I have been working on UAV/Autopilot project using the Panda for a few weeks now. I’m phasing features in one step at a time and it’s almost ready for its first flight so I thought it was a good time to show progress.
Phase 1 is about getting the hardware in the air and providing information in flight. Working features are GPS interface, on-screen display, showing basic telemetry: distance/heading to home, altitude, groundspeed, battery voltage and position.
Phase 1.5: pass-through radio PWM signals
Phase 2: add gyro stabilization
Phase 3: basic autopilot: heading hold
Phase 4: advanced autopilot: waypoints, position hold, return to home
Other features I don’t know if I’ll do yet or where to phase in: battery capacity monitoring, camera control (aim at specfic groundpoint), landing assist.
Here’s the plane ready to have the electronics mounted.
The chassis has flown before but this will be the first flight for the electronics.