AQ6 – What Else You Will Need
FTDI / USB2Serial
The AutoQuad flight controller does not contain a USB interface. For uploading the firmware an on-board serial interface is available that can be connected to a number of FDTI or USB2Serial adapters.
We recommend the combined AutoQuad/MultiWii USB UART adapter:
The AutoQuad MCU (STM32F407 cortex M4) ports must not be provided with voltages above 3.3v. Although some ports are 5V tolerant, best is to use an FTDI or USB2Serial where the signals are on a 3.3V level.
Below is a list of known FTDI / USB2Serial adapters that are used by the development team. You only need one of them – we recommend the cable.
Settings for the connection: 115.200, N81 and “flow control” activated
For flashing and setup you only need GND, Rx and Tx connected – flow control disabled.
Please have a look at our Wiki.
|Flyduino FTDI (recommended or included)
|Sparkfun FTDI basic 3.3V
Make sure to disconnect the DTR signal
|FTDI – TTL-232R-3V3 – CABLE, USB TO TTL LEVEL, SERIAL CONVERTER
No need to disable the DTR line
Some FTDI adapters will keep the DTR signal low and prevent the AutoQuad from communicating with the ground control station. In that case disconnect the DTR pin. Please read the instructions in our Wiki
Micro SD card
The AutoQuad flight controller contains a microSD card slot.
The microSD card is vital for the AutoQuad, it is needed during the static and dynamic calibration sequence, it can store the calculated parameters (and thus a specific frame configuration), it can datalog all variables during flight and a future enhancement could be creating and storing waypoint information.
AutoQuad is very critical with the SD card performance, the firmware will offload every 10 seconds and based on the data an class 4 or 6 should be sufficient.
That is however not the case, the AQ team has tested a large number of class 4, 6 and 10 cards and only very specific class 10 cards are working.
Errors to expect on lower end class 10 cards;
- not initializing at all
- SDIO errors during logging in the telemetry data console
- sequence errors during calibration logging.
The latter is very important, a sequence error should not be in the calibration file, it will disturb the final calculations.
A (very) short list of known (successfully tested) class 10 microSD cards. Some users reported problems with cards above 8GB capacity. So atm. we recommend to only use microSD cards with a size up to 8GB!
|PNY Micro SDHC class 10
|Measured speed test : 10.9MB/s writing raw data 5Mb chunks
|Samsung 8GB Class 10
|Reported as good by team members
|Transcend 4 or 8GB class 10
|Most users get good results with these
|SanDisk Extreme Plus UHS-1
|Best option atm for fast and flawless writing
A minute of data logging will record around 4MB.
A piece of Open Cell foam is needed to cover the baro/pressure sensor from light and wind. Make sure it’s not too dense so the baro still can “breathe”.
Some users reported problems when powering their receivers, servos or video equipment through the AQ FC.
That’s why we recommend using an independent power source for these units. Several shops offer cheap 5/6V UBEC with noise reduction. You can order one here.
See the dedicated page for RC system options.
GPS Antenna & Shield
You will need an active GPS antenna, best are 35mm ceramic antennas by Taoglas or similar. For a better shielding of your sensors and an extra ground plane you can use a shield like this. It can easily be mounted above the FC on standoffs in a 45x45mm pattern. More information on this page.
You can order the AQ GPS shield at Flyduino or Viacopter