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 More …

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 More …

DIY Linux autopilot – cool for cats… and geeks

I want to share with you the tremendous fun I’m having with the BBBmini DIY ArduPilot project, which I discovered during the summer. Hopefully, I can demonstrate what a sexy DIY Linux Autopilot for around 100 bucks looks like and convince you why Linux autopilots are cooler than a cat playing the piano. For some background, Mirko Denecke, who designed the BBBmini, wrote an introductory blog post on his DIY ArduPilot Cape here, and about further enhancements here. Since Mirko released rev1.4 into the wild as Open Hardware, there’s been a BBBmini usergroup down at DIY Drones, so that’s a good place to see More …

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 More …