We are constructing a minimalist robot lawnmower. Hardware done, we are mowing via RC now. We are headed toward Ardurover/Pixhawk/RTK, with minimal Mission Planner interaction via WIFI, mainly for configuration.
I am STUMPED on the software chain to flash a ESP8266 and load MavLink.
I am Arduino-to-8266 literate.
I cannot get through the ESPTOOL-PYTHON-GIT-.bin-Command line… and so forth. MADDENING.
Am I missing something? Can I buy a ESP-01 already flashed? Would anyone here flash a few 8266-01s for a fee? Can i use the normal Arduino IDE to flash? Will MAVLINK “sketch” load onto a stock esp8266?
Maybe we should forget it and purchase a rf radio for the link?
Looking for some guidance .
TIA for patience with a newbee.