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PHaas
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Sensors questions

I was wondering what compass is the dominant compass being used. Is it the compass that is in the GPS or is it the compass in the flight controller? Do you have any tips on checking the health of the sensors?

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idata
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Hello Phillip,

 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Intel Aero drone.

 

Your request has been received and is currently being investigated.

 

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

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Octavian
idata
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Hello Phillip,

 

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

 

The Intel Aero drone only has one compass located in the GPS module. If you are referring to something else can you please clarify?

 

 

Regarding your second question, the left submenu in QGroundControl should have a "sensors" section. You can check the "sensors setup" portion where a color will indicate the health of each sensor.

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

Regards,

 

Octavian
PHaas
New Contributor I
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Thank you for responding. One thing I'm confused about is if the compass in the GPS is the only compass, what are the BMM150 and the HMC5883L magnetometers that are on the compute board and flight controller used for?

Also I just got a new gps/compass unit and the drone is not auto detecting it. Is there something I need to do to make it detect it?

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Phillip,

 

 

Thank you for your reply.

 

 

The HMC5883L sensor located on the flight controller is being used to calculate flight behaviour.

 

 

The BMM150 sensor located on the compute board is reserved for development purposes.

 

You can find a guide here with more information where it also tells you how to connect to the BMM150 sensor if you wish to: https://github.com/intel-aero/meta-intel-aero/wiki/94-(References)-Sensors-GPIOs-LEDs-CAN-bus# command-to-access-the-magnetometer-sensor

 

 

Regarding your last question, I don't believe any gps module you purchase is going to work with the aero. What module have you purchased? You can find separate gps modules for the Aero on our spare parts site: https://click.intel.com/intel-aero-drone-spare-parts.html

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian
PHaas
New Contributor I
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That's the one I bought. They are sending me a replacement module. Is there any way of testing the port the compass is plugged into just in case it's an issue with the connector PCB and not the compass?

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Phillip,

 

 

I would recommend for you to wait for the replacement to arrive and check if it works.

 

If you want to test the PCB though, there several methods of troubleshooting you could try.

 

You can also try to test it with a multimeter to check the voltage.

 

 

You can find some useful information on PCB troubleshooting here: https://www.electricaltechnology.org/2015/04/how-to-test-fix-the-printed-circuit-board-pcb-defects.h...

 

https://www.lifewire.com/pcb-troubleshooting-techniques-818958

 

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian

 

idata
Community Manager
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Hello Phillip,

 

 

Do you require any more assistance with this issue?

 

 

Regards,

 

Octavian
PHaas
New Contributor I
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Not for now, thank you

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