Today the Drone Zone in our community is live.
We’ve created this community for Drone application enthusiasts, developers, makers, universities, research institutes, and engineers; if you love drones, this is a great place for you!
Here we encourage everybody who joins the community to post their questions and share their experiences using photos, videos and any other Drone-application-related material based on ST devices or evaluation boards. This info and expertise sharing will help you — and others — make progress with your projects.
Do you want to know how to “Build and Fly Your Own Drone with ST’s First Controller Unit?”
If you are approaching Drone design for the first time and are looking for a simpler project to start on and customize, you’ll find everything you need already in the Drone Zone:
- FCU STEVAL-FCU001V1 evaluation board:
MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS) are at the heart of flight controller units since they track the drone’s movements. The current firmware of the STEVAL-FCU001V1 relies on ST’s 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis gyroscope LSM6DSL Inertial measurement unit, the same component found in step counters and virtual-reality headsets, among many others. The STEVAL-FCU001V1 also includes the LPS22HD, the best pressure sensor ever put on a drone thanks to its vertical resolution of 8 cm. (3 in.) and its acquisition rate of 200 Hz. The unit also uses the LIS2MDL magnetometer.
This design flexibility is also a result of the STM32F401CC microcontroller (MCU) that drives the entire board. The reason ST chose this component was to make developers’ tasks more manageable.
- Open source FW project for STM32 and source code of Android app for BLE remote control:
ST provides the board’s firmware on GitHub and has opened the entire source code to encourage students, engineers, and enthusiasts to modify it and share their ingenuity.
- 30A ESC STEVAL-ESC001V1 evaluation board:
The STEVAL-ESC001V1 electronic speed controllers (ESC) reference design for drones fits entry-level commercial drone designs and drives any three-phase brushless (or PMSM) motor running off 6S LiPo battery packs, or any equivalent DC supply, up to 30 A peak current.The easy-to-use STEVAL-ESC001V1 gets you spinning a motor and its propeller in minutes thanks to a complete pre-configured firmware package (STSW-ESC001V1) implementing a sensorless Field Oriented Controlled algorithm with 3-shunt current reading, speed control, and full active braking.
- More experienced motor-control-experienced engineers can find a firmware project based on a Vector Control algorithm HERE.