ELEV-8 Flight Controller

  • 80204: ELEV-8 Flight Controller - Front View
  • 80204: ELEV-8 Flight Controller - Alternate View
  • 80204: ELEV-8 Flight Controller - Back View
$149.00
Product ID: 80204
In Stock: 181
1+$149.00
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Overview

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The ELEV-8 Flight Controller is a single-board quadcopter control solution, designed for the Parallax ELEV-8 v3 Quadcopter (#80300). Current version is Revision B; see the product guide download for full details on this latest revision.

The ELEV-8 Flight Controller firmware works in coordination with Ground Station software for configuration, diagnostics, and live telemetery of sensor data. It's a great tool for educators and students exploring the physics principles of flight dynamics, as well as for the developer or hobbyist experimenting with custom applications.

The ELEV-8 Flight Controller features the Propeller P8X32A, a 32-bit, 8-core microcontroller. Its multi-core architecture allows for simultaneous sensor monitoring and motor control. In addition, the multiple cores and modular, open-source C-language firmware facilitate code customization—no interrupts involved!

The ELEV-8 Flight Controller hardware, its C-language firmware, and the accompanying Ground Station software are all Parallax Open Source projects; see the individual files for details.

Features

  • 32-bit, 8-core, 80 MHz Propeller P8X32A and 64 KB EEPROM
  • Wide supply voltage range compatible with 2S to 5S battery packs
  • LSM9DS1 IMU (3D accelerometer, 3D gyroscope, 3D magnetometer)
  • LPS25H pressure sensor for altimeter and barometer data
  • RF module socket for wireless telemetry;  XBee 900 MHz modules recommended
  • Battery voltage monitor with low-battery alarm
  • Onboard RGB LED and Piezospeaker for status indicators, alerts and alarms
  • RGB LED expansion header; add up to 20 additional WS2812B RGB LEDs
  • Serial Tx/Rx duplex expansion port
  • Eight bi-directional receiver ports
  • Six bi-directional ESC/AUX ports for Parallax xRotor 20A ESCs
  • Unpopulated I2C bus header for custom applications
  • Accessory Power Header Pads, SRR/DSM Header Pads (Rev B)
  • Convenient reset touch-button pad for firmware development

NOTE: The ELEV-8 Flight Controller hardware, its C-language firmware, and the accompanying Ground Station software are all Parallax Open Source projects; see the individual files for details. Experiment at your own risk!

Details

Specifications

  • Controller: 32-bit, 8-core, 80 MHz Propeller P8X32A
  • IMU: LSM9DS1 (3D accelerometer, 3D gyroscope, 3D magnetometer)
  • Pressure sensor: LPS25H
  • Power requirements: 6-18 VDC
  • Voltage regulators: 3.3 V LDO, 5 V switching
  • Typical operating current (without optional accessories): 100 mA
  • Maximum total current supply to external 5 V devices: 1.5 Amp
  • Maximum source current per I/O signal port: 6 mA
  • Maximum input voltage per I/O signal port: 5.25 V
  • Piezospeaker sound pressure: 60–80 dBA at 10 cm
  • Main control loop duration, original firmware release: 250 Hz (4 ms)  
  • Sensor read loop duration, original firmware release: 500 Hz (2 ms)
  • ESC PWM output frequency: 400 Hz (2.5 ms)
  • Communication: USB micro-B (onboard serial over USB converter)
  • Compatible external RGB module: WS2812B recommended
  • Compatible RF Module: XBee    
  • PCB Dimensions: 2.165 x 2.165 inches (55 x 55 mm)
  • Operating temp range: +32 to +158 °F (0 to +70 °C)
  • Corner mounting holes: 3 mm, at 45 mm spacing
  • Weight: ~ 19 grams (0.67 oz.)

 

Downloads & Documentation

Product Specific Downloads
Download Details More Info
sUAS Purchasing Policy - 212.17 KB | updated: 18 Oct 2017 - 3:30 pm
Parallax GroundStation Software for Mac - 12.28 MB | updated: 28 Oct 2016 - 3:18 pm
SimpleIDE Software for Windows (Propeller C) - 78.99 MB | updated: 24 May 2018 - 7:51 am
ELEV-8 Flight Controller DipTrace Files - 519.91 KB | updated: 22 Dec 2015 - 9:19 am
Parallax GroundStation Software for Windows - 12.65 MB | updated: 28 Oct 2016 - 3:04 pm
ELEV-8 Flight Controller Firmware - 149.35 KB | updated: 28 Oct 2016 - 2:49 pm
ELEV-8 Flight Controller Product Guide - 771.17 KB | updated: 04 Jan 2017 - 3:25 pm
Spektrum DX6 or DX7 Configuration File - 2.8 KB | updated: 16 Dec 2015 - 3:04 pm
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ELEV-8 v3 Documentation and Software

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