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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] AR.Drone 2 magnetometer issues?

From: Ori Pessach
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] AR.Drone 2 magnetometer issues?
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:29:19 -0700

So, any ideas from anybody? I'm considering getting a new nav board, but they're not terribly cheap so I thought I'd try to figure out whether the one I have is broken, or whether they're all like that.



On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 7:14 PM, Ori Pessach <address@hidden> wrote:

I was wondering if someone who had some experience flying the AR.Drone 2 could tell me whether what I'm seeing is typical, or a sign of a possible hardware issue.

The magnetometer readings seem to be very erratic. I've seen a range of behaviors:

* Tracking the drone's direction perfectly.
* Showing a direction that's rotated 180 degrees
* Showing a direction that's rotated 90 degrees counterclockwise (???)
* Being JUST a little bit off, and then appearing to be perfectly fine after I took the drone and walked around in circles while holding it. 

So, what's going on? I've been seeing some serious navigation issues, and I'm wondering if the magnetometer can get out of calibration midflight, which might explain the erratic behavior I've been seeing: Taking off perfectly, holding position fine, and then navigating to the first waypoint and staying there without issues. Things after that can be pretty erratic, however, including going way off course on the way to the next waypoint, wobbling wildly back and forth, and sometimes trying to fly into the ground at high speed at a 45 degree angle. Which fails, because of immutable physical properties the ground happens to possess. 

I've calibrated the magnetometer, changed the values for the local magnetic field, and the fact that SOME things work, at least at first, would indicate that the drone should be able to fly fine - at least as far as I understand it. 

So... What now? 


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