ArduCopter Traditional Helicopter
Building upon the great work produced by the team creating the multicopter program, ArduCopter has been extended to support Traditional Helicopters.
If you want to find other people working on traditional helicopters, the best place to go is the helicopter forum located here.
News (Updated 26-Feb-2013)
- With the release of 2.9.1, Arducopter brings exciting performance to the TradHeli platform. For the first time, it brings direct rate-based control operating within the stabilization control system. This allows sharper rate control, while also allowing softer positional control if desired.
- Internal tail rotor control is well-proven, and is the preferred method of yaw control due to simplicity of setup. External gyro interface likely to be deprecated in the near future.
- Arducopter is now capable of driving a governor equipped ESC via Ch-8. This is now the recommended method to control the ESC, as going forward it will enable further improvements to flight performance, particularly the auto modes.
- Full mission scripting is working, with the exception that manual take-off and landings should be performed. RTL should be set to hold altitude at 2+ meters until manual control is regained.
- System is fully capable of flying both flybarred and flybarless rotor systems.
- New Altitude Hold algorithm is capable of controlling the altitude of the heli to within +/-10cm while hovering in typical wind conditions, and +/-2m even while flying around. The system greatly reduces pilot workload even in extreme wind conditions.
- Arducopter now capable of rudimentary acrobatics in Acro mode, to include full rolls (but not flips!). However, this operation is not the intended use of the system. It is first and foremost a UAV controller.
Full Mission Demo
Altitude Hold Testing
Fast Forward Flight
Really Ugly Aerobatics
News (Updated 8-Dec-11)
- Native Arducopter tail rotor control has been proven to work, external gyro no longer required
- Some good progress on Loiter testing latest video from Randy is here.
- Michael Oborne has set-up the hardware-in-the-loop simulator for the heli using AeroSIM-RC! Details are on this wiki page.
- APMissionPlanner is dispensing Ver 2.0.50Beta of the code which includes a couple of recent fixes:
- Pilot's collective pitch input is scaled to match the heli's collective pitch limits. This should give better manual altitude control and fixes issue #246.
- Added ability to easy send transmitter's channel 6 (gain knob) to external gyro's gain without having to mess around with wiring. Details of how to do it are on this wiki page. This resolves issue 259.
- APM Mounting plates can now be found in the DIYDrones store.