Flying Robot Commander + PPRZLINK = Improved MultiMAV Management

For those of us that use Paparazzi to fly multiple MAVs, the current GCS does a great job of managing and presenting just the right amount of information for safe flight. That being said, there’s always room for new tools. It’s my pleasure to introduce the Flying Robot Commander, a PPRZLINK enabled web application for managing multiple MAVs.

The Flying Robot Commander(FRC) is a Flask/python based RESTful web application that integrates with Paparazzi UAV via PPRZLINK. That’s right, you can now write python code to access/extend Paparazzi UAV capabilities (NOTE: one of the main complaints about the current Paparazzi GCS is that it’s written in ocaml). In addition to python, PPRZLINK also provides C and ocaml libraries for those that need them.

For more details related to the Flying Robot Commander, PPRZLINK and Paparazzi UAV in general, see the following links:

Flying Robot Commander Github
PPRZLINK Github
Paparazzi Github
Paparazzi Wiki

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Introduction to the G0 GPS

Dear Paparazzians,

I made a new video describing the details of the G0 Paparazzi UAV GPS receiver module. In the video I go through and describe the several design decisions we made to ensure high Signal to Noise Ratio, good multi path GPS signal rejection and overall reliability of the GPS for use in airborne robotics applications.

I hope this video is helpful. If you think so too please let me know in the YouTube comments. If you enjoyed the video make sure to like it on YouTube and subscribe to the channel.

Check out the G0 paparazzi wiki page for more information about the GPS.

G0 is now available for purchase in the 1BitSquared store together with the Elle0 autopilot. It is available in both of our stores; the US Store and the German Store. So if you live in the European union, you can now buy Elle for your next UAV project without having to worry about customs and shipping time. :)

Cheers, and successful flights,
Esden and the 1BitSquared team

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Introduction to the Elle0 Autopilot

Dear Paparazzians,

I made a new video describing the details of the Elle0 Paparazzi UAV autopilot. Elle0 is now available for purchase in the 1BitSquared store together with the G0 companion GPS receiver. In the video I go through and describe every IO pin as well as some of the design differences to the Lisa/MX Autopilot. Additionally, I describe how you can add a battery voltage monitor to your Elle0 using a voltage divider circuit.

I hope this video is helpful. If you think so too please let me know in the YouTube comments. I am planning to make many more videos describing different aspects of Paparazzi UAV, not only hardware but also flight videos and Paparazzi software tutorials and tips. If you think it will be useful for you make sure to subscribe and tell me in the comments what you would like to see.

Also, check out the Elle0 paparazzi wiki page for more information about the autopilot itself and diagrams of the system. Additionally to the Elle0 and G0 boards we have also released a matching R0 radio board and UU0 UART to USB adapter boards. We will be making videos describing more parts of the modular system we are working on soon. Whereas the Elle0 and G0 are already in stock, the R0 & UU0 are available for Pre-Order in our US store.

Cheers, and successful flights,
Esden and the 1BitSquared team

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Paparazzi UAV on Pixhawk teaser

Hi all Open-Source enthusiasts,

Today we are happy to announce we’ll be adding an extra autopilot board to there long list of supported autopilots.

The Pixhawk autopilot board will be integrated in our next software release! The video shows the first flight with Paparazzi UAV on a Pixhawk, more videos will follow.

Why choose Paparazzi UAV?

If you are looking for an advanced, modular open-source autopilot which has features others can only dream of, you choose Paparazzi UAV.

We make it possible for you to choose the best software for your needs, on the hardware platforms that are right for your project.

Wishing you successful flights,
The Paparazzi dev team

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1BitSquared launches German Store

1BitSquared has just launched their German online store. This is the first dedicated Paparazzi UAV hardware supplier in Europe.

With a store in Europe they can provide faster delivery times of Paparazzi UAV hardware for all the European users and developers. Now you can purchase Lisa/M(X), Lisa/S, Elle0 autopilots and accessories for Paparazzi UAV within Europe without having to pick up your order at your customs office. We hope this will make the entry into Paparazzi and working with the system easier, knowing that you can get new parts and hardware faster from a local supplier.

Check out the 1BitSquared DE store, if you have any questions or suggestions let us know in the Paparazzi UAV Gitter channel, esden is always there to answer your questions regarding the 1BitSquared products and online store. You can also reach 1BitSquared through their contact form, and the 1BitSquared Gitter Discuss channel.

