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LFerr7
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Has anyone ever managed to run a mission without crash?

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Dear all,

I'm struggling to run even a simple mission on my Aero without the drone losing control or flying sideways all the time.

Even the Take Off command sent from QGroundControl seems to trigger some sort of anomaly that makes the drone fly sideways without any chance to interact with it.

This happened both taking off via QGroundControl and both via uploading a mission through Pymavlink (as suggested in Pixhawk guide https://dev.px4.io/en/robotics/dronekit.html https://dev.px4.io/en/robotics/dronekit.html )

 

Has this ever happened to anyone?

I noticed this behavior on Aeros with Ubuntu on it, is it because of this?

My settings are:

BIOS_VERSION = Aero-01.00.13

OS_VERSION = Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS"

AIRMAP_VERSION = unknown

FPGA_VERSION = 0xc2

AeroFC firmware version = 1.6.5

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idata
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Hello LudoDrone,

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero Ready to Fly Drone.

 

I am very sorry to hear that you had difficulties with running a mission.

 

 

First, I noticed that your BIOS version is not up to date, this should be 01.00.16.

 

You can update BIOS by following the steps here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-setup

 

The release notes are available here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/98-Software-Release-Notes

 

 

Can you also please tell me, where you are flying the drone and which flight mode you are using?

 

Did you re-calibrate the drone after installing Ubuntu? You can find the steps for re-calibrating the Drone here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup# calibration

 

Please make sure that the GPS antenna is also correctly positioned.

 

 

You can also try flashing your flight controller by following these steps:

 

https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup%23flashing-the-flight-controller... https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup# flashing-the-flight-controller-rtf-only

 

 

Another option would also be to try Ardupilot as a flight controller. The guide is available here: http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-intel-aero-rtf.html

 

 

Let me know if any of these solutions work, or if you have any other questions.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Casandra

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello LudoDrone,

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero Ready to Fly Drone.

 

I am very sorry to hear that you had difficulties with running a mission.

 

 

First, I noticed that your BIOS version is not up to date, this should be 01.00.16.

 

You can update BIOS by following the steps here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-setup

 

The release notes are available here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/98-Software-Release-Notes

 

 

Can you also please tell me, where you are flying the drone and which flight mode you are using?

 

Did you re-calibrate the drone after installing Ubuntu? You can find the steps for re-calibrating the Drone here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup# calibration

 

Please make sure that the GPS antenna is also correctly positioned.

 

 

You can also try flashing your flight controller by following these steps:

 

https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup%23flashing-the-flight-controller... https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-Setup# flashing-the-flight-controller-rtf-only

 

 

Another option would also be to try Ardupilot as a flight controller. The guide is available here: http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-intel-aero-rtf.html

 

 

Let me know if any of these solutions work, or if you have any other questions.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Casandra

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello LudoDrone,

 

 

Following up on my previous post.

 

Was the solution provided helpful in solving your query?

 

Is there anything else I can assist you with?

 

 

Best regards,

 

Casandra
LFerr7
New Contributor I
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Dear Cassandra,

I always recalibrate the drone after having flashed the flight controller and Installing Ubuntu and I can't find any reason why the Aero goes crazy when it's in mid-air.

What changes from the BIOS version 01.00.13 to the 01.00.16? I couldn't find any release description that would explain why not even a QGroundControl mission can run smoothly.

Would you please provide the optimal configuration that has been TESTED by Intel and it is 100% functional?

 

Is there any specific tutorial for Aero that you suggest to follow?

Aero is a great experimental platform but it's giving me and my team a hard time running even a simple take off - land routine.

I'm looking forward to hear from you.

idata
Community Manager
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Hello LudoDrone,

 

 

Could you tell me ho you are connecting to the drone?

 

If it's via wifi, the antennas on the Aero RTF were chosen for light weight and do not have a good range.

 

QGroundControl requires a stable connection to the drone at all times.

 

I would suggest using a telemetry radio as mentioned here:

 

https://docs.px4.io/en/telemetry/ https://docs.px4.io/en/telemetry/

 

 

Let me know if this is helpful.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Casandra
idata
Community Manager
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Hello LudoDrone,

 

 

Following up on my previous post, was the suggestion provided useful?

 

 

Is there anything else I can help you with?

 

 

Best regards,

 

Casandra
LFerr7
New Contributor I
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Hi Cassandra,

yes, I am aware of the bandwidth intensive process of uploading a mission, although I have followed the Intel tutorial to extend the wifi range that can be found at the following link:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Intel-Aero-Drone-Extending-Wifi-Range/ Intel Aero Drone - Extending Wifi Range: 9 Steps

The wifi coverage does improve, although anomalies during flight persist. I'll look into the Telemetry Radio guide that you provided.

It's a rainy week so I won't be able to test a lot.

In the meanwhile can you respond to my previous and more specific questions?

 

What changes from the BIOS version 01.00.13 to the 01.00.16?

Is there an optimal configuration that has been TESTED by Intel and it is 100% functional?

 

Is there any specific tutorial for Aero-QGroundControl that you suggest to follow?

idata
Community Manager
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Hello LudoDrone,

 

 

 

These are the guides we normally suggest for Intel Aero with QGroundControl :

 

https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/02-Initial-setup

 

https://github.com/search?q=org:intel-aero+QGroundcontrol&type=Wikis

 

https://docs.qgroundcontrol.com/en/

 

 

In regards to the BIOS version you can find more information here: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/27833/Intel-Aero-Platform-for-UAVs-Installation-Files?v=t

 

The release notes are available here: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/98-Software-Release-Notes https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/98-Software-Release-Notes

 

 

There is no optimal configuration available, from Intel. The Intel Aero Platform for UAV's, is a developers platform and it can be used with multiple third party software's or tools. Ultimately, it is up to each developer how he\she configures the drone.

 

 

I hope this information proves useful, looking forward to your reply after the rainy weather clears out.

 

 

Best regards,

 

Casandra

 

 

idata
Community Manager
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Hello LudoDrone,

 

 

 

Following up on my previous post.

 

Is there anything else I can assist you with?

 

 

Best regards,

 

Casandra
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