[note: project name changed to Q-Shield]
Dear community may I have your attention please!
We are happy to announce our nano quadcopter shield built for Spark Cores, the Q-Shield.
What is Q-Shield?
Q-Shield is nano quadcopter functional shield board built for Spark Core(s). It consist from two main part, mechanical PCB body frame and nano quadcopter flight control library:
It’s PCB based nano quadcopter body frame includes sensors, motors and all neccessary components for nano quadcopters to fly.
We are currently naming our developed nano quadcopter flight control library, the Q-Shield library. Our library fits perfectly on Spark Core memory and provides flight functionality.
In addition on the PCB frame we attached two RGB LEDs that help to track status of the flight, greatly helps to track visually. Also there are four red leds on the edges for additional indication. In brief:
Spark Core + Q-Shield = Spark Nano Quadcopter
Before plugging Spark core, all there is to do is to include Q-Shield library with Spark firmware, compile, and flash it. And that’s it. You now have a nanoquadcopter ready to tinker with. Grab your controller!!!
One of the exciting features is that we have ported MAVLink.
Control inputs, parameter configuration, and flight logging are all done over by MAVLink and MAVLink based GUI applications such as QGControl and smartphone applications. Our Q-Shield control library is light and it can be extend more features.
Why we are doing this project and what is our goal?
While we are tinkering with Spark core, we got motivated by its potential to be used for many applications. We wanted a quadcopter. Rather than buying one, we wanted nano quadcopter on Spark Core and built one. Boy, it took us a while. We have completely redesigned it’s mechanical design and revised our control library. You might wanted to have your own nano quadcopter. If you already have any of the Spark Cores, well you are more than half way having it. All there is left is a shield for the core, which what we already built.
- Q-Shield is completely open source project.
- Let us know your interest to your project, like this post, we’ll be counting.
We are looking forward to port our Q-Shield library on upcoming more powerfull cores from Spark Labs.
Thanks and please stay tunned, any feedback is most valuable.
UPDATE No.1 May 26 : Blog Post