Ardupilot V2.5.1 vs. PiZero

Hello I have a PiZero and an ArduPilot and I want to know if I can use each components on separate projects or do I have to use both of them together? As you can probably tell I'm a noob to drone building and I'm trying to create my own intelligent Drone with a RoboCat Frame and Cover. Can Somebody Please explain to me the difference between these two components and some best practices for building this drone?   P.S. I'm trying to build a submarine drone as well  Cheers!

Topic by JasonT81 


80.000 nose dive autopiloted

Hi all, I'm planning to drop a glider from a weather balloon from about 80.000 feet. I want to let the airplane gain speed and then glide to the launching place or at least as close as possible to it. The idea is to do a nose dive (nose heavy) until enough speed is reached and slowly turn the airplane towards the launching site. Is this achievable with ardupilot software? I'm already sending a bunch of instruments like gyro, gps and magnetometer and I could use their readings on a Raspberry pi to run ardupilot , at least until video range is available to switch to manual. If possible I want to avoid buying the autopilot hardware 1. Any idea if this could be achievable the way I'm going about it? 2. Is this even legal? (I know it has been done already but I'm planning on doing this many times) Thank you in advance for any answer backed up by facts. 

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Why my quadcopter not fly?

I guys, my problem is that my quadcopter not fly, my setup is: - Motor: 4xNTM 28-26 1200kv 286w http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__17345__NTM_Prop_Drive_Series_28_26A_1200kv_286w.html - Propellers: 4xPropeller GWS 10x4.5 https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=31129 and https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=35243 - Esc: 40A https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=36686 - Frame: SK450 Glass Fiber https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=32537 - Battery: Turnigy nano-tech 4500mah https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewItem.asp?idProduct=36234 - Controller: Arducopter The total weight of this quadcopter is 1200g. I don't know why not fly, when I put the throttle to 2000 (max power), the copter is lifted a few centimeters(5 cm). can you help me? thanks  in advance :)

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Drone not turning on? Answered

I have an Ardupilot 2.6 from 3DRobotics on their quad frame. I am using their power distribution board now instead of using one that I made myself. Before I changed the power board, my drone was working perfectly. Now when I try to arm it (enable the motors) it does not work. The light on the APM 2.6 blinks red when disarmed and is solid red when armed. It only blinks when I try to arm it. I am using a Turnigy 9x transmitter with a turnigy RX. I have tried replacing the RX and it does the same thing. I have a separate battery pack for the receiver because it seemed like it was not getting enough power with the 3DRobotics power board. Could it be a problem with the transmitter?

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