I’m new here and deep diving into Arducopter after watching a Flyability ELIOS2 complete some inspections for us at my plant. My first thought was - I can build one of those!
The first stage of my plan is to learn the basics and put together a basic platform with all the regular navigation aids and perfect this outdoors. Then I will add Lidar collision avoidance all around and get that down.
The last step, which thankfully is a ways off on, is getting it stable indoors without GPS or Compass. My end goal involves using it to inspect things inside a (very) large operating power plant. We take EMF to a new level here! Even the ELIOS2 had issues, I suspect were related to it’s compass being very confused.
Initially, I saw the Intel T265 as a viable option, but since they’ve stopped production, the entire internet is already out of stock.
So - my long winded question finally - Are there any other options for stable flight without GPS and Compass? Perhaps 360deg Lidar with companion computer? I’m just not sure if that would also stabilize my Yaw. If there is currently a gap now that the T265 is gone, what are the odds that someone is working on this small niche issue? I’m OK with assisting/testing if something is in the works, I’m not afraid to break some stuff and provide feedback I don’t code, but I can solder stuff, break it, and send log files!
Any help at all is very appreciated, and I can’t wait to get my first shipment of stuff and try this all out!