Open Source Multicopter Controllers

If you search for the latest in affordable flight controllers, there is no way around the community projects. As an open-source project, all source code and hardware plans are freely available for anyone to produce, use, modify, and redistribute in accordance with the GNU GPL License Agreement, which requires only that the open-source nature of the project must be maintained by all who redistribute it. These are the products that will take over the DIY multicopter market for sure.

Today I received the Open Pilot CC board, which is the first commercially availible board from the Open Pilot team. I had the software installed allready, and after hooking up the board everything came to life without a single problem.

The CopterControl platform has been designed to perform the following functions:

  • a MultiRotor controller with auto-level, including TriCopters, QuadCopters and HexaCopters
  • a Flybarless Helicopter controller with auto-level
  • a Fixed Wing UAV controller

The CopterControl hardware has the following features:

  • Powerful STM32 32-bit microcontroller running at 90MIPs with 128KB Flash and 20KB RAM
  • 3-axis high-performance MEMs gyros and 3-axis high-performance MEMs accelerometer
  • Tiny 36mmx36mm 4 layer PCB for superior electrical noise reduction and flight performance.
  • Software support for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Direct high speed USB support with no drivers required, a truly plug and play device.
  • Spektrum satellite receiver support
  • Futaba S-BUS hardware support
  • Innovative Flexi-port technology for superior port flexibility
  • 4Mbits on-board EEPROM for configuration storage

A detailed review will follow when the mikro Y6 is ready. This looks very promising!