i am all newbie on ardupilot but since a have the latest version apm 2.8 with 4 in 1 powerboard and radio telemetry.
i was wondering if i can use a depth sounder that can provide me with depth mapping in reefmaster
the depth sounder is a stand alone unit sonar and transmitter with gps and compas on my boat
a ground station that shows me the contour of bottom and wich is connectable with a laptop running reef master on
my goal is too use mission planner and having all the read outs of my depthsounder in mission planner
photo is showing the image i prefer this unit is transmitting on 2,4Ghz
another issue is it possible too use the compas and gps antenna from this unit to connect it with apm if the voltage is 5V and i know what wire is used for vcc gnd rx tx and the compas
i know lots of questions maybe you guy’s have some idea’s for me
small issue whit current internal compas i’m having trouble too read only the external compas
jumper is removed but internal compas is still working and faster then external
hope too find som answer’s here my compas is 6H GPS
sorry if there are some topics above wich are handeld somewhere else on this forum please just provide the link
I suspect that your local store might have been trying to unload a legacy product, however members are still using the APM2.x navigational controllers because they are relatively cheaper than the Pixhawk family of controllers
That being said, you will be at a disadvantage to use the APM2.8 because it cannot run EKF which is superior to DCM and as I said before, you are possibly on your own to develop the firmware any further.
Johan, Just my 2 cents here. Get a Ublox gps unit intended for use with a pixhawk or APM if you choose to go that route. I run a depth sounder with its own GPS unit and my Ublox GPS on my Pixhawk has proven to be more accurate than the internal one on the sounder.
Just research the Tolson stuff. Interesting. Does it save the data to a SD card for processing? Looks like 300 meters is the range limit. Have you looked at Lowrance equipment and Insight Genises for processing data.
the transmitter unit inside the baitboat does not store anything on sd-cart however ther is a port wich can be used too update firmware so maybe there is a door in via usb so 5Vcc ground tx and rx should be on that port
i know the new tf650 in the ground station you can plug rs232 to usb for depth gps coordinates to use in reef master
the gps can connect too 20 gps satelites the ubloxk only 10 for as far as i know now