Hello, everyone. I am tired of placing huge amount of GCPs and recently I was looking for ways to integrate DJI Phantom with Emlid Reach. And I have found several options:
- Integration through photosensor attached to front LED on Phantom’s body made by Simon_Allen. It is affordable, but it has approximately 30ms uncertainty because front LED acts as middleman, providing signal to photosensor. Probably, it is not good enough for me. Snap PPK from Tuffwing has same principle, just more presentable.
- More properly integrated commercial solutions, whose posts(1,2) can also be found on the forum. But their solutions cost an arm and a leg, and I can not afford it. 4 grand is hell of a lot of money for a graduate student. To be fair, it is still cheaper than DJI’s solution, but (read ↓)… Probably, it is for people, who want ready-to-go solution and have no problem with money. Unfortunately they do not share their know-how or sell just integration board. For me it does not make sense order whole Phantom drone from Russia, Finland or somewhere else, when I can buy drone where I live and modify myself.
- I also found some integration board called Ashot. They promise direct integration between Phantom 4 (Advance/Pro) and Reach M+ and costs 380 bucks. Also, at this moment only pre-order avaliable. They say that shipment will start at 20th of March. Looks like dark horse… I got half a mind to risk and pre-order it. They promise extra feature (reduce the shooting interval up to 1.2 second, so you might increase overlap or fly at higher speed) and high level of integration (board should send time mark to the Reach M+ right in the middle of shutter time, hence there is no delay).
What do you think about Ashot? Do you think it is legit? Or did I miss another cheap solutions? Please, share your thoughts and ideas.