Friday, February 19, 2010

Manual Override

After getting the control signal to the servos it was time to read it back. In this case, reading and deciphering the channel reserved for airplane's landing gear (extreme low or extreme high - off or on) to use it as an manual override over what or who is controlling the plane:

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Successful test, lights on when I'm in control (signals passes from the receiver directly to servos) or lights off when it's flying on it's own (any signal from receiver is ignored in favor of control over the serial input).

Also the first time the whole set was powered on it's own on board power:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hardware Failure

One more thing to note, after so many "hard landings", might be reasonable to expect some mid flight hardware failures, not just on electronics but on the airframe as well:

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In this case, wing snapping in half mid flight:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It Wiggles

Evolution of the control board, now with wiggling servos:

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One controlled with a slider, one with the orientometer. LED's a just for show!

Monday, February 01, 2010

It Blinks

The control board can now recognize between different values and act (blink) accordingly:

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Just remember, in math the first one is in the first place but in the real world the first one is in the place with 0 offset from the beginning.

Winter Scenery

Was able to fly in to a cloud, can you spot them out?