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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #180 on: December 02, 2014, 08:16:43 PM »
Quadcopter all repaired and reconfigured with new software....  Thumbs:

Big day tomorrer like....  scared2:



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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #181 on: December 05, 2014, 03:08:15 PM »
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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #182 on: December 05, 2014, 03:11:45 PM »
We won't hear any news until BM finds the black box Steve  rubschin:
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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #183 on: December 05, 2014, 03:17:36 PM »
We won't hear any news until BM finds the black box Steve  rubschin:

Don't laugh another ex-pat lost one near here......... ;D

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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #184 on: December 05, 2014, 03:21:16 PM »
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Disaster struck the other day (hence my tears above)....

She was all ready to fly (I thought) with new software.... for the first time everything seemed to be working perfectly...

However, the motors would not arm - the motors default to 'unarmed' so they don't chop your arms off when you connect the battery if you have left the throttle half way...

You 'arm' the motors by putting throttle to zero and full right 'rudder' on the radio transmitter....

...but it didn't work.... I plugged it back into the flight planner (on my PC) and it said the motors could not arm as the compass needed re-calibration.

So, I went into calibration mode - the flight planner collects data for a minute from the compass while you turn the aircraft through all axis.... it can then calculate 'offsets' which are downloaded to the board...

...about 50 seconds into the process THE USB CONNECTOR BROKE OFF THE FLIGHT CONTROLLER!!!!  Banghead

So, it is basically fucked... I can't fly it without calibrating the compass....

The USB connector has teeny-tiny connections which make contact with the board - they are not soldered but the connector shroud  itself is soldered to the board....

I thought I could possibly hot-glue it back onto the board but (after getting boiling hot glue all over my fingers) while I can get a connection the PC will not reliably see it as connected...

I can connect by a FTDI (serial) port on the board but I needed a USB to FTDI converter which I don't have....

So, now waiting for a new flight controller and an FTDI to USB converter (belt and braces) to arrive through the impossibly slow Cyprus Post system...

OK...?

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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #185 on: December 05, 2014, 03:21:32 PM »
We won't hear any news until BM finds the black box Steve  rubschin:

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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #186 on: December 05, 2014, 03:23:25 PM »
Popcorn:

Disaster struck the other day (hence my tears above)....

She was all ready to fly (I thought) with new software.... for the first time everything seemed to be working perfectly...

However, the motors would not arm - the motors default to 'unarmed' so they don't chop your arms off when you connect the battery if you have left the throttle half way...

You 'arm' the motors by putting throttle to zero and full right 'rudder' on the radio transmitter....

...but it didn't work.... I plugged it back into the flight planner (on my PC) and it said the motors could not arm as the compass needed re-calibration.

So, I went into calibration mode - the flight planner collects data for a minute from the compass while you turn the aircraft through all axis.... it can then calculate 'offsets' which are downloaded to the board...

...about 50 seconds into the process THE USB CONNECTOR BROKE OFF THE FLIGHT CONTROLLER!!!!  Banghead

So, it is basically fucked... I can't fly it without calibrating the compass....

The USB connector has teeny-tiny connections which make contact with the board - they are not soldered but the connector shroud  itself is soldered to the board....

I thought I could possibly hot-glue it back onto the board but (after getting boiling hot glue all over my fingers) while I can get a connection the PC will not reliably see it as connected...

I can connect by a FTDI (serial) port on the board but I needed a USB to FTDI converter which I don't have....

So, now waiting for a new flight controller and an FTDI to USB converter (belt and braces) to arrive through the impossibly slow Cyprus Post system...

OK...?

Gubbed ....... noooo:

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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #187 on: December 06, 2014, 12:00:06 AM »
Popcorn:

Disaster struck the other day (hence my tears above)....

She was all ready to fly (I thought) with new software.... for the first time everything seemed to be working perfectly...

However, the motors would not arm - the motors default to 'unarmed' so they don't chop your arms off when you connect the battery if you have left the throttle half way...

You 'arm' the motors by putting throttle to zero and full right 'rudder' on the radio transmitter....

...but it didn't work.... I plugged it back into the flight planner (on my PC) and it said the motors could not arm as the compass needed re-calibration.

So, I went into calibration mode - the flight planner collects data for a minute from the compass while you turn the aircraft through all axis.... it can then calculate 'offsets' which are downloaded to the board...

...about 50 seconds into the process THE USB CONNECTOR BROKE OFF THE FLIGHT CONTROLLER!!!!  Banghead

So, it is basically fucked... I can't fly it without calibrating the compass....

The USB connector has teeny-tiny connections which make contact with the board - they are not soldered but the connector shroud  itself is soldered to the board....

I thought I could possibly hot-glue it back onto the board but (after getting boiling hot glue all over my fingers) while I can get a connection the PC will not reliably see it as connected...

I can connect by a FTDI (serial) port on the board but I needed a USB to FTDI converter which I don't have....

So, now waiting for a new flight controller and an FTDI to USB converter (belt and braces) to arrive through the impossibly slow Cyprus Post system...

OK...?

Ta

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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #188 on: December 16, 2014, 08:35:39 PM »
I am ready!  Thumbs:
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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #189 on: December 16, 2014, 08:40:03 PM »
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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #190 on: December 16, 2014, 08:42:34 PM »
noooo:

All repaired, re-programmed and ready to go - tomorrer weather permitting.....  cloud9:
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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #191 on: December 16, 2014, 09:11:14 PM »
What could possibly go right?
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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #192 on: December 17, 2014, 12:35:08 AM »
Look on the bright side BM, you won't be the only one....

http://youtu.be/Vi1PCIDFV7s

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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #193 on: December 17, 2014, 07:16:53 AM »
Look on the bright side BM, you won't be the only one....

http://youtu.be/Vi1PCIDFV7s

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Harder than it looks, you say....?  rubschin:
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Re: Barman's All New Quadcopter Thread
« Reply #194 on: December 17, 2014, 08:42:54 AM »
Look on the bright side BM, you won't be the only one....

http://youtu.be/Vi1PCIDFV7s

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Harder than it looks, you say....?  rubschin:

Must be.  Is it true that they now build some with built in GPS co-ordinates of major airports to avoid worst case gubbery?

And have to say there are some awesome shots in there in between the accidents
Well, whatever nevermind