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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Multi-UAV flights for simultaneous meteorological measurements

ENAC UAV Lab team and Meteo-France (CNRS-GAME and ENM) teams have spent several days at the Atmospheric Research Center of Lannemezan (in the south of France) in order to perform experiments for simultaneous meteorological measurements through multi-UAV flight.

This was part of a research project called VOLTIGE aimed at studying the formation of cloud and fog events. One of the planes is measuring the turbulence near the ground, a second plane is flying above the cloud or the fog with a radiation sensor and the last one is making a vertical profile of temperature, pressure and humidity up to 1500 meters AGL.GCS screenshot multi-uav

All the planes were controlled by Paparazzi UAV Apogee boards, with on-board logging on SD cards and navigation patterns triggered by sensors readings.

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Elle0 Autopilot

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1BitSquared
has released Elle0, a new Paparazzi UAV autopilot. Elle0 is the lowest cost autopilot developed specifically for use with the Paparazzi UAV framework. It was inspired by the Lisa/MX and Apogee autopilots and has been stripped down to the most essential features while preserving the flexibility that Paparazzi autopilots are famous for.

Here are some of the specs:

  • STM32F4 168MHz ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller with FPU
    • 1 Mbyte of Flash memory
    • 192+4 Kbytes of SRAM including 64-Kbyte of CCM (core coupled memory) data RAM
    • Cryptographic acceleration: hardware acceleration for AES 128, 192, 256, Triple DES, HASH (MD5, SHA-1), and HMAC
    • True random number generator
  • 3 axis gyroscope (connected over SPI for high speed sampling and low latency)
  • 3 axis accelerometer (connected over SPI for high speed sampling and low latency)
  • 3 axis magnetometer (connected over SPI for high speed sampling and low latency)
  • barometer (connected over dedicated SPI for low noise operation and low latency)
  • 1 I2C auxilary sensor connection
  • 2 TTL level serial ports for telemetry radio and GPS
  • 2 serial input interfaces for remote control receivers (using Spektrum compatible JST connectors)
  • 1 USB port for easy firmware upgrade
  • 8 PWM outputs/inputs for servos or legacy PPM RC receivers
  • 2 Analog inputs for system battery voltage and current measurement
  • CAN TX and RX lines are accessible

Elle0-LisaMX-angle-watermark_1024x1024Mechanically Elle0 is designed around the 30.5mm M3 hole pattern, popularized by the Nano Quad community. But Elle0 can be used on more than just Nano Quads, it has everything on board to control anything from a small Quad through a big Octocopter to Airplanes or Helicopters. For an autonomous UAV you just need to add a GPS, Telemetry radio and maybe RC receivers. 😉

Apropos RC receivers, Elle0 provides two Spektrum Satellite compatible connectors. You don’t have to crimp special wires to connect your Spektrum Diversity setup to your autopilot anymore!

For more information check out our Wiki Page. 1BitSquared is offering Elle0 for Pre-Order in their store. Elle0 will start shipping early 2016.

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Parrot Bebop 2 Support

screen-shot-2015-11-17-at-2-44-14-pm-pngParrot has released their new Bebop 2 camera quadcopter. Paparazzi UAV already has support for that new platform.

screen-shot-2015-11-17-at-2-43-39-pm-png Thanks to the great work of the TU-Delft MavLab team and especially Freek van Tienen it is possible to replace the stock functionality of the Parrot Bebop 2 with Paparazzi UAV.

This change gives the platform a lot of autonomous flight enhancements like dynamic flight plans, as well as improved stabilization algorithms like the INDI controller.

We hope you will enjoy converting your  screen-shot-2015-11-17-at-2-43-16-pm-pngBebop 2 into a serious robotic aircraft. 🙂

For more information you can refer to our Bebop wiki page.

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BACCHUS Meteorological Project

BACCHUS Research GroupResearchers from the GMEI/MNPCA have recently returned from a one month field measurement campaign at the weather
station of Mace Head in Ireland.
Their report was very positive with more than forty scientific flights, up to 3350m above sea level, some of them synchronized with a
meteorological satellite overpass, for the study of interactions between clouds and aerosols.
Several unmanned aircraft, equipped with the Paparazzi UAV
systems, have been used, carrying meteorological, aerosol, cloud and 3D wind sensors.
A bungee was used for taking-off, while a big net was needed in
order to recover the planes, since the ground was not suitable for traditional landings.
This campaign was part of the BACCHUS project (Impact of
Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding).

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Multi MAV Autonomous Flight

Rich Burton of Hooperfly made a video showcasing the flexibility and accuracy of the PaparazziUAV system running on the
1BitSquared Lisa/MX autopilot.

Using Paparazzi’s flight plan software to dictate a pattern of waypoints for three of his TeensyFly MAV’s to take off autonomously, hover, fly a rectangular pattern, hover and land. All the flight plan blocks are triggered in unison with a custom papget xml config file. The unison nature of their flight is quite beautiful to behold.

And a behind the scenes clip of a flying robot getting a little help from a friend.  🙂

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IMAV 2015 Competition

This year‘s International Micro Air Vehicles Conference and Flight Competition (IMAV 2015) is organized by the Institute of Flight Screen Shot 2015-10-24 at 1.57.42 AM
System Dynamics of the RWTH Aachen University and the
German Institute of Navigation. It takes place in Aachen, Germany from September 15 – 18, 2015. If you are in the area, you should check out the event.

IMAV is a yearly event that combines a diversified scientific conference with a technological competition involving Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs). Such a combination allows research groups from all over the world to share their knowledge, and stimulates them to focus on research that can be used in real life scenarios. Every year the competition scenarios become more advanced and more extensive. However, competitors are given the opportunity to either do complete missions, or to focus on sub-elements of the mission scenario.

The 2015 competition will consist of both an outdoor and an indoor part. The focus is put on the following tasks: surveillance, recognition, logisitics, precise maneuvering in combination with endurance.

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Paparazzi V5.6 release

Penguin_logoThe Paparazzi Development Team is pleased to announce the release of a brand new version of Paparazzi; v5.6, providing you with lots of new features and improvements!

If you’re curious to know the specifics on what has been added and improved you can, go here for an overview.

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 v5.6

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 v5.6

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