BeagleDrone fixed-wing autopilot

AndiceLabs writes about a fixed-wing autopilot project:

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BeagleDrone

The BeagleDrone is fixed-wing autopilot project based on the BeagleBone and the IMU cape.  The IMU cape provides a 3-axis magnetometer, accelerometer, gyro and a barometer on the BeagleBone’s I2C bus.  There is also an AVR micro on the I2C bus that handles output pulse timing of the 8 servo channels and input pulse timing on the 4 radio signal channels.  Two of the BeagleBone’s UARTs are exposed via FTDI-compatible connectors to allow connection of external modules like GPS and telemetry.  It also has a regulator that provides 5VDC for the BeagleBone, AVR, and servos from the RC battery.

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The BeagleBone provides the power of Linux in a footprint that is acceptable for RC and the Black has now made the platform even more affordable.  With Linux’s extensive libraries and utilities almost any feature should be quickly realizable and development enjoyable.  And unlike an autopilot powered by an 8 or 16 bit micro-controller, there is no need to worry about code and data size or overloading the processor with whatever crazy navigation features you can dream up.

I enjoy flying electric RC planes whenever I get the chance and building a fixed-wing autopilot for the BeagleBone has been on my list for a while now.  Of course, there’s no reason that the BeagleBone couldn’t also control a multi-rotor aircraft.  A flying Linux box is going to have very few limitations!

BeagleDrone fixed-wing autopilot

AlienWhoop V2 Flight Controller

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AlienWhoop flight controller for Tiny Whoop, Blade Inductrix, Eachine, BetaFPV, and other micro brushed quadcopter frames. Fully complete and hand assembled in the USA. Best in class flight controller running BetaFlight 3.2 release candidate (upgradable)–no surface mount soldering required.

AlienWhoop V2 Flight Controller

Drone Racing 5.8GHz Diversity Receiver

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Shea Ivey created this receiver for FPV (First Person View) Drone Racing:

DIY project to create your own 5.8ghz FPV diversity basestation – based off the rx5808 receiver module.

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Project includes basic Arduino Nano implementation to advanced custom PCB board and introduction to digital switches 4066 chip.

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sheaivey has shared the board on OSH Park:

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Drone Racing 5.8GHz Diversity Receiver

ESP8266 Flight Controller

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Kris Winer of Pesky Products designed a brushed motor UAV flight controller using the ESP8266:

ESP8266 Flight Controller

UAV flight controller [..] using the ESP8266EX Tensilica Xtensa system-on-chip, the EM7180+MPU9250+MS5637 (Ultimate Sensor Fusion Solution) for motion sensing and low on-resistance (20 mOhm) n-type DMN2041L MOSFets to drive up to four brushed motors using PWM signals

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PeskyProducts has shared the board on OSH Park:

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Order from OSH Park

ESP8266 Flight Controller