Helicopters and rocket-planes

Andrew Tridgell held a talk at the Linux.conf.au 2016 and tells about the more crazy projects he is been working on.

The BBBmini is also mentioned in the talk :)

“ArduPilot on embedded Linux boards is now flying on a wide variety of
vehicles. In this talk I will present three very different examples of
ArduPilot based aircraft and describe the unique challenges of each.

The smallest is the tiny Parrot Bebop, which has been running Linux for
a long time but now can run ArduPilot. The ArduPilot dev team has been
working closely with Parrot on the port, and it is now flying very
nicely. I’ll give some demos at the conference.

The loudest is a 700 sized petrol helicopter, which turned out to be a
real challenge for vibration handling, and also had some interesting
issues with IMU filtering.

The craziest is the Lohan rocket plane, which aims to fly at supersonic
speeds 20km above the ground, before doing an autonomous landing at
Spaceport USA (or possibly creating a new crater in the ground nearby!).”

Linux on flying robots is really going mainstream now!

enhanced BeagleBone ahead?


There are rumours about the soon? to be released BeagleBone enhanced and it seems it will have
MPU6050 Triple Axis Accelerometer / Gyro and LPS331AP MEMS pressure sensor integrated as well as gigabit Ethernet. Good old 6050 should be replaced for a MPU9250 or so, not sure how good or Accurate the baro will be.

It will have double the amount of ram and will have two additional USB ports available. The makers are preparing for a crowdfunding campaign I heard.

I really like the extra USB and fast Ethernet. More ram is always welcome.

Read more about the BBE here.

I guess it will take off depending on availability and pricing.

Can’t wait for more details..

How Green Is Your Linux ArduPilot?


I recently discovered the very good looking BeagleBone Green (BBG) from seedstudio and i am thinking about buying one for another BBBmini build. I can tell you already that it will not only fly the copter or drive the rover but ….

They have removed the HDMI Port and power connector which probably reduces the weight. Pretty nice finish as far i can tell from the pictures, should look awesome with an Green BBBmini PCB on top i think.

There are additional connectors for I2C and UART0 for external components and debug purposes. One just needs to remember to buy the cables as well because they use a proprietary connector called “Grove”.

In Germany EXPtech is selling them here and here and it is around 10-15 bucks cheaper than the original BeagleBone Black.

Maybe as early Christmas present for myself i can justify to buy it right now or maybe should i ask my Finanzminister first ;)



Copter-3.3 released!


Randy just posted that after months of beta-testing with no significant issues, Copter-3.3 has been released.

This version and all future versions of Copter only work with fast CPU boards like the 3DR Pixhawk (and compatible) boards, VRBrain, NAVIO+ and of course with the BBBMINI.

Slower CPU boards (APM2.x) just work with previous Copter-3.2.1 release.

APM:Plane 3.4.0 released


Tridge announced the release of version 3.4.0 of APM:Plane.

This is the last release with APM1/APM2 support and the APM1/APM2 release is missing quite a few features that are on the Pixhawk and other more capeable boards like the BBBMINI ;)

There are lots of changes so read carefully about all details here.