Here’s a couple of items that would help with camera integration on the Reach. For the short term, could we add the ability to trigger a camera based on distance travelled as an option? The current period based trigger is ok, but being able to specify distances would be useful.
Ultimately, I’d like to be able to connect to a Solo (or any pixhawk) via Mavlink so we can capture the camera trigger command and fire off a shot (and use ground control planning software to setup the survey). This could be accomplished by either using a serial connection to the accessory bay connector on Solo or by connection to the Solo’s wifi network. Since I’m powering Reach with the accessory bay connector, that would be my preference as wifi problems wouldn’t cause an issue. Ultimately, if Reach was able to integrate USB communications with the camera, we could put the positions in the images if we’re doing RTK or write the exact time stamp in EXIF, making post-processing a little easier. Perhaps if we could integrate storage, images and logs could be copied to external storage.
Anyone have a better idea to integrate Reach with Solo for surveying? Others have used companion computers to interface, but since we’ve already got a Reach, why not use it?