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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Problem with Coordinate Transformation

So I have a quad with a black-box estimator on it. The black box estimates the pose of the quad. I also have a Vicon system that I'm using to get the ground truth pose of the quad. I'm trying to ...
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Quadcopter flight controller - black smoke?

I bought a qx95 and after a few flights, maybe 3, there was black smoke that fizzled out of the what looks like the flight controller. And since then, anytime I give throttle - the fpv video feed cuts ...
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Euler Angles Order For Quadrotor Modelling

I am modelling a quadrotor and I need to choose an order for the rotations that transfer vectors which are represented in Earth Frame to the Body Frame. what is the most logical order for these ...
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Stabilising a quadcopter using YPR

I'm using the MPU-6050 accelerometer + gyro with the library I2Cdev which outputs: quaternion, euler angles and YPR angles. The equations used for calculating the YPR are: ...
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MPU9255 gyro data to roll pitch?

So I have -32768 to +32768 coming out from MPU9255 (gx,gy,gz) which is converted to 0-250 dps(degrees per second) using 131 which is Gyro's sensitivity. My question would be how do you use this data ...
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Does multiple IMU increase accuracy

I'm just starting up with IMU's and I really want to work on my own flight controller, but a question always hits my mind and I am not able to find answer anywhere, so I'm here. Will multiple IMUs ...
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Is it possible that a quadcopter hold height for long time stable only using IMU (without GPS) and barometer?

As we know, we can calculate altitude from barometer readings, and a UAV can hold height by referring to these data. However the real air pressure is varying with many conditions. These variance will ...
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Is it my PID that is unstable or my physical system? (Quadcopter)

I've been working on this Arduino-MPU6050 quadcopter for a while now, and it looks like it's close to being finished. I have programmed it in rate mode, so the PID's control the rotational velocity. ...
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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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unstable quad with naza m lite

I almost finished my first quad and first time it just flipped(the back over the front 360 degrees)...the motors and props are installed correctly..i triple checked but i'm still a noob in this...my ...
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Why do the motors of my quadcopter not deliver sufficient power?

I am building a quadcopter using the tutorial The Ultimate PVC Quadcopter. When ever I go to lift off, at full throttle, the motors spin but the quadcopter doesn't go anywhere. I have checked again ...
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Recording GPS position [closed]

I build 3d models using Agisoft and need to record the position of the Ground Control Points as accurately as possible, latitude , longitude and altitude. What is the best way of doing this?
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Explanation of Quadcopter Dynamics, Components and Control

I am about to build my own quadcopter from scratch. However i am having problem with understanding how it is possible to control the quadcopter without knowing the current rpm of the BLDC motors. ...
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How do I hack RC transmitter of my drone by realised communication with my PC? [closed]

I have a Chinese drone (cost less than $100), that works with a 2.4Ghz transmitter of 2.4. I am trying to build an application in C++ to control the drone with PC. I am thinking of using an ARDUINO ...
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which is best IMU for Quad-Copter [closed]

Actually i am trying to write my own Flight Controller for Quad-Copter that is controlled by Remote over radio signals.So for a flight controller i have to buy a inertial measurement unit(IMU).So ...
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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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Can high voltage power lines provide a super highway for drones?

Is there a way to convert the EM field that surrounds high voltage power lines for direct usable electricity for air or ground drones for continuous flight or travel? Added: Yes could the EM field be ...
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Locate a quadcopter in x,y space [closed]

I have a quadcopter using image processing to detect shapes on the ground to the determine x,y position. It works ok. My problem is that if the illumination isnt perfect. I would like to know if ...
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remote controlled quadcopter : Why is it not possible to send all the commands over one channel?

First of all, this might be a stupid or bad question but i am quite new to this topic. I want to build a rc transmitter (with some joystick buttons, an arduino and a hc-12 transceiver). I've searched ...
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Possible stabilize Crazyflie 2.0 drone autonomous flight without additional sensors?

I just bought the Crazyflie 2.0 drone. This is my first drone, and it is my first time programming a drone. My first goal is simple: Make the drone hover in place stably for 10 seconds. I found a ...
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How can i get the Laplace Transfer function for control process for quadcopter?

I'm a beginner for quadcopter construction with PID controller and PIC 16F877 microcontroller. Now, I'm troubling with how do make the control process with mathematical model for my quadcopter :( and ...
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How to make RRT to work for dynamic systems?

I want to make path planning algorithm for a quadrotor with RRT in my thesis. I have searched lots of articles and come up with the concept of "dynamic RTT" and one of the articles has a title "...
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Cascaded PID in Quadcopter control

I'm working on diy flight controller for quadcopter. I have a question for which I can't find a good answer. So perhaps you could help me. I'm using a cascaded PID controller for Pitch and Roll ...
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Paradox: I can't use accelerometer measurements to obtain information about my states in a quadcopter?

I'm currently developing an EKF to estimate the position and orientation of a quadcopter. My state vector is comprised of 3D position, 3D velocity, 3 euler angles and the angular velocity vector. ...
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Implementation of the Control of a Quadrotor, as taught in Aerial Robotics in Coursera [closed]

I completed the course of Aerial Robotics in Coursera and I want to implement what I learned in a real quadrotor. The thing is that when I see the equations given like this: For the sake of the ...
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What kinematic equations should I use for Kalman filter state propagation in IMU based quadcopter navigation?

I am working on implementing a Kalman filter for position and velocity estimation of a quadcopter using IMU and vision. First I am trying to use the IMU to get position and velocity. In a tutorial [1] ...
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How to implement PD controller to this 2D planar quadcopter dynamics?

