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GPS Module Pricing & Availability 
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Unread post GPS Module Pricing & Availability
Parrot gave released their price for their new AR AR.Drone 2.0 GPS Unit.....
...£99.99!
Due in at the end of July

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11 Jun 2013, 16:14
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Can't wait for the user reviews to start rolling in for this thing. :shock:

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Unread post Re: GPS Module Pricing & Availability
That price seems pretty steep, especially when you can't really do anything 'clever' with it!

Now, if you can eventually program it to autonomously fly from point to point, or to 'come home' then that would be more interesting. The Parrot publicity video mentions programming it using QGround Control. I've had a quick look at this software and find it totally incomprehensible. Hopefully some clever people will be able to something with the GPS Module and QGround Control.

Is there an 'aftermarket' GPS type module that can already be used with the AR AR.Drone 2?

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14 Jun 2013, 16:00
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Hi Ruyton,

the gps module has the return home, but more importantly it uses the gps for its general flying.

when flying below 8m the down facing camera does a decent job of stopping it from drifting off, when above this height its useless for this purpose and you may as well be flying at night. With the gps unit it will hold its lateral position far better at height and in the dark.

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14 Jun 2013, 16:40
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Thanks for the info Nigel,

I think that I could be tempted to part with £99.99 - I don't think that I'll be flying in the dark just yet, but the extra position holding ability and the return home would be really useful :-)

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14 Jun 2013, 16:48
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Exactly where do you find this information?


14 Jun 2013, 18:18
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From the guy that makes the flight software, ;)


14 Jun 2013, 19:32
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Unread post Re: GPS Module Pricing & Availability
Ruyton wrote:
Is there an 'aftermarket' GPS type module that can already be used with the AR AR.Drone 2?


You can use virtually any NMEA capable serial GPS with the help of the so called MiruMod. For now it only supports logging but RTH is in the works.


14 Jun 2013, 20:45
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Unread post Re: GPS Module Pricing & Availability
The new version of AR.AR.Drone app has just been released which takes advantage of the above GPS functions

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15 Jun 2013, 17:59
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....but if I upgrade to the updated app i'll lose tilt control ? I'm still on the old app as I like to use both tilt and joypad controls.

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It's ok, I can use either app, although not director mode with tilt it seems.

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Unread post Re: GPS Module Pricing & Availability
The new AR.FreeflightWORLD
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/freeflightworld/id655646282?mt=8
Has both director mode and tilt,
Only USA and Taiwan still don't have tilt controls back


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Great :D

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gymo wrote:
The new AR.FreeflightWORLD
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/freeflightworld/id655646282?mt=8
Has both director mode and tilt,
Only USA and Taiwan still don't have tilt controls back

Great news, have downloaded it now. It also has absolute control back. It's just a bit annoying that I already paid for the Director Mode on the AR.AR.Drone app, and the in-app purchase doesn't carry over to the new FreeFlight world app. So now I have one app with absolute control and tilt, and another with director mode.


16 Jun 2013, 00:37
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Unread post Re: GPS Module Pricing & Availability
I did find something interesting with the new firmware however.

I have a combined USB GPS and memory stick device I bought a few months ago as a project. This gadget is basically just a USB hub, a USB storage device, and a GPS device attached to a serial-to-USB converter. I never did get it to work, I can get GPS NMEA messages but for some reason it can not lock on. I didn't do much debugging though. I decided to plug it in after the update to see if anything had changed.

What's interesting is that I no longer need to insert the driver kernel modules after boot-up, it seems the AR.Drone's new kernel has both of them already (usbserial and cp210x). That probably means that Parrot's own flight recorder uses a UART bridge in the CP210x family.

Here's the dmesg output:

usb 1-1.2: new full speed USB device using musb_hdrc and address 4
usb 1-1.2: default language 0x0409
usb 1-1.2: udev 4, busnum 1, minor = 3
usb 1-1.2: New USB device found, idVendor=10c4, idProduct=ea60
usb 1-1.2: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 1-1.2: Product: CP2102 USB to UART Bridge Controller
usb 1-1.2: Manufacturer: Silicon Labs
usb 1-1.2: SerialNumber: 0001
usb 1-1.2: uevent
usb 1-1.2: usb_probe_device
usb 1-1.2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
usb 1-1.2: adding 1-1.2:1.0 (config #1, interface 0)
usb 1-1.2:1.0: uevent
usbserial_generic 1-1.2:1.0: usb_probe_interface
usbserial_generic 1-1.2:1.0: usb_probe_interface - got id
cp210x 1-1.2:1.0: usb_probe_interface
cp210x 1-1.2:1.0: usb_probe_interface - got id
cp210x 1-1.2:1.0: cp210x converter detected
usb 1-1.2: reset full speed USB device using musb_hdrc and address 4
usb 1-1.2: cp210x converter now attached to ttyUSB0
Parrot Micronesie GPS : with anti-Nack
Parrot Micronesie GPS : with anti-Nack
Parrot Micronesie GPS : with anti-Nack
Parrot Micronesie GPS : with anti-Nack
Parrot Micronesie GPS : with anti-Nack


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