Gluonpilot is an open source effort to create an affordable, easy-to-use and easy-to-adapt autopilot. It's an all-in-one IMU-based module, which means that you only need 1 PCB board!
Interesting in joining the development (or testing)? Drop me a line!
- Relative coordinates stay relative. At GPS lock, the module will send it's home coordinate to the groundstation. This means relative coordinates are no longer being translated to absolute ones!
- Bug fix that caused the telemetry in the GCS to stall
- Added a status bar
- Moved around the tab pages in gluonconfig in order of importance
- Fixed telemetry download speed
- Autosync feature fixed
- Move marker bug fixed
There appears to be an issue with the firmware upgrade tool. This is fixed in GluonCS 0.10 Beta 3, where the bootloader programmer has been updated to the latest version.
This version of GluonCS can be used together with firmware 0.10 beta 2!
See download section.
New release: version 0.10 BETA 2.
Google maps has a changed API so we needed an urgent update to support this! (Thanks for bringing this up Alex!)
Also added: smooth turns. The maximum roll rate is now limited to 45°/s. This means soft turns when going from waypoint to waypoint!
Download from the download section!
Dear fellow enthousiasts,
Version 0.10 Beta has just been released! You can download it from: https://code.google.com/p/gluonpilot/downloads/list
Please stick to the standard upgrade routine:
- Using the old version: Gluonconfig -> Advanced config -> Read and safe to file
- Upgrade the Gluon Control Station
- Upgrade the firmware
- Relead factory settings on the module and load your previously saved configuration
New features include:
- New navigation command "Arm trigger": "shake" your plane in autopilot mode in order to start the engine! Easy takeoff without remote control!
- Camera tool for easier tuning survey parameters. See Helpers -> Survey -> Camera
- Removed roll & pitch output on servo channel 5 & 6 so they become available from camera triggering
- Flight statistics screen on OSD (visible on landing - speed = 0)
- Detect invalid configuration on startup. Load default configuration in this case.
- Several fixes (PWM camera distance trigger)
- Aileron differential has been replaced with Pitch From Roll. The plane should pitch up to compensate the loss of lift when flying at a certain roll angle. Please check your configuration if you were using aileron differential. A value of 10% should be plenty.
- Minimum speed: We need more engine power when flying upwind to make sure we still keep some speed. In auto-throttle mode, the throttle will increase when ground speed drops below the cruise speed. On minimum, speed, the throttle will have reached its maximum. Make sure you properly configure "cruise speed" and "maximum speed" when using auto-throttle!!!
The GP2 is sold out, but already a new batch is being manufactured as we speak. Tested & Assembled units will be available again mid-June.
For those who can't wait or those who live in North-America: our distributor Jim will be very happy to supply you at GluonpilotUSA.
To celebrate the first day of really good weather here, we released stable version 0.9!
This is the first non-beta release for GP2, so all the owners of the new cutting-edge GP2 hardware are encouraged to upgrade. Owners of GP1 can also upgrade, but are encouraged to do rigorous ground testing because from this release on, the firmware won't be tested anymore on GP1 hardware. It should be compatible, it should work, but no guarantees!
Some changes compared to beta 2 you'll notice:
- New and improved OSD (videos to come later!), see gluonconfig for the options
- Smoother waypoint navigation
- New boot messages, looking cleaner
Another big step has been taken since v0.8. This stable release allows us to start working on a lot of new features. Planned changes are:
- Wind calculation on the module instead of on the GCS. This will allow us to do a lot of cool stuff:
- Wind information on the OSD
- Gain scheduling according to the airspeed: better navigation in winds
- Improve auto-throttle: minimum speed, maximum speed
- Disable OSD to save battery for those who don't use it
Have a neat idea? Let me know!
- Some people are having problems upgrading to the latest version with an older version of the GCS. If you are experiencing these issues (using a 0.9 beta x release), first upgrade to the latest GCS, and then upgrade the firmware.
- The best way to upgrade:
- Read configuration
- Save configuration to file
- Upgrade firmware
- Reset to factory setting + calibrate
- Load configuration from file
- Optionally re-calibrate