Hi! The last time I built a multirotor with ArduPilot was on an APM with Hobbyking Blue Series ESCs flashed with SimonK and Multistar 4208 motors. Was a successful build and used to get 15 minute flights on a 4S 4000mAh, on 14x4.7 props. After that, Ive mostly built racer quads and have used the Pixhawk on fixed wings only.
Also I’ve built and flown a few racer quads with BLHeli_S firmware. Haven’t had major issues with them so far.
Now I’m building a ZD550 frame and putting a Pixhawk on it.
I’m deciding on the motor and ESCs for this build and was wondering how easy it would be to actually setup my build with BLHel firmware. I am looking at a 4S setup with 12 inch props and maybe upgrade to a 6S setup sometime later. The main reason I’d like to go with BLHeli is the form factor and that’s what is a little more easily available where I’m at.
I have the following questions:
I’ve gone through the documentation at http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-dshot.html?highlight=blheli
From what I understood, I will HAVE to use Copter 3.6 AND also the ChibiOS build?
So it won’t work with the firmware I would usually install using Mission Planner following http://ardupilot.org/copter/docs/common-loading-firmware-onto-pixhawk.html?
I have only ever installed the firmware using Mission Planner, never built it from source. How difficult would this be, provided I have a moderate competency with figuring out how to install and use software by following documentation?
Also this is the ChibiOS build? https://github.com/ArduPilot/ChibiOS
Also should I just look for regular ESCs for this build and experiment with BLHeli at a later stage?
Thank you so much!