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Setup ArduPilot flight modes with DX6 Gen 2

I've looked around the web to get an understanding the setup of the Ardupilot flight modes with a Spektrum DX6 2nd generation and there was none. So I decided to write this blog. The few things to consider when doing this:

  1. Please follow the instruction given on the ardupilot webpage.
  2. Have the Pixhawk hardware connected to Mission Planner (I have MP 1.3.50 - Copter V3.5.3) 
  3. Use the display bar in the Radio Calibration page as a guide while changing the rate pulse widths on your transmitter.
  4. I've used switch D to change the pulse width ranges on channel 5.

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Setup ArduPilot flight modes with DX6 Gen 2

I've looked around the web to get an understanding the setup of the Ardupilot flight modes with a Spektrum DX6 2nd generation and there was none. So I decided to write this blog. The few things to consider when doing this:

  1. Please follow the instruction given on the ardupilot webpage.
  2. Have the Pixhawk hardware connected to Mission Planner (I have MP 1.3.50 - Copter V3.5.3) 
  3. Use the display bar in the Radio Calibration page as a guide while changing the rate pulse widths on your transmitter.
  4. I've used switch D to change the pulse width ranges on channel 5.

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What is Tiny Whoop Micro Quadcopter?

Tiny Whoop is a small FPV(first-person-view) micro brushed quadcopter, its propellers are protected by EDF ducts that also makes it a very efficient little machine, we can fly FPV around people and kids safely. It allows some insane indoor FPV flying: chasing people, annoying your pets, cruise around the house without hurting anyone or damage anything. Compared to mini quads, the tiny size opens the horizon for new possibilities in FPV hobby. It’s more fun than I’ve ever had.

What are their advantages?

  • Tiny size, making them ideal for flying indoors, through shelves, under desks, wherever.
  • They are Efficient, with up to 4 minutes of flight from a tiny battery.
  • Acrobatic Performance, capable of flips, rolls and fast climbs due to their power to weight.
  • Robust, their ducted design also allows them to shrug off most wall impacts.
  • Inexpensive to purchase and repair. Even the bigger-budget bundles represent great value.
  • Many on the market are ready to fly, and such accessibility is rare when it comes to FPV.
  • They are just awesome fun, seriously even if you just want to fly and not tinker.

What do we need know when we build a Tiny whoop?

You can choose to go full-blown with 2S motors and batteries, or even opt for brushless motors (more on this another time!).

A typical build will contain the following parts:

  • A frame (80-100mm should be good)
  • A flight controller (the SPRacing F3 Brushed is a great choice)
  • Motors (8.5mm brushed) & propellers
  • Battery (400-750mAh; 1S/2S)
  • Receiver (depends on what transmitter you have)
  • AIO (all-in-one) camera (the FX798T is a proven champ)

You can read our Quadcopter frame, lipo battery, motor and propeller size matching table to know more about how to build quadcopter.

Batteries

Tiny Whoop use 1S 150-205mah LiPo batteries and flight time is about 1-2 minutes. Between different brands and discharge rates there might be a difference in flight time. It’s best to get loads of them. I think 10 to 15 of them is a good number to for a living room FPV racing session.

Motors

There are two types of upgrade 0615 motors sold by micro-motor-warehouse: medium & fast. Type of upgrade motors has an impact on performance and battery life. Because stock PIDs on the Inductrix main board are not adjusted to fly with neither medium nor fast so when flying in acro mode motors sound like they struggle and also there are some oscillations. I didn’t have a chance to test the stock motors with FPV gear on so can’t confirm how they perform in acro.

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What is Tiny Whoop Micro Quadcopter?

Tiny Whoop is a small FPV(first-person-view) micro brushed quadcopter, its propellers are protected by EDF ducts that also makes it a very efficient little machine, we can fly FPV around people and kids safely. It allows some insane indoor FPV flying: chasing people, annoying your pets, cruise around the house without hurting anyone or damage anything. Compared to mini quads, the tiny size opens the horizon for new possibilities in FPV hobby. It’s more fun than I’ve ever had.

What are their advantages?

  • Tiny size, making them ideal for flying indoors, through shelves, under desks, wherever.
  • They are Efficient, with up to 4 minutes of flight from a tiny battery.
  • Acrobatic Performance, capable of flips, rolls and fast climbs due to their power to weight.
  • Robust, their ducted design also allows them to shrug off most wall impacts.
  • Inexpensive to purchase and repair. Even the bigger-budget bundles represent great value.
  • Many on the market are ready to fly, and such accessibility is rare when it comes to FPV.
  • They are just awesome fun, seriously even if you just want to fly and not tinker.

What do we need know when we build a Tiny whoop?

You can choose to go full-blown with 2S motors and batteries, or even opt for brushless motors (more on this another time!).

A typical build will contain the following parts:

  • A frame (80-100mm should be good)
  • A flight controller (the SPRacing F3 Brushed is a great choice)
  • Motors (8.5mm brushed) & propellers
  • Battery (400-750mAh; 1S/2S)
  • Receiver (depends on what transmitter you have)
  • AIO (all-in-one) camera (the FX798T is a proven champ)

You can read our Quadcopter frame, lipo battery, motor and propeller size matching table to know more about how to build quadcopter.

Batteries

Tiny Whoop use 1S 150-205mah LiPo batteries and flight time is about 1-2 minutes. Between different brands and discharge rates there might be a difference in flight time. It’s best to get loads of them. I think 10 to 15 of them is a good number to for a living room FPV racing session.

Motors

There are two types of upgrade 0615 motors sold by micro-motor-warehouse: medium & fast. Type of upgrade motors has an impact on performance and battery life. Because stock PIDs on the Inductrix main board are not adjusted to fly with neither medium nor fast so when flying in acro mode motors sound like they struggle and also there are some oscillations. I didn’t have a chance to test the stock motors with FPV gear on so can’t confirm how they perform in acro.

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Impressive Ardupilot based Drone Delivery Demo

Late last month drone company Matternet demoed a first, a precise and fully automated drone delivery (coffee!) to the roof of a Mercedes, capping a lengthy flight over the city of Zurich in Switzerland. Ardupilot is under the hood of the parachute equipped, 10kg, 70km/h copter.

From Techcrunch:

"Drone delivery may be closer than you think: Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz Vans teamed up with e-commerce startup siroop, and drone logistics provider Matternet to kick off a pilot in Zurich of its van-based drone delivery concept. The partners demonstrated a delivery live to an audience of media today, showing a coffee delivery from a small Swiss merchant using siroop’s platform."

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