Monday, July 4, 2016

PixRacer v1.0 Autopilot Xracer Flight Controller Mini-PX4 Wifi for FPV Racing RC Multirotor

I just ordered an inexpensive Chinese-clone PixRacer Flight-Controller to try-out. It says it also comes with the WiFi-module. I will add more to this post once I receive it.
http://www.banggood.com/Pixracer-Autopilot-Xracer-V1_0-Flight-Controller-Mini-PX4-Built-in-Wifi-For-FPV-Racing-RC-Multirotor-p-1056428.html?p=NR1603976533201412HJ
 
It arrived fast and as pictured (with WiFi daughter-board and SD-Memory-Card). It appears to be generally good build quality for a cloned FC from the outside (metal case, etc.).
 
From Windows MissionPlanner, I loaded: APM:Copter v3.4-rc5
On the PixRacer (BG clone) hardware, it's identified as:
APM:Copter v3.4-rc5 (0d9d101f)
Note: Due to a recent IMU hardware issue fix in code, this might be the first firmware version that is working 100% for this particular FC.
 
After firmware upgrade to this version, my PixRacer still Connects to MP and seems to operate normally for a benched FC with only an USB connection. Even in this minimal state, I went ahead and did some minimal Compass and Accelerometer calibrations. The PixRacer continues to operate properly in MissionPlanner's HUD.
 
I will try some more elaborate bench-test configs, and post about those test results later. My initial opinion is favorable.
 
 

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    1. It arrived fast and as pictured (with WiFi daughter-board and SD-Memory-Card). Appears to be good quality for a clone (ie. case is metal). I haven't had a chance to get it powered-up and workbench tested yet.

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    2. Updated my post with some test results.

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  2. And? How did it go? How was the drone in the air? What are You using as the rest of the drone? I am realy interested in finding as much different FC experiences as possible, because I am planning a project on my own. But, anyway, with the electronics aside, you realy first need to learn to fly with a smal cheap mini quad, and then try out some of the big boys :) In best case, a drone that you built yourself. Here is an article that helped me get familiar with some of the basics in drone piloting: http://mydronelab.com/blog/how-to-fly-a-quadcopter.html

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