Hey guys, sorry for my stupidity in here, Im pretty new to this ardupilot and drone world, Im trying to make a simple vtol drone for some indoor hovering, and I would like to ask some questions to know if I can do this with navio2 and ardupilot.
First question would be: Do I need an RC input for flying indoors? Can I just use putty connectivity through wifi?
Second : Do I actually have to do anything or ardupilot is supposed to just do the control of the drone? (for a simple take off, hovering and landing for example)
Last question: If I want to make an unique design (like 3 motors with a different configuration or something like that), where can I modify the parameters of the code to input the data from my design (is it in c++ or python?) Or can I program my own controller using python or c++? (based on the examples on the developers sections of the DOCS page)
Thanks, and again, sorry if my questions seems stupid
First: in theory you can use it without RC, but on practice you should always have an RC,
Second: Ardupilot can handle takeoff, hovering and landing automatically.
Last: Ardupilot is written in C++. Writing an autopilot from scratch is possible, but it is a big task, so I’d recommend to start with Ardupilot.
Hey, thank you so much for your answers. I have a feel follow up questions.
1.The rc input is needed only for the lag that may happen over wifi? Or is there any other reason?
2.this might sound dumb…but if I have an rc input, do I also have to get a controller? Or the commands can be send by the ardupilot on the computer?
3. If I end up buying a joystick, I haven’t seen one on the hsrdware recommendations on the docs page. Could you maybe suggest one? Do I need those fancy rc controllers or can I adapt something else?
4.Lastly, regarding my previous question about writing my own code, I was actually thinking about writing a code in python using numpy and other math libraries to create an adaptive controller for a more stable flight (totally separate from ardupilot). I’m sure writing your own code to control the drone is possible, right?
Got an nvidia Shield controller, Xubuntu 17.10 and APM 2. Controller seems to be recognized and makes something happen.
But also I should say that I haven’t moved to test flight yet and the “joystick” code in APM2 seems very sketchy.
To begin with, they are using and approach to send joystick as mav-commands if I remember correctly & if so this introduces a lot of unnecessary overhead data. I suspect it has to the fact that other flight controllers don’t have a companion computer like the Navio do.
If you explored the area of joysticks I would love to hear about your findings.
There is much information out there, but scattered all over the internet, takes time to sift trough to find “interesting” information.
Made a post about alternative Joystick function
Im just in the initial stage so far.
But I do have Joystick functionality and so far, it seems to be little to no lag.
I havent had first flight yet, and I think (not certain yet) that I need to make some changes into the “heartbeat” functionality so that the autopilot figures out a possible loss of control.