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Pi0Plane

A $150 smart fixed wing drone with the Pi Zero

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This tutorial demonstrates how to build a low cost Linux drone with the Raspberry Pi Zero and the PXFmini autopilot.

The PXFmini is totally compatible with the Raspberry Pi Zero, and it provides different kind of sensors which allow, for example, autonomous missions. The drone uses a real-time capable Linux kernel, a Debian-based file system and Dronecode’s APM flight stack compiled for the PXFmini autopilot board. All these components have been put together by Erle Robotics in their OS image for the PXFmini.

  • Drone made with the PXFmini autopilot shield for the Raspberry Pi (available from here).
  • Open schematics
  • APM/ardupilot flight stack compiled for the Pi Zero (sources, instructions)
  • Linux drone using a Debian file system made by Erle Robotics specially for the Pi Zero (available here). Includes a catkin workspace with the Robot Operating System (ROS) Indigo.
  • Docs about the PXFmini

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    Step 1
    Step 1: Assembling the frame.

    First of all we are going to attach the wings with the help of a screwdriver. We are using plastic washers to avoid breaking the wings because of the pressure.

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    Step 2
    Step 2: Cutting the frame.

    We are going to cut a piece of the plane wing with the help of a cutter to free it.


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    Step 3
    Step 3: Mounting elevons mechanism.

    The next step consists on mounting the elevons mechanism for allow the wings moving up and down.

    We recommend to paste the orange piece to the wing with super glue.

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