I’m in the process of setting up a tarot 650 with extended arms. 17 inch propps 6s 6000mah. Cube black and here 2 gps. I’m really lost and it flies weird af.
To begin with, it lifts of at about 15% throttle. It weighs about 3kg and has a MTOW of 5 so it should not be lifting of at 15%. (stabilize mode)
The yaw is also behaving weird. It yaws to the right when I make a medium stick input on the roll axis and drifts alot on the yaw aswell. I’m really lost. The log should be attached to the post via a link to google drive.
You must do the Initial Parameters Setup in Mission Planner located in Setup>Mandatory Hardware. These are pre-1st flight changes from default. It would be a good idea to read thru the Tuning Wiki also as this is just the start to get a good performing craft.
One result often seen is motor output oscillation like this craft displays:
When this is resolved there is likely to be a mechanical yaw bias. You can see the trend here between the CW and CCW motors. Fairly common on frames like the Tarot when the arms or motor mounts are twisted (motor axis not vertical).
I’ve tried the initial parameter setup tool in missionplanner as well as setting the parameters myself according to the tuning process instructions. It only made it worse. I found that the suggested mot_thst_expo recommended for 17 inch propps worked much worse than the preset 0.65 value.
I could set the initial parameters again and post that log as well. Thanks for the reply
yeah, I’ve had this aircraft flying perfect in this configuration on arducopter 3.5 Then I started experimenting but now I’ve ended up with the same configuration again. I’ve never seen this yaw behavior though. It drifts randomly and when I roll or pitch then let the stick center. It also yaws to the right.
I can’t see that my motors are twisted but I’ll check that and set the aircraft up with the initial parameters setup.
One more question, I use ESCs with simonK firmware on them. Are those ESCs to old for the newer versions or should it work??
Thanks! I’ll look into that. I’m a bit short of money right now since I have a larger drone coming up. This is more of a test rig to learn all the features of ardupilot before starting on my more expensive project.
One reason could be that the CCW motors are bouncing off of minimum motor output which would cause yaw instability. Fixing the yaw imbalance and oscillation will help this. In the mean time check this out: Motor range
I’ll check the motor setup. I’ve done the ESC calibration but the rest is left to the default values. Could it be the lighter weight of the aircraft, 3kg (MTOW 5kg) in combination with the yaw imbalance that causes the signal to hit the lowest value? Or should I be fine to fly at this weight if I get the imbalance sorted out?
I looked at the motor mounts. If any of them are tilted. It’s only by like 1 degree or something. I’ll try to see if I can correct them any but it feel like such a small variance wouldn’t cause this. In missionplanner, does the C1 out represent the motor 1 and C2 motor 2 etc if I look at the quad copter motor number and rotation template??
Hi, I havent got to fly yet. Raining alot here in Sweden right now. But I figured I could ask you some other questions I have. I saw a post about occilation and nois. That mounting was very important for nois reduction. My motors have some kind of soft mount.
I know I need to setup my filters, the harmonic notch. But as of now the copter is flying so bad that I thaught I needed some tuning first. At least the yaw issue. Am I correct or should filters still be the prioroty??
I have seen a sub plate mount like that on a big X8 that didn’t work that well as the plate was causing the vibe problem being relatively thin. I’m not saying that’s the case here though. I would start over with tuning at default + Initial parameter setup.
This is looking much better! The yaw bias is gone and so is the bad output oscillation. As you say it needs tuning but that’s to be expected. The overall Vibe levels are a bit high with a few clipping events on Y.
You could either try to address that now or move forward with the Notch Filter Configuration and further tuning and see where you end up. Assuming you want to do the later set these:
Then do a simple Hover flight in AltHold for a minute or so, or until it’s hovering at mid-stick, and post that log.