I want to code the dynamics of 2D planar quadrotor and than control it to drive it from one state to another. Dynamics that I use is taken from the online course fiven by Vijay Kumar in Coursera as ...
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Cleanflight : 4 first channels not working and “Failed to open serial port”

I just finished assembling my new 250 quad which is equipped with an SP F3 Flight controller. I think that I kinda bricked my FC in the first 10 minutes of configuring it: I first plugged it in, ...
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Multiple robots in ROS Gazebo SITL with separate MAVlink/MAVproxy codes

Background: This question is about simulating one ErleCopter and one ErleRover simultaneously for a non-commercial research. I would like to have the quadcopter follow a rover, which in turn is to be ...
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Quadcopter takeoff when low throttle /w PID

I'm making my own quad controller from scratch. I have fixed one axis on a "pendulum" so that only one axis can move freely ( + mode). Let's say that I have 0 throttle. As you know PID output is added ...
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Using an AR.Drone's IMU to perform PDR

My task is simple: I want to move my drone manually around a room (IMPORTANT: I DO NOT WANT TO FLY IT) and I want to see its position update on a map using IMU data. I've attempted something in ROS ...
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Stabilizing a Drone

I have my IMU and I can get attitude (pitch, roll, yaw) as well as gyro (x, y, z) As far as I can tell, ...
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How to precisely land a copter in a defined place? [closed]

Say, I have a flat square landing place for a copter, made of e.g. aluminium or plastic, with marks on it making a square, looking like this from the top: ...
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Can I use a 3D gimbal system as a simplistic quadcopter IMU(3 axis accelerometer)?

i have 3d gimbal system and i want to use this sensor in place of IMU(3 axsis accelerometer) in Quadcopter
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3 Axis Gimbal Stabilization System can replace with 3 Axis Accelerometer

i have "TAROT ZYX-GS 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilization System ZYX13" sensor that gives me the value of Roll tilt and Pan.The 3 axis accelerometer give me the value of x y and z.so can we use the Gimbal ...
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How do I interface with a drone?

I recently bought a drone(quadcopter). I like how the drone works but now I would like to create an application that will allow me to control the drone remotely from my PC or Phone. How does a ...
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battery question for DW558 Explorer (small quadrocopter)

I recently bought a DW558 Quadrocopter (http://www.gearbest.com/rc-quadcopters/pp_110531.html). After few minutes, the battery is dead. Which is understandable since the battery is so tiny. It is a 3....
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PID Gains: Drop in control loop rate, need to retune?

Good Day, I am working on an autonomous quadcopter. May I ask if there is a significant difference if my control loop dropped from 500Hz to 460Hz due to added lines of code that would require ...
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How does a QuadCopter Startup work ? Will they tune every copter before releasing to market?

We know that a quadcopter needs to be tuned to its perfect PID values to minimise the pitch, roll , yaw errors and etc., Before releasing to the market will they tune every unit and ship it ? Or a any ...
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CC3D PWM control signal characteristic (to be simulated by Raspberry PI)

My goal is to control drone by Raspberry PI. The Raspberry PI uses camera and OpenCV, sends control commands to AVR microcontroller which will generate the PWM control signal. Meaning that it will ...
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Quadcopter that can carry heavy things? [closed]

So, while I was out drinking with a couple of my friends, one of us said something like 'man, wouldn't it be cool if the beer just came to us?' and that got me thinking. We all have seen some crazy ...
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Using Quaternions to feed a quadcopter PID stabilizing controller to avoid Gimbal lock

I am trying to control my F450 dji quadcopter using a PID controller. From my IMU, I am getting the quaternions, then I convert them to Euler's angles, this is causing me to have the Gimbal lock issue....
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Bldc motors erratic behavior with Arduino program

I've been making my own quadcopter flight controller using Arduino Mega. This is the sample code I wrote in order to test the esc timers and motors: ...
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Hubsan x4 drone camera recording black

I'm unsure if this is the correct community to ask this question (vs. Electronics or Aviation Stack Exchange, for example), but I recently purchased a Hubsan x4 HD video drone from Amazon. This is my ...
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Arduino or Raspberry Pi?

I want to make a object tracking quadcopter for a project. While I'm using the Arduino Mega 2560 as the flight controller, I was thinking of using an additional offboard microcontroller/board for ...
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First build - Quadcopter , need help deciding hardware and connections [closed]

I am building my first drone, Objective: - Need to control drone by wifi on phone or laptop using ground station software of Openpilot I have a Arduino 2560 , cc3d Openpilot flight controller , ...
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Starting out, dissertation project using computer controlled drone [closed]

For my final year in Computer Science university I will be doing a dissertation that includes controlling a drone through computer and communication with an onboard camera for computer vision. The ...
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Quadcopter: X-Y Velocity PID Controller

Good day, Introduction I am currently working on an autonomous quadcopter project. I have currently implemented a cascaded PID controller consisting of two loops. The inner rate loop takes the ...
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How to find Friction or Viscous force b (nmsec) in DC motor

PLease guide me How to find Friction or Viscous force b (nmsec) in DC motor for a particlar speed. The motor is connected with a gear and the ration is 26:1 I want to find for 200 rpm and the motor ...
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Change Message Interval ArduPilot

I am using Mavlink protocol (in c++) to communicate with the ArduPilotMega, I am able to read messages such as ATTITUDE for example. I am currently getting only 2Hz (message rate) and I would like to ...