SwiftAI Autopilot (module)

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Basic specifications

The Autopilot unit is based on the processor Atmel ATMega90 16 MHz with the hardware USB support for connection to PC and 2 MB of non-volatile memory to store calibration, Autopilot unit settings and logbook records.

  • Built-in stabilizers of +5В, +3.3V for power supply of the unit components
  • Protection against reverse polarity when all sensors and the power slot are connected
  • Power supply voltage: 6..15 V
  • Power consumption (including sensors) : <150mA
  • Size : 77х39х11 mm
  • Size (when the telemetry board is connected): 77х39х11 mm
  • Weight: 36 g

Autopilot unit inputs and outputs

  • 6  input PPM channels for connection to the RC receiver
  • 6 output PPM channels for connection to the servos
  • 2 input PPM channels for operating mode control of the Autopilot unit
  • MINI-USB connector for connection to PC
  • SPI port for connection to the telemetry unit
  • Video input and output connectors for the telemetry unit
  • Connectors for the horizon sensors
  • Connectors for the daughter units and sensors:
    • 3 logic inputs-outputs
    • 3 analog inputs
    • I2C-bus for connection to up to 127 devices
    • I2C-bus for connection to LRS receivers
    • USART output

Autopilot unit features

Autopilot unit is connected between the RC receiver and the executive devices. Depending on the current mode, the unit either transmits PPM input signals unchanged or itself derives output signals for the servos.

  • Automatic orientation support of the model, according to the horizon sensors
  • Model control in the ‘fly by wire’ mode
  • Independent model control (return to the launching point) in the Autopilot mode
  • Model control in the Cruise control mode
  • Waypoint flight
  • Recording of flight parameters to the logbook with non-volatile memory
  • Data exchange with PC, during adjustment of the autopilot unit and reading of the logbook
  • Firmware update for the autopilot unit and telemetry
  • Scanning of the telemetry unit sensors and data generation for telemetry unit to display.

Control Panel features

Control Panel is a software unit for PC, designed to enable data exchange between PC and the autopilot unit. 

  • Multi-language interface
  • User-friendly arrangement of the components
  • Reading, modification and saving of the autopilot unit operating parameters
  • Reading from a file and saving of settings to a file
  • Reading from the memory and saving of settings  to the autopilot unit memory
  • Firmware update for the autopilot unit and telemetry
  • Real time autopilot unit data monitoring when connected to USB:

The autopilot unit settings are made on PC using the Control Panel and are saved in the autopilot unit non-volatile memory. 

control-panel

Sensors and inputs parameters:

  • Compass calibration and parameters:
    • Compass calibration
    • Magnetic declination
    • RC channels calibration and parameters:
      • Channels ranges calibration
      • Control commands calibration
      • RC signal loss detection:
        • During PPM loss in channel – channel # (Х / any / not used)
        • During egress from calibrated range – channel # (Х / any / not used)
        • Calibration range expansion
  • Control channel calibration:
    • 5 positions:
      • Minimum
      • Below average
      • Average
      • Above average
      • Maximum
    • Choice of one of 5 commands for any position:
      • No command
      • Telemetric screens switching
      • Autopilot and stabilizing forced switch-off
      • Stabilizing switch-on
      • Autopilot forced switch-on
      • Software parameters:
        • Stabilizing system parameters:
          • Sensitivity for banking
          • Sensitivity for tangage
          • Preacting for banking
          • Preacting for tangage
  • Navigation system parameters:
    • Sensitivity for course
    • Sensitivity for height
    • Maximum allowed angles of banking and tangage
    • Maximum allowed backward turn velocity
    • GPS time-lag compensation
    • Target height (according to GPS or barosensor)
    • Mode of obtaining target height
    • Target gas level
    • Target velocity (according to GPS or barosensor)
    • Minimum gas level (protection from stalling)
    • Forced gas level (protection from wind deflection)
    • Time till gas forcing
    • Radius of gas forcing prohibition
  • Conditions of automatic Autopilot switch-on:
    • Loss of height on a distance
    • Height more than predetermined
    • Distance more than, value
    • Voltage 1 less than, value
    • Voltage 2 less than, value
    • Voltage 3 less than, value
    • Battery discharge more than, value
    • Flight time more than, value
    • RC signal loss
  • Conditions of Autopilot automatic switch-off:
    • Distance less than, value
    • Autopilot working time more than, value
    • RC signal return
  • Stabilized flight parameters
    • Tangage angle in outer positions of the stick
    • Banking angle in outer positions of the stick
    • Correction of horizon sensor position for tangage
  • Correction of horizon sensor position for banking
  • Log book parameters
    • Interval of data fixation in the log book
    • Advanced tuning
      • Gyroscopes control
        • Choice of gyroscope channel for banking
        • Choice of gyroscope channel for tangage
        • PPM1 value in the output of gyroscope channel for banking
        • PPM2 value in the output of gyroscope channel for banking
        • PPM1 value in the output of gyroscope channel for tangage
        • PPM2 value in the output of gyroscope channel for tangage
        • Telemetric module parameters
          • Depicting of parameters on the screen (4 independent screens), visual redactor:
            • Presence on screen, situation, font size, pictogram, presence of measurement units for the following parameters:
              • Quality/presence of RC signal
              • Flight time
              • Autopilot status bar
              • Velocity according to GPS 
              • Velocity scale according to GPS 
              • Height according to GPS 
              • Height scale according to GPS 
              • Velocity according to barosensor 
              • Velocity scale according to barosensor 
              • Height according to barosensor 
              • Height scale according to barosensor 
              • Course according to GPS 
              • Course according to compass 
              • Angle to starting point according to GPS 
              • Angle to starting point according to compass 
              • Artificial horizon
              • Distance from starting point
              • Amount of GPS satellites
              • GPS latitude/longitude
              • Temperature
              • Current
              • Battery discharge (value)
              • Battery discharge (indicator)
              • Voltage 1
              • Voltage 2
              • Voltage 3
              • Variometer according to GPS 
              • Variometer according to barosensor 
  • Current sensor calibration
  • Battery monitoring parameters:
    • Battery capacity
    • Use battery jar monitoring
  • Warnings on the telemetric screen (blinking):
    • Height less than predetermined
    • Distance from startpoint more than, value
    • Voltage 1 less than, value
    • Voltage 2 less than, value
    • Voltage 3 less than, value
    • Battery consumption more than, value
    • Flight time more than, value

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