I’m looking to control a large number of channels using the Navio board, as many as it can really.
As an example, say on the UAV I have 8 channels (4 flight surfaces and 4 motors). I’d like each motor and surface to have its own receiver output rather than using y harnesses, but I’d also like to only transmit 4 channels. So lets say there’s no Navio and it’s a regular RC plane - I could plug everything in to the receiver (all 8 channels) and mix on my controller so everything is just controlled using the sticks. (I’m transmitting 8 channels in this scenario).
Is it possible for Navio to do this mixing and output 8 channels, while only transmitting 4 channels from the transmitter? 4 channels from the transmitter to the receiver, 4 channels into the navio, it does the mixing and outputs 8.
I may not have explained it as clearly as I should have so please let me know I’m not getting my point across.
(rudder was just a bad translation from german on my side - of course i meant control surfaces)
theoretically that would be possible on Navio2 - but i could’nt really find out if ardupilot supports “4 motors output” on a plane; (Archived:Channel Output Functions — Plane documentation) it seems natively it doesn’t;
if you can split the throttle signal to all 4 ESCs - then transmitting 4 channels is no problem for flying; (but i’m not sure if a simple Y-Splitter can transmit one PWM to 4 ESC’s - but I never tried that!)
The latest version of Arduplane supports a second throttle channel. If you look into the full parameter list under rcX_function you can tell every pwm output which function it should execute. Enter 70 for second throttle on rc5-14 and connect two of your ESCs to that output. The documentation is still a little thin on this, so I do not know if you really get any benefits from the second throttle channel, like differential throttle or anything.
I left my Twinstar the way it was, using just one throttle and a y-cable.
It should be no problem, to connect 4 ESCs with y-cables. Hobbyking delivers their 4in1 ESCs with a 1to4 hub to calibrate all 4 ESCs at once, for example.