|GPS Flight Assistance and Autopilot |
The GPS Navigation Control board is a key component and provides an autopilot the can control the position and course of the copter. It provides a Position Hold and Come Home feature, as well as the capability for autonomous flight between waypoints.
|Position hold |
Position Hold keeps the copter at the same place in the sky even in strong winds, leaving you free operate the camera and get the shots you want.
With the flick of a switch on your transmitter, the Navigation and Flight controllers make the copter climb up to a preset height, and fly it directly back to the take-off position.
|Dynamic Position Hold |
Even while the Navigation Control board is in Position Hold you can “fly” the set point position and this allows you to fly the copter in a straight line even when it is windy – a great feature for shooting tracking video shots.
|Auto - ComingHome |
If the battery reached a critical value, the MikroKopter automatically beep and gives you an information via the telemetry. if you do not notice this, the copter will automatically flies back to the starting point and land there.
|Automatic takeoff and landing |
These advanced features allow even beginning pilot’s to takeoff and land safely without any risk of tip-over accidents or bouncing that might otherwise damage the copter. Using a laptop computer or Android tablet you can pre-program entire flights from takeoff, flying to specific way points at specific heights, triggering the camera shutter, and then returning back to the takeoff position and automatically landing.
|Waypoint Flying |
Using a Windows laptop or a computer, or an Android tablet, even beginning pilots can enter a preset flight plan and the copter will fly between waypoints at a preset speed from 0.36 km/hour up to 54 km/hour. As an option, the pilot can change the inter-waypoint speed using a control on the RC transmitter.
|Position Save |
You can easily save a new waypoint as you fly the copter so that you can bring the copter back to that same place in the sky – you don’t even need a laptop or tablet to do it. All it takes is a switch on the RC transmitter and the copter will fly back to the saved position.
|Relative Waypoints |
For imaging ground-based features like buildings or other structures, you can program 3D waypoints around the particular point of interest and the copter will automatically turn to face the POI as it flies between the waypoint. Each waypoint is both a position and a height.
|Flightsimulation within the copter |
A flight simulator is an integrated part of the firmware of the MikroKopters. The simulation allows the user to use all the original routines within the MikroKopter. The virtual position can be observed at the PC screen and changed with the RC or with waypoints. This is ideal for testing camera shots and waypoint flights. Logfiles are created with the simulated data. Furthermore we habe a flight simulator that allows simulated flight training with the original RC.
|Flight Data Logging |
For post-flight analysis you can log data five times a second to a micro-SD card on the Navigation Control board. This information contains numerous relevant data values including GPS-position, height, speed, voltage, position of switches, flight attitude, currents of each motor, temperature, pilot and autopilot inputs.
|Cutting Edge Nanoscale Sensors |
IWe use the state-of-the-art nanotechnology sensors for solid-state gyroscopes and accelerometers to measure the attitude and movement of the copter. A 3D Hall Sensor compass reads the Earth’s magnetic field to help with navigation. A highly sensitive pressure sensor, combined with the accelerometer data provide a “height hold” and allows for automatic take-off and landing.
|Advanced Global Positioning System |
The GPS board uses the most recent, highly-sensitive GPS antenna and preamplifier with a SAW frequency filter that can get a 3D position lock with a limited sky view or when satellites are shielded by terrain and buildings. This system can get positional data from the U.S. GPS, the Russian GLONASS, and the Chinese BeiDou satellites.
|Telemetry via Personal Computer or Tablet |
Mikrokopter’s copters have a bidirectional telemetry system with a range of up to 6 Km and operating at different frequencies (2,4Ghz, 868Mhz, or 900Mhz) display copter position and operating parameters on a PC or tablet. These parameters include the copter’s height, flight battery voltage, elapsed flight time, motor currents and more. This telemetry data can be integrated with Google Earth for navigation or stored for offline use and integration with your own map data.
|Voice Announcements and Logging of Telemetry Data |
For certain RC Transmitters such as JETI or the Graupner HoTT the transmitter can speak flight critical information out loud. This includes flight battery voltage, height, distance, mode changes, and errors. These voice announcements can be made predetermined time intervals or in response to a control switch on the RC transmitter. This telemetry data can also be logged in the RC transmitter – for example, the last GPS position in the case of a crash or loss of contact with the copter.
|Geo-Fencing for Safety |
Mikrokopter provides programmable features that create an invisible cage in the sky. When enabled the copter will never fly outside this cage and can thus remain safely in view even when a novice pilot is flying the copter.
|Low-Stress Panic-Free Flying |
If you simply let go of the RC transmitter sticks and let them return to their center position, the MK Avionics will bring the copter to a standstill in the sky so that you can decide what you need to do next. If you operate the GPS switch, the copter will go to a preset height and then return to the take-off point automatically.
|Click and Fly : Single Point Navigation |
With just a single click or tap on a map on the screen of a PC or Android tablet you can tell the copter where to fly and autoland there.
|Boat Mode : Advanced Feature |
This is an advanced feature that permits the pilot to initialize the solid state gyroscopes for safe flight even when the copter is resting on a moving boat.