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QLi15
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Is it possible to use intel aero as flight controller?

Hi all,

The ardupilot website http://ardupilot.org/rover/docs/common-intel-aero-overview.html Intel Aero Overview — Rover documentation suggests that ardupilot can be run on intel aero as well. Has anyone tried this?

I want to start a uav project, but I cannot afford both an intel aero and a pixhawk. So, if intel aero can be used as a flight controller, running ardupilot and output to ESCs, then it should work for me. Otherwise, I may buy the new pixhawk2 plus edison, which may not have enough power for my project..

I will appreciate any ideas and comments. Thanks.

Qiang

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Lucas_M_Intel
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Hi,

It's possible to do it if you have your own breakout board to expose the right IOs to motors and peripherals. Information about sensors on the board on that website is not accurate and you should instead follow the official documentation for that.

Lucas De Marchi

QLi15
Beginner
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Hi Lucas,

Thanks for your answer.

There is no breakout board out there, and I'm not ready to design one. Now I'm thinking maybe I can use an openpilot cc3d flight controller, which was used on my mini quad, as the flght controller needed.

I want to hear more opinions before closing this question.

Thanks

Qiang

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Qiang,

 

 

Thanks for your interest in the Intel Aero platform.

 

 

Currently, the Intel Aero compute board is designed to work with a flight controller. I was looking at http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-intel-aero-rtf.html http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-intel-aero-rtf.html for the flashing procedure documented by ArduPilot, however, it is for the Intel Aero RTF that comes with a flight controller included.

 

 

Regards,

 

-Yermi A.

 

QLi15
Beginner
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Hi Yermi,

Thanks for your reply.

What's the flight controller in the RTF model? Are you going to post more instructions on how to connect Aero to flight controllers other than pixhawk soon? If Aero is designed as a companion computer, what's its edge compared to Joule?

Thanks.

Qiang

idata
Community Manager
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Hi Qiang,

 

 

Currently, I'm not aware of any documentations to connect the Aero to a different flight controller to the Pixhawk: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/intel-aero-boards/000023093.html Connecting Pixhawk Flight Controller to the Intel® Aero Compute Board, however, we recommend you to be checking the community.

 

 

Moreover, the Intel Aero RTF comes with Intel Aero Flight controller with Dronecode PX4 Autopilot:
  • STM32 microcontroller
  • 6 DoF IMU, magnetometer, and altitude sensors
  • Connected to the Aero Compute Board over HSUART and communicates using MAVLink* protocol

 

The Aero compute board is designed for UAV purposes and it comes with an on-board IMU, Compass, barometer and Altera MAX 10 FPGA that the Intel Joule doesn't include, please take a look at their documentation for more details about both board https://software.intel.com/en-us/iot/hardware/joule/documentation Intel® Joule™ Module Documentation and https://software.intel.com/en-us/aero/dev-kit Intel® Aero Compute Board.

 

 

Regards,

 

-Yermi A.

 

QLi15
Beginner
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Hi Yermi,

Thanks for you answer. I've decided to go with pixracer, which is supposed to offer most of px4 features at a much lower price.

Best,

Qiang

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