The Next Generation OS Multicopter Project
|Weblink for assembly||http://ng.uavp.ch|
|Description:||This is a community-driven open source project to build a modern autonomously flying Multicopter.|
|Parts of assembly||Amir, BenG, Christi, Fxkr, Jeroen, Qualitybit, Spida, Toxios|
|Things we bring||UAVP-NG Hardware, UAVP-NG Copters, UAVP-NG Museum, Laptops, Banner, Flag, solder irons|
|Planning notes||We will try to give short introductions to the given topics.|
This is a community-driven open source project to build a modern autonomously flying Multicopter.
- Project Home: http://ng.uavp.ch
- Software License: GPLv3 (released on the 29 december of 2010)
- Hardware License: CC-BY-NC-SA
- 29c3 Contact Email:
- Congress 2012 <congress2012 (at) ng.uavp.ch>
- Project Head:
- Amir Guindehi <amir (at) datacore.ch>
- Head Developers:
- Head Developers <headdevs (at) dev.uavp.ch>
- IRC Channel:
- 29c3 Contact Email:
The acronym U.A.V.P. stands for Universal Aerial Video Platform.
UAVP is a flying object, ideally suited for making aerial videos and photos (aerial photography), but also suits fun flying a lot, no matter whether indoors or outdoors.
The project uses mainly standard RC model components, so it is basically a model aircraft. The layout of the UAVP project is quite variable, there are virtually no limits in size and lifting weights. Since UAVPs use high quality gyros to allow for stable flight, it is much easier to pilot than model helicopters.
This was in summer 2007, the original UAVP was out for half a year and all over the world UAVPs started to get built. The Mikrokopter was quite new then and the community was able to build Mikrokopters (MKs) for 3 months, but the real MK boom had yet to happen...
At that time, many of us started dreaming of bigger and more powerful processors, peripherials and sensors. The current projects seemed not to be able to scale according to our needs, so the idea of something new was born.
In April 2008, about a year later, there were about 500 UAVPs airborne around the world!
Having flown both of these other open projects some of us decided that they do not offer the resources we would like to have on our copters. Especially when looking into the future it seemed that none of them have the scaling possibilities needed. Studying the available processors we realized that we need to switch processor types to get the computing power we dreamed of. Neither PIC nor Atmel could provide what we needed.
In the end we decided to go for an ARM7 and started the Next Generation Quadcopter Project.
Its goal: The development of a free Open Source Quadcopter software and hardware framework for further research based on a high performance 32bit ARM7 RISC CPU.
The Modern History
The HW-0.10 is airborne since the january 2008! The system has been flown and the software has been extended with a lot of new features since then.
A new hardware revision 0.20 has been worked on over summer 2008 and the first prototypes were produced some weeks before 25C3. The new hardware was airborne in december 2008. After 25C3 we improved the flight control software a lot and started work on the peripherial controllers of the new hardware.
In summer 2009 we started work on the next hardware revision 0.21. We finished work in june 2009 and produced enough boards for all beta testers and developers. The hardware was airborne in august 2009.
Discovering small problems and print issues we decided to produce another hardware revision 0.22 fixing those. We did small changes in the print and design and incoperated them into HW-0.22.
HW-0.22 was produced in bigger quantity in preparation of the first public release. At the 26C3 we did a first public hardware release of HW-0.22. The HW-0.22 PCB are now available in our non-profit Shop.
The source code was publically released under a GPLv3 license at 27C3 and a new, smaller hardware called HW-0.22-mini was developed and went through 3 revision cycles (r1, r2, r3) during summer 2011. Later on we produced HW-0.22-mini-r3 in bigger quantities and released it to the public in Q3 of 2011.
A new hardware revision called HW-0.23-mini was designed in late 2011, incorporating a new combined 3D accelerometer and gyro in one sensor making room for a GPS sensor directly on the main flight control board. This version was produced and we succeeded in getting it airborne at the 28c3 congress in 2011. It was tested further in 2012 and our experiences with the board lead to the design of HW-0.24-mini which we hope to bringt with us to 29C3.
