROLL gimbal system • 1 servo output to trigger a camera button • 6 Analog output for extend device • A I2C port for extend sensor or device • Separate 3.3V and 5V LDO voltage regulator • ATMega 2560 Microcontroller • MPU6050 6 axis gyro/accel with Motion Processing Unit • HMC5883L 3-axis digital magnetometer • MS5611-01BA01 highprecision altimeter • FT232RQ USB-UART chip and Micro USB receptacle • On board logic level converter
Flight mode for Multiwii: • One of the following basic modes – Acro – Level – Alt Hold - Heading Lock
• Optional mode – HeadFree (CareFree) – GPS Hold (Need GPS receiver) – GPS Back to home position (Need GPS receiver)
Flight mode for MegaPirate: • Acro • Alt Hold • Loiter (uses GPS) • Guided (uses GPS) • Position (uses GPS) • Circle (uses GPS) • RTL (uses GPS) • Auto(uses GPS) • Follow Me(uses GPS)
Start with mauals under files tab.
There are 2 manuals one for Multiwii firmware (one preloaded by default) other is for MegapirateNG firmware (alternative firmware cloned from APM arducopter project, requires reflashing)... Depending on what firmware you will chose you can find answers in "MultiWii wiki" (google for it) or on Megapirate. com site...
I have seen some videos using follow my while skiing or biking....how does it work?...were I could find instructions or how to?
I think I just found a new utility for my new drone with this FC...hope it works how I think...With my phone ant it could follow me...it would be really nice..
Possible with megapirate firmware...
You need 3DRadio link (PRODUCT ID: 9387000030-0) and DroidPlanner2 application on android smartphone... or mission planner on notebook. Smartphone or notebook send's it GPS coordinates to FC via 3DRadio kit.. Megapirate firmware control copter and camera gimbal. For megapirate firmware installation and set-up
read docs on megapirate. com site.
As megapirate is ported version of Arducopter most how-to for APM setup is applicable. In part fo 'follow me mode' it's better desribed in APM
A bit difucult for now...go uphill on the bike for hour and a half...and then go down with all the things that you need...probably I would have another accident or lose the drone...dont like those 2 options...
But I love the idea to make a video of me doing downhill
you have no other option.. to follow you quad need to know your coordinates (as well as it's own).
Simpliest your coordinates source is android smaptphone with DroidPlanner2 app installed.
But you also need to transmitt your coords to quad... chipiest way is bluetooth but
it has quite limited range .. if you need more then 10m stable connectivity then the only option
is 3DRadio link. This controller is not best choice for APM firmware... despite MegapirateNG which this controller can run is port of original APM firmware it do not support all 100% features of APM. Some
are not supported due to hardware differences. I'd recommend use 'regular' APM fc boards
for example APM 2.5 - 2.7 or APMmini 3.1 (not here) can be found at same price range. But apms are much better documented and easier to use. and they are 100% support all features
What would happend if I have the phone inside the car at a track...The speed of the car is much faster that the drone...can it be programable with the gimbal so the camera could follow me?
Or move...but the gimball following the car...
Its a big and fast circuit
It will try to follow you as defined .. If you move faster then coper will TRY to follow...
Read this article 3drobotics. com /follow-me-info ... It explains a lot...
But agian... this controller is not BEST choice for APM firmwares as it requires ported MPNG instead of original firmware...
There are 2 manuals under files tab
one for Multiwii firmware, Other for Megapirate firmware... which explains how to upload firmware and connections.
More ifo can be found on Megapirate site for MPNG firmware and in Multiwii project wiki for MWI firmware
MPNG without GPS? Sounds funny..
Never tried this on MPNG... mainly because pretty sure sonar is useless
Sonar is too limited range of 2-5m, highly dependent on surface dispersion properties and compatible with APM sonar types are rather expensive (over $70).... As well as optial flow sensors is only improve position hold... do not think I need it really...
Opened up my FC today and wasnt really happy. I got someones returned board. HK didnt even take the time to remove all the the previous persons double sided tape from the back of the board. After reading all these reviews I am wondering if it is worth my time to figure out which version I have and dive in. Man those KK2 boards are making this thing look like a nightmare! All these features better be worth the time investment.
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Top, no problems with it. I use it with Multiwii Software. Altitude hold, Level mode, mag, bluetooth, gps hold and return to home, all works fine with high precision. Nice Board... Altitude sensor must be covered with foam... Gps is a Locosys from a Tiny OSD 2 with serial interface, 10Hz and 112500 data transfer rate... You can use one gps modul for Flightcontroller and Osd (it needs only TX from Gps Modul)
It seems that version 2.0 doesn't have the problem of the 1.0 batch. I am using it with MegarPirateNG, NEO-6M and a bluetooth module. No problems whatsoever. If seems that HK deleted all documents in the "File" section, so search youtube for rcjoseb and you will find some great videos how to configure it. Cheers!