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YPark6
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Is this suitable Flight controller for my plan?

Hello,

I am planning to build a custom drone (coaxial 4wings - 4*2), and I am trying to lift 10kg with the new drone. So far, I have used Mikro Kopter for flight controller. By a limitation of amp, I cannot use it for heavy lift drone.

Aero is capable for the plan? Also, if you have any references, please let me know.

Thanks,

Young

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello Young,

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero drone.

 

 

The Aero uses the Pixhawk flight controller.

 

A PixHawk with Arducopter is a very capable platform and used for many heavy lift designs and octo setups (much more so than most of the other 32 bit FCs lately used mostly for racing drones) .

 

 

I haven't tested it myself with that kind of payload but there are people who've tried with 10kg -20kg and reported that it worked.

 

Here is a testimony from a user who designed a hexacopter with the Pixhawk FC lifting a 10Kg payload: https://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/huge-high-payload-hexacopter

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian
idata
Community Manager
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Hello Young,

 

 

Do you still require assistance with this issue?

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian
YPark6
Beginner
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Hi Octabian,

thanks for the link. yup, people make a big boy with Pixhawk. now... here is a second question. it seems like Pixhawk2 already have intel edison board inside.

now, how to make these to together... Intel Aero + Pixhawk2(intel edison)? maybe, I did not fully understand about Intel Aero. a bit confusing...

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Young,

 

 

I apologize for the confusion created.

 

The flight controller is NOT a PixHawk Flight controller

 

Information about the flight controller is not publicly available. A high level block diagram is included in the https://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/boardsandkits/aero/intel-aero-compute-boar... Aero Hardware Feature and Usage Guide

 

The flight controller is capable of running PX4 and ArduPilot like the PixHawk FC.

 

 

Regarding your second question: You will need to update the Pixhawk2 flight controller separately then use mavlink to communicate between the two.

 

There is a configuration file you need to update. The file is located at /etc/mavlink-router/main.conf. You will need to add the baud rate 57600 to the [UartEndpoint uart] section.

 

 

Also, I had to have a button connected to switch port and pressed it to switch modes in order to arm the motors. This may be a configuration on pixhawk2 but I am not an expert on Pixhawk FC.

 

 

You can find additional information on connecting the flight controllers on the wiki:

 

https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/93-%28References%29-Pixhawk-FC https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/93-(References)-Pixhawk-FC

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian

 

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Young,

 

 

Do you require any more assistance with this issue?

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian
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