Monday, July 11, 2016

DT-180 Racing Drone - Diatone 180mm Full Setup & Mods

Ok, so the DT-180 flies. Now, let's see what I can do with it. This post will update for a while.

I did a partial de-Pinning of FrSky_X4R-SB so that it will fit behind camera (and partially under Naze32-FC).

Cut last 2 pins down flush like the others. I will never need CH-2/CH-3 anyway. Leave the 6-pins for SBus & CH-1.

Needs one more thin coat of Liquid-Tape, for 2 total.

Install between beeper and PWM-cable.

PWM cable is just barely long enough.

Not really needed, but how about a small piece of black-tape for one more piece of insurance. I didn't know, but it turns-out that 99% of the bottom of this Naze32 PCB is smooth and void of components. That really helps make this mod possible. If you loose the threads on a stand-off, try some Teflon-tape.

X4R-SB got to keep its protective outer case. Its still a bit loose in space and not crushed. Wire and antenna management is key due to close props.

Naze32 is still level and securely hard-mounted with black nylon screws like before.

Nothing shorting-out.
Arms, spins-motors, RSSI is good.
Test flight successful. (Updated 7-15-2016)

- Battery got a bit hot.

CleanFlight Steps edited for this simple flight of this version of Naze32 FC and FrSky X4R-SB (via SBus):

Setup with CleanFlight Configurator v1.2.2
Identified Board:AFNA Version:2
Using NAZE firmware CLFL v1.12.1 (4-10-2016) Stable
  • Calibrate Accelerometer
    • Let sit still on level surface
    • Save your config if you want (I do this often as I make changes and progress)

  • Ports

    • UART-1
      • Data = MSP/11520 (never change this)
    • UART-2
      • RX = Serial RX

  • Configuration

    • Mixer = Quad-X
    • Receiver Mode = RX_Serial (SBus)
    • Serial Receiver Provider = SBus
    • ESC & Motor Features
      • Motor_Stop & Dis-Arm Motors (5 secs)
      • Throttle numbers are Min=1150, Middle=1500, Max=1850, Min_Cmd=1000
        • Some of these might need adjustment, but theses do work/fly.
    • System Configuration
      • Loop Time = 2000
    • Other Features

  • Receiver

    • Select Option for JR/Spektrum
      • That will give you TAER1234 (Throttle, Aileron, Elevator, Rudder, Aux1-4)
      • By now your radio TX/RX set should be Bound and working. Turn on Taranis, and see it respond in CleanFlight. If paired TX/RX radio-set are both on and bound together, the Naze32-FC should not be beeping. X4R-SB green-led should also be lit.

  • Modes

    • Setup some modes ... like Angle flight-mode (Auto-Level) on your main switch. (video)

  • Sensors

    • Move and manipulate the Blade quad and watch sensors respond.

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