openfield betaflight (blheli, butter..) with a singelboard computer

By fovea on Mar 25, 2019

4  196  0

i saw this https://rotorbuilds.com/build/10984 the poormansfatshark. i didnt build but was a pleasure to see this possibility
i thougt probably wireless openfield-betaflight-raspi is intresting to someone:

Raspberrypi (single-board computer, size of a creditcard) openfield betaflight (and blheli suite) using Raspberrypi as a wireless betaflight „adapter“

I dont now are there other small portable options for blheli on the field, possibly this is intressting for someone. The only unique feature for betaflight in the field, when its prepared for controll wireless, its able to controll it from everywhere over internet, as example with realvnc, teamviewer... someone far away could help see your flight log, setup pid... Its able to controll raspberrypi-betaflight with m“any“ platform; windows, android, ios... tablet, smartphone

the most other openfield possibilities like speedybee-adapter would be more easy to prepare and use and cost less. one thing i like is; a raspberrypi can fly as a quad too, its "usable" as a flightcontroller

when everything is build, on the field you have to open a hotspot, plug in the powerbank, connect probably with smartphone and vnc, start betaflight on it, connect the fc...

What you need to build

-some time
-raspberrypi p3b
-beeing intressted about install a system on a single-board computer and set it up
-sd-card at least 4gb
-display able to connect with hdmi
-hdmi cable
-a computer for preparing the sd card
-some software

Additional hardware for use wireless in the field

-something to make a hotspot for raspberry
-something where realvnc (or another application) is prepared; tablet, smartphone..
-powerbank and micro usb cable to power the raspberrypi (or there would be possibilities over a 5vbec and a lipo)
-a second cable to connect the quad to raspberry
(like the description in the video from quadframesuk, the other possibility would be to controll it with raspberry with a wire hdmi-display, hdmi cable, mouse and keyboard (enogh resolution, my 800x480 7“ touch display doesnt work because of the betaflight program scale, i couldnt see the hole betaflight program window at one time, it wasnt handy to move the window around, but possibly theres a reason, i couldnt find) )

There is a tutorial from QuadFramesUK:
copypaste from there;

Part 1 Raspberry Pi 3 B (OS Flash & Basic Setup)


Part 2 How To Install Betaflight Configurator onto Raspberry Pi

Part 3 Raspberry Pi - Butterflight Installation
Part 4 Raspberry Pi - Blheli Installation

Hardware Required 1. PC / Laptop 2. Raspberry Pi B 3 pre-installed with Raspian 5. HDMI Monitor 6. HDMI Lead 7. USB Mouse 8. USB Keyboard 9. Micro USB Lead

Software Needed for Part 1

  1. SD Card Formatter https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/form... 2. Etcher https://etcher.io/ 3. Raspian Stretch with desktop OS
    https://www.raspberrypi.org/downloads...
    Software Needed for Part 2
  2. Betaflight Configurator (Source Code Zip) https://github.com/betaflight/betafli... 2. nw.js-armv7-binaries (not the SDK version) https://github.com/LeonardLaszlo/nw.j... linux-arm.tar.gz Terminal Commands to copy and paste (versions numbers of Betaflight Configurator & armv7-binaries will depend on the version that you choose to download. you will need to change the version numbers in the related commands below as described in the video. Link to download .TXT commands file for copy & Paste https://1drv.ms/t/s!AqYE1MiwHVxs5WL5A...

hope someone enjoy or give it a try

Part List

Flight Controller

Raspberry Pi 3 - Model B Plus (B+)
Pishop.us
$35.00

Batteries

CNHL MiniStar 14.8V 4S 850mAh 70C LiPo Battery - XT60 (13 builds)
Racedayquads.com
$17.69

Power Distribution

Matek PDB-XT60 W/ BEC 5V & 12V (2 builds)
Pyrodrone.com
$9.99
Show stores (3)

Discussion

Sign in to comment

Guides & Reviews

3 1,341  3
28 days ago

When the FatShark HDOs hit the market in 2018 the FPV community rejoiced for the new Sony OLED displays. While they lacked further upgrades like an updated DVR and power button they were still a market success. With the 2019 announcement of the Orqa FPV.One the community finally had a potential HDO killer on the horizon. With only weeks before the release of the Orqa FPV.One Skyzone came out of left..

Read more
63 8,741  46
Aug 21, 2019

Want to learn how to build an FPV rig? This guide will walk you through your first FPV freestyle build. These parts were hand-picked to balance cost and maximize performance. The TBS Source One is a popular frame for it's low cost, high quality carbon fiber. It's easy to work with and provides more than enough space for your electronics. We've got a 32bit 4-in-1 ESC to bring you the smoothest flights..

Read more