The Current State
On the 29C3 we plan to work on the new HW-0.24-mini and the needed software changes for it. It incoperates all fixes and changes to HW-0.23-mini which we discovered during summer 2012. The new hardware is already produced and we hope to get it airborne until 29C3.
Also we plan to further develop HW-0.30, which is currently in it's design phase and will feature two new CPUs - one for work and one for pleasure ;) - both with floating point support combined with a dual-port RAM for fast direct memory communication, mind-boggling speed and more room for future extensions, like a new (and faster) bus-system and redundancy for big (i.e. expensive) copters.
Besides our new hardware revisions, some developers are currently working on new brushless-controllers called NGblc-4mini. We already produced revisions r0 and r1 of the boards and they work as expected. We will do small changes in the print and a footprint fix and expect to have NGblc-4mini-r2 ready for 29C3.
Some of our developers constructed a light controller called NGlight which provides 4x 3 PWM channels for RGB LED control via I2C.
We're looking forward to discuss, improve upon and show prototypes of them on 29C3.
The initiators of the NG project had a free and open project in mind. The boards have beeen made available to the public and the software was released soon afterwards. We have become an international team from all over the world.
We hope to be able to provide a platform for new ideas and new research on the Quadcopter topic. The firmware is built modular and allows different closed-loop control algorithms at the same time to allow different developers to share and compare their algorithms and designs.
We implemented an abstract closed-loop controller framework, which will allow non-programmers like mathematicians, closed-loop engineers and similar minded folks to implement new closed-loop control algorithms without having to understand more than input and output structures of their algorithms!
The Source Code Release
After 3.5 years of development time, we finally released the source code of our project in december 2010 at 27C3 under a GPLv3 license! More informations on our licenses is available here.
Developer Meeting at 29c3
The following developers will show up for sure:
|Spida||Developer||26.12-31.12||will bring HW-0.22 copter||4217|
|trh||Developer||26.12-30.12||will bring HW-0.24-r0, ngblc-mini-r1 and HW-0.22-mini-r1||?|
|DracosCarazza||Developer||27.12-31.12||will bring HW-0.22-mini-r1 copter, NGLight and compass boards for the HMC5883L|
|Amir||Head-Developer||26.12-31.12||will bring HW-0.22-mini-r1 and HW-0.23-mini-r0 copters fully GPS ready, HW-0.24-mini-r0 final, NGlight||2468|
|Jeroen||Developer||27.12-30.12||will bring HW-0.22-mini-r3 hexa-copter||5556|
|Falstaff||Developer||?||will bring HW-0.23-mini-r0||?|
|Ben||Head-Developer||26.12-30.12||will bring HW-0.22-mini-r3, HW-0.23-mini-r0, HW-0.24-mini-r0 prototype||2827|
|Toxios||Head-Developer||26.12-30.12||will bring HW0.24-mini-r0, Oszi, solder iron, a lot of stuff for working on hardware||6332|
|Axel||Developer||26.12-30.12||will bring sun, fun and a happy face ;)||?|
|Zerosight||Pilot||27.12-30.12||will show nasty flying skills for food||?|
|M00nMan||Developer||26.12-30.12||will bring filters and models ;)||?|
|Christi||Developer||27.12-30.12||will bring HW-0.24-mini-r0 with ngblc-4mini-r0||?|
|Dark River||Beta Tester||27.12-30.12||will bring HW-0.22-mini-r1 copter||?|
Events at the Congress
The following events will take place during different times at the 29c3:
- NG Workshops
- NG Live Development (the whole time)
- NG Developer Meeting
- NG Roadmap Diskussion
- NG Night Flights
- NG Limbo Flights
- NG GPS PH Demo (outside)
Since most of us will bring one or more of their Copters with them, we will have quite some hardware of different hardware revisions to show.