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NNASh
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Intel Aero RTF connecting External Sensors

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Hi,

I am using an Intel Aero RTF with Arducopter.

Currently am programming with Python and Dronekit.

I was planning to connect external sensors to the drone using an arduino as a hub for all the sensors.

The guides listed below generally attach to the PixHawk and then configure using QGC.

http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-rangefinder-landingpage.html Rangefinders (landing page) — Copter documentation

Note:

I am planning to use the drone indoors "without GPS"

So, I was planning to use ALT HOLD mode to test this first

I wanted to know the following:

1. If I have an external sensor for altitude ( ex: A time of flight sensor), how do I use the value in dronekit for altitude control.

2. Is it fine that I am connecting external sensor through arduino using the usb port or are there more reliable or preferred methods.

I would really appreciate any help.

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idata
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Hello Nashnir,

 

 

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

 

 

Regarding your first question, I would recommend to use this code as sample for your project: https://github.com/dronekit/dronekit-python/blob/master/examples/set_attitude_target/set_attitude_ta... https://github.com/dronekit/dronekit-python/blob/master/examples/set_attitude_target/set_attitude_ta...

 

About your second question, the Aero Platform has multiple interfaces such as UART (serial) that can be used to communicate with an Arduino. However, this has not been tested. We encourage you to give it a try and share your results with the community. Other users in this community have used PX4Flow and LeddarOne for optical flow.

 

Hope this information helps you with your query. In case we can provide any other details, please let us know.

 

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Eliza

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello Nashnir,

 

 

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

 

 

Regarding your first question, I would recommend to use this code as sample for your project: https://github.com/dronekit/dronekit-python/blob/master/examples/set_attitude_target/set_attitude_ta... https://github.com/dronekit/dronekit-python/blob/master/examples/set_attitude_target/set_attitude_ta...

 

About your second question, the Aero Platform has multiple interfaces such as UART (serial) that can be used to communicate with an Arduino. However, this has not been tested. We encourage you to give it a try and share your results with the community. Other users in this community have used PX4Flow and LeddarOne for optical flow.

 

Hope this information helps you with your query. In case we can provide any other details, please let us know.

 

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Eliza

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello Nashnir,

 

 

Could you please let me know if the information provided was helpful or if I can assist you with anything else?

 

 

Thank you in advance,

 

Eliza
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