Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Autonomous Flight with a Cheerson CX 20 Drone

Yes one can fly the Cheerson CX 20 Autonomously - (Over a Predetermined Course) quite easily, although you will never discover this from reading the owner's manual (credit RC Groups Dogdude). You don't need telemetry, all you need is a copy of Mission Planner in your computer. Then you can program any mission from a PC or laptop then download the mission data to your CX 20, via a USB cable, you would need to change what one of the mode switches in the mission planner software, probably change the Altitude hold mode (1-2) to Auto or indeed any of the others to Auto mode. Flying a pre-programmed mission is easy: Set up the modes so that one of the switch positions is "Auto" Use the planner to plot your mission, setting way-point types and altitudes etc.

Load the way-points onto the CX-20 via a USB cable Go to your launch point, arm the CX-20 as normal (it won't arm in Auto mode). Take off as normal, switch to Auto mode and watch her go. Make sure your last way-point is near where you want to land, you can set the last way-point as land or loiter or whatever then take control back with the switches as required and perform a manual landing. It is also capable of fully Autonomous takeoffs and landings

Setting up your CX-20

CX-20 Manual:-

Getting Your New Open-Source Cheerson CX-20 or Quanum Nova Ready for Its First Flight

Tutorial by: Joey Mirabelli and Edward Byrne

In this guide, you will be:

1- Upgrading the firmware

2- Installing a better, tweaked parameter file

3- Fully calibrating your new quadcopter


Here is the link for Mission Planner download and install for Windows only. Make sure to let it install the drivers into your computer during the installation process.


Once installation is complete, open the software.


The new parameter file that you will be loading is here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jojj406rk8mk9bi/UpgradedParams.param?dl=0

Please download and save the file to somewhere you can find it later. Do not rename it.


Plug in your CX-20 to the computer with a Mini USB. In Mission Planner, go to the top right corner and check your COM port. Make sure to select the one that says "ArduinoMega... or USB Serial Device" after it. The COM port is going to vary. There is no "right" COM port. Now, make sure your baud rate is on 115200.

If you are currently using or planning on installing telemetry, read these instructions. Download, extract, and save the below file. Then, go to Initial Setup> Install Firmware> Load Custom Firmware and then select this file. Let it load and continue with the tutorial. http://www.baronerosso.it/forum/attachments/multirotori-droni-rtf/326284d1429882655-quanum-nova-fpv-gps-waypoint-quadcopter-arducopter3.2.1-quad-apm2-custom.hex.zip

If not, continue here: With the USB still connected, go to "Initial Setup" on the top, then "Install Firmware". Now, click on the quad configuration and click yes. Wait for the firmware to load.

Note: Even though it says 3.3.2, the max it will load on APM is 3.2.1. That is perfectly normal.


Now that the firmware is loaded, you can go to the top right and click connect. Let it connect, then go to Config/Tuning> Full Parameter List> Load From File (top right).

A window will open up. Select that file we downloaded and saved earlier called "UpgradedParams.PARAM". Now, you should see green boxes in the list of params. Click the "Write Params" button on the right side and the green should disappear. You may get 1 or 2 messages, just click ok and disregard them.


Now you have to fully calibrate the quad after this file has been loaded in order to make sure all the offsets and endpoints are correct for your quad. To do this, go to Initial Setup> Wizard and follow this video: https://youtu.be/5JvVovI03d0


We're almost done. The last step is enabling compass learn so you don't have to calibrate the compass again. Go to Initial Setup> Mandatory Hardware> Compass. Find "Automatically Learn Offsets" at the top and select it. You don't need to click anything else.

Make sure to click "disconnect" at the top right of the page before unplugging anything. You are now fully calibrated and ready for flight. Good luck and happy flying!

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