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Wiki Front Page Update

With the coming of the new year we decided it was time for a refresh of the appearance of the Wiki front page. Stripping away its colorful design and removing the boxes around text we thought it would help make the information cleaner and easier to read. We have added new icons to help clarify how you can best connect with the community and where to find what you need.

We hope people like the new look of the Wiki and find navigating it to be an easier experience, as always new contributions are welcome. Happy flying everyone!

If you don’t remember how it looked before, here is a picture;

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Paparazzi UAV at 32C3 Recap

IMG_3320Here is a short review of our Paparazzi UAV meet up at the 32C3.

For those of you who have never heard of the Chaos Communication Congress, it is a hacker conference that takes place every year between Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Germany. For many years it was held in Berlin, but with the increased attendance a larger venue was needed, it is now being held in Hamburg, Germany.

Most people arrive in Hamburg on the 26th of December for day 0 of the conference. We met our assembly in the large Hackcenter hall. EZ who helped organize lodging for a lot of us also found and reserved tables for us. Usually it was the CCC organizers who were reserving the tables for the so called Assemblies. This time they did not do that for any Assembly with less than a 100 members. This shows how big the event is getting.

IMG_3346During the conference we spent a lot of time talking about the future of the Paparazzi project, and making plans for how we can improve things. We had quite a busy table with 30 Paparazzians and friends. People were assembling their airframes and flying them for the medias amusement. We were interviewed by ARTE, the French German culture TV station and a few other media outlets. We are not sure when and where our footage will air, but we will post it here when it does. If you see it on TV, please let us know. :)

As always Felix (our tireless maintainer) was very busy merging and improving the Paparazzi UAV codebase. One of the more exciting developments is the improved python ivy bindings. Making the implementation of ground agents in python easier. Additionally, stay tuned for some awesome announcements from Hooperfly who organized his own CCC hackathon in Portland, OR as he could not make it to the real thing.

We also met a lot of old friends, from projects like Sigrok and UAVP-NG. As well as making new connections to projects like Yosys and IceStorm. Formally verified FPGA based autopilots anyone?  :)

As always, an event like this is incredibly inspiring and productive. We hope you will join us next year to be part of the event.

We will keep you posted if there are any other events where you can meet other Paparazzians. And also let us know if you know of any Paparazzi related events or meetups worth mentioning here, just drop us an email at: press at paparazziuav.org

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G0 GPS Module

IMG_2974Just in time for the new year 1BitSquared releases a new GPS module named G0. It is designed to neatly fit on top of the Paparazzi UAV Elle0 Autopilot, that they released just a few weeks ago.

G0 features the UBlox Max-7Q chipset, a large ground plane and EMI shielding. Due to the large ground plane and optional side flaps it has good multipath and EMI rejection characteristics, making it a great device to be used on fully autonomous systems that need high precision and reliable GPS reception.

For more information visit the 1BitSquared G0 pre-order page.

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Paparazzi V5.8 release

Penguin_logoMerry Christmas dear Paparazzians!

We are happy to announce the release of Paparazzi; v5.8, providing you with lots of new features and improvements!

Just to pick out a few:

  • ADS-B support
  • improved use of optic flow for velocity estimation
  • improved mavlink support
  • possibility to reduce RAM and Flash usage by compressing the sine table
  • this allowed us to add basic support for naze32, CC3D and CJMCU boards
  • flip mode for multicopters
  • INDI guidance loop
  • lots of improvements/additions for computer vision modules
  • high speed logging to SD Card via SPI
  • improve support for Bebop and add Bebop2
  • guided mode for rotorcrafts

For a detailed overview refer to the CHANGELOG. :)

If you are already using paparazzi with Git, to enjoy all improvements you can switch to this new version via:
git remote update && git checkout v5.8

If you are new to Paparazzi and want to join in flying with it, you can you can simply download a tarball or get the source code via:

git clone https://github.com/paparazzi/paparazzi.git -b v5.8

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Lisa/S Nano Quadcopter featured on sUAS News

LadyLisa_Assembled_Kit_5_adjusted_1024x1024In the light of the recent FAA registration limits, the great guys at sUAS News wrote an article featuring the Paparazzi UAV powered Lisa/S nano Quadcopter. This platform was developed by 1BitSquared in collaboration with the TU-Delft MAV lab team, provides all the autonomous capabilities while being way below the FAA regulated limits for registration. The Lisa/S nano Quadcopter weighs only 39g while the FAA requires all aircraft above 250g to be registred.

Check out their article for more information.

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