Designing Purpose-Built Drones for Ardupilot Pixhawk 2.1

Design and build land, air, and sea drones using Ardupilot with Pixhawk 2.1
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Designing Purpose-Built Drones for Ardupilot Pixhawk 2.1

Ty Audronis

Design and build land, air, and sea drones using Ardupilot with Pixhawk 2.1

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ISBN 139781786469168
Paperback262 pages

Book Description

The Ardupilot platform is an application ecosystem that encompasses various OS projects for drone programming, flight control, and advanced functionalities.The Ardupilot platform supports many Comms and APIs, such as DroneKit, ROS, and MAVLink. It unites OS drone projects to provide a common codebase. With the help of this book, you will have the satisfaction of building a drone from scratch and exploring its many recreational uses (aerial photography, playing, aerial surveillance, and so on). This book helps individuals and communities build powerful UAVs for both personal and commercial purposes. You will learn to unleash the Ardupilot technology for building, monitoring, and controlling your drones.This is a step-by-step guide covering practical examples and instructions for assembling a drone, building ground control unit using microcontrollers, QgroundControl, and MissionPlanner.

You can further build robotic applications on your drone utilizing critical software libraries and tools from the ROS framework. With the help of DroneKit and MAVLink (for reliable communication), you can customize applications via cloud and mobile to interact with your UAV.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Drones 101
Introduction to drones
Purposes for drones
Ardupilot 101 – A quick overview of Pixhawk 2.1
Safety and best practices
Summary
Chapter 2: Your First Drone - An Autonomous RC Car
Our rover
Kitbashing
Rustler VXL
Planning and limitations
Hooking up your Pixhawk
Programming the Pixhawk for our (basic) rover
Testing and driving
Summary
Chapter 3: A Drone for Hunters – Autonomous Duck Decoy
Spawning a marketable deal
Outlining the scope before you design
Choosing the kitbash boat
Designing the duck body for 3D printing
Testing for water-tightness
Installing the propulsion system
Steering and electronics
Hooking everything up!
Summary
Chapter 4: A Drone for Golfers
The design
Using tank locomotion
Using Bluetooth to control Pixhawk with a phone
Using LIDAR to avoid obstacles
Summary
Chapter 5: Introduction to UAVs
Safety concerns
Designing for air versus ground
Summary
Chapter 6: A Simple Multicopter Drone
What is 360 VR video, and why make a drone for it?
Spec-ing out the parts
Running the numbers
Assembling the drone
Configuring Pixhawk and Mission Planner
Final configuration before test flights
Summary
Chapter 7: The Holy Grail - A Fixed Wing Drone
Why this particular airplane kit?
The assembly
Tuning a fixed wing aircraft with mission planner
Setting up for tuning
The tuning process
Summary
Chapter 8: The Principles of VTOL with Pixhawk
The types of VTOL
Designing your first VTOL
Implementing Pixhawk
Transitioning from VTOL to airplane
Recommended VTOL RTL procedure
Notes before attempting any transitions
Summary
Chapter 9: Programming Ardupilot
The Flight Data interface
The Flight Plan Screen
The Initial Setup screen
Config/Tuning screen
The Simulation Screen
Mission Planner terminal
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Kitbash "dumb" objects into smart ones
  • Program Pixhawk for your drones
  • Fabricate your own parts out of different materials
  • Integrate Pixhawk into different types of drones
  • Build and understand the significant difference between land, sea, and air drones
  • Adapt old Pixhawk sensors to the new Pixhawk 2.1 plugs
  • Become familiar with procedures for testing your new drones

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Drones 101
Introduction to drones
Purposes for drones
Ardupilot 101 – A quick overview of Pixhawk 2.1
Safety and best practices
Summary
Chapter 2: Your First Drone - An Autonomous RC Car
Our rover
Kitbashing
Rustler VXL
Planning and limitations
Hooking up your Pixhawk
Programming the Pixhawk for our (basic) rover
Testing and driving
Summary
Chapter 3: A Drone for Hunters – Autonomous Duck Decoy
Spawning a marketable deal
Outlining the scope before you design
Choosing the kitbash boat
Designing the duck body for 3D printing
Testing for water-tightness
Installing the propulsion system
Steering and electronics
Hooking everything up!
Summary
Chapter 4: A Drone for Golfers
The design
Using tank locomotion
Using Bluetooth to control Pixhawk with a phone
Using LIDAR to avoid obstacles
Summary
Chapter 5: Introduction to UAVs
Safety concerns
Designing for air versus ground
Summary
Chapter 6: A Simple Multicopter Drone
What is 360 VR video, and why make a drone for it?
Spec-ing out the parts
Running the numbers
Assembling the drone
Configuring Pixhawk and Mission Planner
Final configuration before test flights
Summary
Chapter 7: The Holy Grail - A Fixed Wing Drone
Why this particular airplane kit?
The assembly
Tuning a fixed wing aircraft with mission planner
Setting up for tuning
The tuning process
Summary
Chapter 8: The Principles of VTOL with Pixhawk
The types of VTOL
Designing your first VTOL
Implementing Pixhawk
Transitioning from VTOL to airplane
Recommended VTOL RTL procedure
Notes before attempting any transitions
Summary
Chapter 9: Programming Ardupilot
The Flight Data interface
The Flight Plan Screen
The Initial Setup screen
Config/Tuning screen
The Simulation Screen
Mission Planner terminal
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781786469168
Paperback262 pages
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