Questions tagged [quadcopter]

A quadcopter, also known as a quadrotor, is a multirotor helicopter that is lifted and propelled by four rotors.

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How can I protect my props from being damaged?

I have a quad copter and I'm developing my own flight controller to run the code and testing it on the quad. As you all must be knowing, this means a lot of broken propellers. I thought of making a ...
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Generate a Trajectory from GPS coordinates

How would I generate a trajectory (e.g. minimum snap/jerk/acceleration) for a quad rotor between GPS coordinates? In all the examples that I have seen, they assume that the x,y positions are in meters ...
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Can I preload a mission into my drone (navio2) so it can execute it without being connected to a ground station by telemetry during flight

The question really speaks for itself. I don't have any way to connect with my navio2, running ardupilot, during flight (except a radio controller if things go wrong). Could I still make my drone ...
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Is Image Based Visual Servoing a non-linear controller?

Is Image Based Visual Servoing a non-linear controller? I think it is as the Image Jacobian has square terms of u & v (image-plane coords). Where $p_u, p_v$ are the width & height of each ...
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Cmake Error While Buliding Pixhawk simulator

I am trying to run "px4 SITL simulation" using gazebo7 on my machine with "UBUNTU-14.04 LTS" using these commands: ...
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Wait simulation time in a non realtime ROS simulation in Python

I want to control a quadrotor with a Python script and run the simulation as fast as my laptop can, not only in real time. I've modified my world and now the simulation runs with 7-10 real time factor....
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Calculating lift capability and current draw of quadcopter motors

I have seen a lot of posts citing this answer which gives the rough estimate that a quadcopter needs approximately 150 watts of power per kg in order to hover. I am trying to do some theoretical ...
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Imaginary part in result of inverse laplace transform

I am working with a system(closed-loop feedback control) that has a transfer function like this F = 20*(s+5)/(s^4+13.5s^3+41s^2+80*s+100) this one is in the s-domain but for the response analysis, I ...
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Tuning a cascaded attitude and attitude rate PID controller

Assume that I have an object in 3D, and I want to have a controller that stabilizes its orientation (also referred to as "attitude"). To be sure we are clear: attitude is measured in "degrees" or "...
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Numeric integration problem in a quadrotor vertical descend code

I'm trying to implement a drone in vertical descend. As for maximum simplification, I maintain all its angles to 0, and just try to get to the my desired descend. However, when I debug, I see that my ...
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Quadcopter PID Controller for distance

I am trying to use a PID controller to stop a quadcopter at a specific location while travelling horizontally, however currently it overshoots/undershoots depending on the max velocity. I have tried ...
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stable altitude quadcopter

I'm currently working on a project to generate a stable altitude and automatic control for a quadcopter I'm using arduino as the flight controller Ultrasonic sensor HC-SR04 MPU-6050 However my ...
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Image based visual servoing for quadrotor forward flight

I'm still trying to understand how to implement image based visual servoing (IBVS) for quadrotor. The control laws seem straightforward if you want to use IBVS to track a feature in the image space at ...
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How to calculate the pitch of the quadcopter rotor blade and their efficiency?

I have gone to some of the blade designs and profiles of the blade which suits my requirement. But, once after entering the Theoretical calculation, I was stuck in the determination or the ...
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Improving PID gain constants

I have started building and programming my own quadcopter. I used stm32 f103 and right now I'm testing PID controller. The issue is getting right gain constants. I have build a swing and attached ...
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Dropping a box from a quadcopter

I am trying to estimate when and where to release a box carried by a delivery UAV such that it falls on a given target. I need to take the wind speed/direction into account. (See the visual below for ...
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MPU6050: Changing Gyro Output Range Throws off Positional Reading

I am using the MPU6050 in conjunction with an Arduino and Jeff Rowberg's i2cdev library, and my project requires that the gyro rate outputs be more precise than the default setting, which is 1/16.4 of ...
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Quadcopter stabilisation

I recently built a quadcopter and programmed a code to stabilise itself. The copter takes the hight from a distancesensors and the angle from a MPU 6050 gyro and accelerometer with a complementary ...
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Quadcopter motors vibration problem

I built an Arduino Due based quadcopter, with MPU-6050 for auto levelling and BMP-085 for Altitude. I am using Kalman filter code from here for the MPU-6050 to take the Roll and Pitch angels from the ...
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MSP (Multiwii Serial Protocol) receiving data with pyMultiWii issue

I want to get telemetry data from my flight controller (Matek F405-CTR) and send control commands to it via MSP protocol. I've already configured UART3 port on Matek in Inav configurator (look at pic)...
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A Delivery Drone

I'm building a delivery drone as my final year project. A drone that can deliver a package to offices around my small town autonomously, for my final year project. I would like to know how this drone ...
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Multiple antenna styles on FPV without true diversity

I did a search and couldn't find a site that stood out as RC. I was hoping you guys would be closest. Here's my question. I bought a set of Eachine EV100 FPV goggles. Every resource I've looked at ...
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How to make a quadcopter hover when tilted forward or backward?

is making a quadcopter hover forwards or backwards possible ? The only two ways I can think of making this happen is by using motors to move the rotors in such a way that they are always vertical and ...
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How to find a solution for quadcopter PID control

I've built a quadcopter and a rig to safely test it on. I'm working on the PID for controlling the roll pitch and yaw. I understand how a PID works on a more simple plant like say a robot with wheels ...
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BLDC Outrunner Direction Change?

