Someone else has a working NetMF Quadcopter

So according to cuno and co NetMF is a viable processing platform for a quadcopter. I was worried about the GC and it looks like as long as I’m really careful about allocating memory (strings, buffers etc.) I should be okay. It will be like writing code for embedded micro controllers (V25 & HC11) in C not long after I left university,

Have also been reading up about proportional-integral-derivative controllers (PID controller) here and building a basic C# implementation.

Next step some PWM code for interfacing to my Turnigy Multistar 10 Amp ESCs. I wonder if my larger scale quadcopter will cause any issues?

2 thoughts on “Someone else has a working NetMF Quadcopter

  1. When I first saw your post, I thought maybe Raffaello and his team are using the PID algorithm to control their quadcopters in this video (http://www.ted.com/talks/raffaello_d_andrea_the_astounding_athletic_power_of_quadcopters.html). But after a little digging (http://www.flyingmachinearena.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/fma-publications/Aggressive%20ManeuversIterativeLearningControl.pdf), it looks like they are using ILC: Iterative Learning Control? I haven’t explored the differences yet, but they look like they have similar aims. Definitely useful algorithms in the future of autonomous robots.

    • The video is quite impressive, my nano quad isn’t anywhere near as stable and is quite sensitive to mechanical issues like propeller damage from crashes.

      My trial C# code for the NetMF quad was “inspired” by the code for my Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter. Some of the C idioms used didn’t work well in C#.

      For another project I’m doing a basic PID implementation for heading control with compass & robotas a teaching/learning exercise.

      I will have a look at the pdf over the weekend.

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