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PocketPilot

PocketPilot boards are smaller versions of the BBBmini PCB (https://github.com/mirkix/BBBMINI), designed for use with PocketBeagle (https://beagleboard.org/pocket, a small version of BeagleBone Black). It provides a very small & light-weight open-source ArduPilot based autopilot / flight controller for quadcopter drones & robots.

There will be several different versions of the PocketPilot board coming out over time:

  • PocketPilot v1 (DIY design, early 2018): Only uses through-hole components & connectors, with Chinese sensor modules plugged in. Since it doesn't need any SMD soldering, you are expected to build it yourself using traditional solder by following our instructions. Basically it's a BBBmini for the PocketBeagle computer instead of for BeagleBone Black.
  • PocketPilot v2 (mid 2018): Similar to PocketPilot v1 but uses JST-GH connectors, and for people that can't do any soldering themselves. It can be ordered from Shervin in Australia, or soldered yourself if you are willing to solder a few SMD connectors.
  • PocketPilot v3 (late 2018): A small & lightweight single board containing SMD parts and JST-GH connectors and no Chinese sensor modules, manufactured by a PCBA service in China and ordered from China. Includes support for hundreds of MikroEletronika CLICK accessory boards stacked on top.

PocketPilot v1 (based on BBBmini https://github.com/mirkix/BBBMINI-PCB) can be soldered by hand by most people since it only uses large "through-hole" components and common "Dupont" servo wiring connectors. However, it's quite big & heavy compared to the small PocketBeagle, and the connectors can potentially have a loose connection when on a moving robot or quadcopter, and also not everyone wants to solder their own electronics. So PocketPilot v3 will be using tiny SMD components, reliable SMD connectors, and available as a pre-soldered kit. All PocketPilot boards are open-source hardware, just like BBBMini, but most people will only be capable of soldering v1 and maybe v2.

Connector Stack diagram

PocketPilot v1 (DIY model)

Video of PocketPilot v1, keeping a quadcopter stable indoors using an Optical Flow sensor instead of GPS:

Video of initial prototype

Wiring diagram of PocketPilot v1: !!!PLEASE NOTE: THE PINS ASSIGNEMENT HAVE CHANGED AND THIS ROUTING IS NO LONGER WORKING. PLEASE REFER TO THE FINAL SCHMATIC (PDF) !!

Wiring diagram of prototype

Photo of PocketPilot v1:

Photo of initial prototype

Software Installation

Installation Instructions for PocketPilot v1: Instructions how to build Linux, BBBmini, etc to create your own PocketPilot v1 on your PocketBeagle board

Support Chat

Join the chat at https://gitter.im/mirkix/BBBMINI

About Us

BBBmini is a project by Mirko Denecke. PocketPilot is a joint project by Mirko Denecke, Patrick Poirier and Shervin Emami.

License

Creative Commons License
BBBmini and PocketPilot are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Changelog

Jan 2018: Rev 1.0

  • Initial software instructions how to make the DIY prototype by Patrick (PocketPilot v1.0).

20th Dec 2017: Rev 0.1

23rd Sept 2017:

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