I'm designing a Quadcopter for my project. I've seen a lot of guides that the motor rotational direction should be opposite to each other. My doubt is whether the motor have a variety of CW rotation ...
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why we need both vel and acc contribution for actual position?

I was trying to understand multiwii quadcopter code. I started with understanding GPS code. Here is a section of the code where I have doubt. Why actual position = pos + velocity contribution + ...
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What flight firmware stack is most common in aerial robotics research environments?

I'm considering Aero-Astro grad school and am looking into acquiring a drone hardware platform to implement GNC/ PNT/ autonomy papers like those I might see from, e.g., the Navigation and Autonomous ...
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What is the correct architecture of quadcopter control?

I want to make a quadcopter flight controller for my University project. Lately I was searching for systematic architecture of control system used by quadrotors. I have implemented one of the ...
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How to find state-space representation of quadcopter?

I want to design a linear controller for a quadcopter which is 6dof nonlinear. I have non-linear equations. But in order to design a linear controller, I need to find a linear state-space model of ...
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Quadcopter sensor fusion

I'm interested in quadcopter position tracking using a mix of IMU and visual navigation. I want to implement an EKF filter but what's not clear to me is how the filter would be updated using the ...
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For a quadcopter do i need to place the gyroscope sensor at the center of mass?

I am trying to build a quadcopter and think it is essential to have its center of mass in the middle. Therefore, I am planning on putting the battery in the center. However, this will cause me to ...
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Understanding the various attitude estimation methods

I am building a quadcopter using the Arduino Uno with a 6dof accelerometer and gyro. I will be adding a separate 3 axis magnetometer soon for heading. I have successfully implemented the code that ...
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Detection of linear acceleration vs rotational velocity/acceleration

I am wondering, how do you differentiate between linear acceleration and rotational velocity and acceleration for IMU? A rotational velocity or acceleration will still appear to the accelerometer as a ...
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Barometer altitude calculation

I want to calculate altitude using a barometer which is mounted in the proximity of a number of components which get quite hot and raise the localised temperature. The barometric pressure equation is ...
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LiPo battery power maximization

I don't know where this question should be asked so excuse me if this isn't the place. I have a 3S1P 2.2A 50C battery for a drone that I build. I have a charger that looks like this: https://www....
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How to build a fast quadcopter?

I'm currently in a (risky) project that involves me building the fastest quad I can afford. I'm trying to get something close to this extremely fast warpquad After reading a lot about quadcopters, as ...
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Why do quadcopters use brushless motors?

I've been thinking about starting a quadcopter project, maybe building it from scratch. One of the main barriers-to-entry for me is the motors: it seems like most quadcopters use brushless motors. I ...
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What is the difference between planning for kinematic car, dynamic car, blimp, and quadrotor? [closed]

I am working with a sampling based planning library. When I looked into the implementation, I found for kinematic car a SE2 state space(x, y, yaw), for dynamic car a SE2 compound state space (space ...
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What PID values should I keep?

I have built quadcopter but the problem is of balancing. It doesn't goes up. I am using PID technique for balancing. But I am not finding the suitable values for PID tuning. I am using mpu6050 as a ...
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BLDC Stuttering when attached to Arduino Nano

I am working on building a quadcopter with an Arduino nano. I am currently only working with 2 motors. However, I am experiencing an odd issue. When I try to run my motors, one of them runs fine, ...
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Angular rate controller

I try to design an attitude controller with cascaded PD-P structure (angle-angular rate) for well-known quadrotor dynamics according to the thesis. I use an imu as expected in order to get the angle(...
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How to calculate the maximum charge of the battery?

How to calculate the maximum charge of the battery that it can give from a fully charged state to a fully discharged one. I have been trying to solve this problem for 2 months. The drone itself is not....
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How do quadcopters turn left and right?

In this picture, a sketch of a quadcopter is displayed with rotor's direction of motion. The magnitude of the rotational velocity is depicted by the thickness of the lines (thicker lines are higher ...
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Setting up rewards to account for UAV crashes (Reinforcement Learning)

I am working on a project to implement a collision avoidance algorithm on a real UAV. I'm interested in understanding the process to set up a negative reward to account for scenarios wherein there is ...
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Measurements of IMU (accelerometer and gyroscope) are drifted or with too much error

I placed my drone on a table (i.e, at rest) and save (using a ROS topic) the IMU readings: As you can see, there's a lot of drift or error. I would expect the $x$ and $y$ acceleration to be 0 (I know ...
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What are the uncertainites in the Quadcopter model for which we make a Robust Controller?

A quadcopter model may have some uncertainties for which we usually use a robust control. Can please someone specifies some uncertainties? like for what kind of uncertainties do we make a robust ...
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Simulation flight gives inconsistent sensor data

I made a short outdoors flight of 10 minutes with hector quadrotor on Ubuntu 16.04 Gazebo 7. The sensor readings and the path images are as attached. The flight was simple. I took of slowly, moved ...
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What is a low level controller for a quadrotor?

I am studying control systems, and I was reading a paper about quadrotors. In the paper it is said that in the platform of the robot it has to be present a low level controller. But what is a low ...
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Can a quadcopter hover while tilted?

Is there a way to make a quadcopter maintain steady hovering (no lateral movement, constant altitude) while tilted left or right? If so, how can i accomplish this?

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