FlashTool 1.1r2 for MacOSX and Windows

Hi all!

We just released new FlashTool 1.1r2 for MacOSXand windows.

Now you can utilize our powerful FlashTool utility under both MacOSX and Windows.

What’s new:

  1. FlashTool for MacOSX
  2. Check for new FlashTool version
  3. Support flashing for F4BY – our 32bit controller.
  4. Fixed bug with compiling MPNG 3.1.5

MPNG 3.1.5 R2 – Final

I have some bad news and good news:

First is good news. Since there is no a lot of bad reports about 3.1.5R2 version it will be Final version.

Now some bad news. I’m decide to finish my work on MPNG for 8bit controllers. There is no future in 8bit world.  We continuously fighting with CPU performance. Main difference with original APM boards is I2C bus. All Multiwii boards uses I2C bus for sensors and it’s very slow. So fresh MPNG versions has performance issues on these boards. You know, we now have 32bit controller and we will continue work on it. Hope you understand, we cannot support old boards forever.

I would like to say thank you for all who support MPNG project until now (and future projects of course).

We upgraded our FlashTool to 1.1 (Special thanks to Maxim and Smurfy). Now it supports 32bit controllers and able to build firmware for it. So you not need Mission Planner or GCC compiler to fly on our F4By controller.

Sincerely, Aleksey Kharlanov aka Sir Alex.

MegaPirateNG 3.0.1 R2 – Public Release

MegaPirateNG 3.0.1 R2 is now available for all. You can download zip file or get sources at GitHub.

Please post all bugs and feature requests in GitHub issue tracker.

Who want to contribute some code, you can done it via GitHub Pull request.

Current bugfixes in upcoming R3:

  • Added ability to use Serial1 in UserCode.pde
  • Added ability to disable internal compass (to use external) in AP_IntertialSensor_MPU6000_I2C.cpp
  • Added ability to select MPNG compatible boards in APM_Config.h
  • Added ability to change Serial2 port speed in APM_Config.h
  • Fixed Serial2 initialization (RXD pullup enable)
  • Fixed GPS driver selecting in APM_Config.h (from AC 3.1)
  • Main loop rate lowered to 100Hz (from AC 3.1)
  • Fixed pin mapping for Copter LEDs and Voltage&Current sensor

Possible bug in 3.0.1

One guy reported strange problem with 3.0.1 release. He have RCT Crius V2 board and running it in PPM_SUM mode. When he hovering at ~40-50% of throttle, all seems ok, but if they increase throttle – board hang and copter drops from the sky.He can 100% reproduce this problem. We tried all possible solutions, but It still hang.

I’m tried all things to catch this bug, but my copter(and hexa) performs very well and I have no hangs. So,

I need some help in testing. Please, make it all safely! You do not need to fly, problem can be reproduced on table. Just make sure it will not fly. Arm copter and try to increase Throttle.

If you will encounter this problem, please report back with all possible information: Logs (from board and Planner), your hardware config, what you changed in firmware (PPM mode, and etc.)

Thank you very much.

MegaPirateNG 3.0.1 R2 – released

I’m glad to present new version of MPNG 3.0.1 – R2

Important notice! This version still not support old boards with ITG3200 sensor (will be added in R3). Only flight controllers with MPU6050 currently supported.

What changed in R2:

  1. Fixed Compassmot calibration in terminal and test -> compass command.
  2. Little optimized MPU6050 reading.
  3. Added method to fix bootloader bug (uploading hang).

Download link was sent to all who made donation. If you make donation and not received (until 30.08.2013) e-mail, please send me request to rsoft@tut.by

MPNG 3.0.1 – R2 public release will be available: 16.09.2013