In October appeared in PitLab.Shop module with combined GPS-GLONASS receiver and optional magnetometer. Module is very interesting for flying models because offer twice the number of satellites from GPS and GLONASS constellations. Bigger number of visible satellites means better position prediction. It is visible in smaller position noise and lower dilution of precision presented in VDOP and HDOP data.
Configuration of the module is identical as used to this time GPS modules. Different is protocol, because uses additional NMEA messages dedicated to GLONASS system. All our products (OSD, AP and APL) support GPS-GLONASS modules and it's protocol.
Like his earlier brother, the GPS-GLONNAS modules, has the ability to mount on the board of one of the three magnetometer chip: HMC5883, MAG3110 and MMC3140.
Since beginning the SkyAssitant was sold in a medium size box with manual, USB cable, flash drive. Box inside has a foam and full color sticker on top. This kind of package is OK, but has some disadvantages. Most important is high demand for manual work. Now I have some other project to process and have to limit labor-intensive tasks. Other disadvantage is size and cost of shipment. Variometer is light, but the USB cable makes package fit in the weight range "up to 350 g".
My proposition is to sold SkyAssistant variometer in smaller box, without USB cable (everybody have it), without flash drive (software can be downloaded from SkyAssistant website), without foam inside (simpler production) and full colour laser printed sticker (smaller cost).
To re-compensate smaller content can sell the variometer in price reduced by 10 Euro, so the end user price with the Eco packaging is 219 Euro. It can be ordered in PitLab.Shop.
Of course previous packaging set is still available.
On the picture below is comparison between both versions.
I call this package "Eco" because is economic and more ecologic. Since we are in EU structures, we have to pay fee for packaging placed on the market. Smaller package means smaller amount of rubbish to recycle and smaller amount of fuel consumed in transport.
For your comfort we extend PitLab.Shop shipping offer with worldwide speditor, the DHL.
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The test team together with users every day suggests new functionality for our FPV System including OSD and Autopilot. Now we have pleasure to announce version 2.09 with many new features and correction of diagnosed issues. Full description can be found in the Download page of the FPV System project.
In last days was finished PCB for beta test version of ground station and send to manufacturing. This version will be manufactured in very limited volume only 15 pcs for tests purposes. After test period will be created commercial version of the board.
Board looks like on the pictures below (click to enlarge).
Ground station will have big LCD on the front, tracking antenna driver, 2 channel video diversity, SD card for telemetry logging and measuring of current consumption on the ground. Will be mounted inside plastic enclosure
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New version 2.08 of software and firmware for our FPV System was created and tested. Biggest changes concern the OSD. Since now on the screen we can see statistics of actual and average energy consumption per kilometer (like fuel consumption per 100 km in the cars). OSD can show ambient temperature using external LM355 sensor connected to User AI1 black connector, or show temeprature measured by internal sensor at Autopilot board and display air speed measured by Eagle Tree airspeed microsensor connected to I2C orange connector.
Another very important feature is better way of displaying remaining battery capacity. Now we use energy consumed during flight compared to total battery capacity. The battery capacity can be set by user before flight. Up to 12 different batteries can be defined. Using this information the OSD displays information about battery discharge using 28 stages. Also some of graphic details have been improved.
Video below (taken from the test flight) shows what it looks like: