DIY PocketPilot - The Start

Rusty Thu, 05/17/2018 - 23:55

DIY PocketPilot - StartThe PocketPilot - DIY Build

So I finally decided what I am going to use the PocketBeagle for. A few of the Ardupilot developers have come up with a plan for using the PocketBeagle as a flight controller, the PocketPilot, and that is where I am going with this PocketBeagle. While the commercially available PocketPilot cape is still in beta testing, they have also outlined a DIY version of the board using inexpensive sensor break out boards and some prototyping perfboard. the soldering is not too difficult, just have to keep it neat.

One thing I want to point out, there is no hand holding for this build, if you are not comfortable researching and trouble shooting DIY builds, and if you are not comfortable reading schematics and building your own Ardupilot firmware, and not comfortable with Linux configurations, this may not be for you.

What parts are required for the DIY PocketPilot?

Well, besides a PocketBeagle, there are relatively few parts:

  • Small protoboard (perfboard), double sided.
  • MPU-9250 IMU Board
  • MS5611Baro board  BMP280 baro board
  • (2) 2x18 male pin headers
  • (2) 2x18 female pin headers (for the PocketBeagle board)
  • Some additional single row male headers for various connections to servos, RC receiver, GPS, etc...
  • (2) 1/4W or 1/8 W resistors, (1) 1K and (1) 2K , needed to make a voltage divider if your R/C receiver outputs more than 3V
  • USB Breakout board
  • Some small gauge multi colored wire
  • Miscellaneous supplies for soldering (will need a good fine tip iron for soldering on the PocketBeagle)

As can be sen in the picture, i have the 2x18 headers, USB breakout and some power wires installed for the sensor boards. Should have more cone in a few days, so check back in a few......