Offboard gimbal control using MAVROS for object tracking

Jaeyoung Lim Controlling a gimbal for object tracking is one of the essential functionalities for flying camera applications. A mount plugin was implemented in mavros to enable continuous control of gimbals from the companion computer. The following video shows the gimbal controlled in order to look at a single ROI while following around a trajectory…

ROSPPM: ROS Package for Accessing RC Transmitters

Jaeyoung Lim Introduction RC Transmitters are used to control miniature cars and planes for a long time. Although the technology has evolved quite a long way, RC transmitters are still the most reliable way to gain control of a UAV for long distances. RC Transmitters are very simple to use and works in very long…

External Position Control of a Quadrotor Using USB2PPM

Jaeyoung Lim Overview A USB2PPM interface was developed which enables a PC to interact directly with the RC transmitter trainer port. External Position Control was successfully demonstrated to show that the computer can successfully control real-time applications using the USB2PPM controller. This can be used for sending simple data in long distances (~2km) in a…

Non-Symmetric Non-Planar Quadrotor

This project started out as an experiment. The idea was that standard flight controllers should be able to control non-planar shaped quadrotors as long as the control board is mounted near the center of gravity. I decided to try the idea out. The project addresses the symmteric / non-symmetric forms of non-planar motor layouts. Basic…

APM Quadcopter Autonomous Flight

I and my friend Jaeyoung tested GPS Autonomous flight mode of APM with two quadcopters which embed APM boards.

One embed APM 2.6 board and another embed Pixhawk board. Both uses ArduCopter firmware. A mission of Auto-flight is taking off from launch site – moving to waypoint – hovering for 2 minutes – returning to launch site.

Constant Yaw Rate Quadrotor

A new flight mode was implemented on to the modified Arducopter firmware that is capable of maintaining constant yaw rate while the quadrotor is able to be controlled by the pilot in respect to the inertial frame. Such a flight mode can be used in localization applications (SLAM) or imaging. Sensors that have a narrow…