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April 14, 2008

Autopilot RC Plane

at 5:29 am. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks, Toy Hacks

The Missouri S&T AESS UAV Team is working hard designing their autonomous RC Plane and by the looks of the latest test flight things are progressing nicely!

"Using HIL simulation allowed us to all to get a better of idea of what we had to do once we got out to the airfield. In the end performing the HIL simulation in the lab saved us a lot of time and allowed me to get more familiar with tuning the PID control loops for the autopilot. Previously we had not used the PID window in Virtual Cockpit, but after using it in the HIL simulation it proved to be invaluable for properly tuning the autopilot, it allows you to see the actual, desired, and effort of a certain control parameter (i.e. pitch, roll, yaw, altitude, etc.). Previously we had had issues seeing a change in the behavior from the ground after changing a certain PID gain. On the first flight soon after takeoff the aircraft became unstable and began to become uncontrollable and began oscillating wildly, fortunately our pilot Kyle was able to get it back on the ground without any damage. It turns out that our CG was too far aft, but after adjusting the CG we were able to continue with testing. Using the PID window and the having performed the same process of tuning the autopilot in HIL mode, the first few flights went quickly and we were able to quickly tune the level 1 control loops within two 15-minute flights."

Via: DIY Drones



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12 Responses to “Autopilot RC Plane”

  1. Alexander Says:

    Neat! Slap a camera in it, and start taking pictures!

  2. Mitch Says:

    Very nice, but like most UAV projects with a solid foundation, its closed source. =(

  3. Chris Krug Says:

    An acquaintance of mine, Bruce Simpson, tried a project like this but his was pulsejet powered, had a 200 mile range and could carry a 10 kilogram payload or something like that. When the authorities saw where this was all going he was in a world of….. well….. just search DIY cruise missile and see for yourself.

  4. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hey Chris,

    I can see the authorities getting concerned about that project!

  5. Rc Welt Jamara Spielen Says:


    How could that be this easy just to get the normal RC plane equipped with autopilot system

    nice job on this RC dude!
    you Rock!!!!

  6. RCLover Says:

    Wish I had autopilot for my plane. But then, I wouldn’t really learn how to fly it if I relied on my plane to get me out of trouble would I? 🙂

  7. okan Says:

    hello,i am a student at electronic engineering.we are going to build something very similar to this plane(autopilot and camera system).Is that possible for you to send some document to my mail(eratokan@hotmail.com) about this plane.

  8. Matt Says:

    Very nice mate. My issue is kinda the same as Okan’s but just want to fly a plane using auto pilot and taking pictures with my camera but filiming views etc. Can you also send me some documents and infomation to me about the plane and the software you used. Send it to mct15@btinternet.com Thanks

  9. Ben Clark Says:

    Nice auto pilot system
    Can the system be used on any plane?
    Can you switch between auto pilot and manual pilot?

    Answers to ‘benclark.btc@gmail.com’ please


  10. armin Says:

    Hi,this is very nice auto pilot.Can you send it to my E_mail?
    thanks a lot.

  11. Yudho Says:

    I have Cessna 182-4973, maybe this auto_pilot can operate on my plane???.
    Can you send me abaout this auto_pilot to my e-mail????

  12. Phillip Says:

    hey this is amazing could you send me info to my email please?

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