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Getting Started

  1. Unboxing Flytkit

    The FlytKit Includes:

    • FlytPOD
    • 2 x High Gain 6 dBi WiFi antenna
    • External GPS-MAG module
    • Power Module
    • Wall adapter
    • MicroSD (8 GB) for data-logging
    • MicroSD (32 GB) preloaded with FlytOS
    • FlytPOD Manual
    • GPS Standoff

    Make sure your FlytKit contains all the above mentioned components.

    Note

    FlytPOD PRO comes with 2 x External GPS-MAG modules and a 32 GB built-in EMMC card.

  2. Activate your FlytOS:

    • For the next few steps FlytPOD will require access to internet. You will need a WiFi access point with internet connection to proceed. If not available then you can create one, using your android phone and mobile data connection.
    • Plug and tighten antennas on FlytPOD.
    • Power on FlytPOD using wall adapter. The RGB LED should start breathing red. (Don’t worry about it now.)
    • From your laptop, connect to the WiFi network FlytPOD_wifi the password for which is FlytPOD123.
    • In your laptop’s browser, launch FlytConsole, using URL: flytpod/flytconsole.
    • Setup FlytPOD in client mode by following steps from this guide.
    • Follow this guide for activating FlytOS.
    • Power off FlytPOD by gently pressing the power button on the back panel. Within few seconds RGB LED should turn amber.
    • You may switch FlytPOD wifi to access point mode for field operation. However FlytPOD needs internet for automatic updates to work, it’s a good practise to connect FlytPOD to internet once in a week.

Note

Note that the next time you start FlytPOD, it will take some time for the RGB LED to start up. This behavior will repeat every time you do a graceful shutdown as described above.

  1. Mount FlytPOD on airframe

    • Make sure neither ESCs nor the FlytPOD are powered before you proceed.

    • Drone and FlytPOD Orientation

      FlytPOD should be mounted in such a way that the front of the FlytPOD is aligned with the head of the drone. The front of the FlytPOD is the x-axis as shown in the diagram below.

    • Mount points

      You can use M3 screws for mounting the FlytPOD onto the Drone. Image below shows the mount holes available. FlytPOD has internal vibration damping mechanism, for better performance you can use dampening mounts.

    Tip

    You can choose to mount the FlytPOD in a different direction. For this, change the Autopilot Orientation in the Sensor calibration tab in FlytConsole.

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    FlytPOD Orientation and Mount holes

  1. Mount GPS-MAG, Power Module, Lidar, Camera, Px4flow, etc. Do not connect anything to FlytPOD yet.

  2. Connect GPS-MAG as described here.

  3. Connect ESC / motor signal pins of your frame as described here.

  4. Connect RC receiver as described here.

  5. Do not connect any extra sensors / payload yet.

  6. Plug in power connector and VI sensor connector from power module into FlytPOD as described here.

  7. Do not connect power module to ESC input yet.

    Important

    Remove propellers from all the motors.

  1. Make sure that you have removed all the propellers.

  2. Connect Battery (10V to 28V) to the power module as described here.

  3. The FlytPOD should boot up now. The RGB LED might take time to turn blue or red if you had done graceful shutdown last time.

  4. After a minute when blue WiFi LED starts blinking, connect to WiFi. If you have setup FlytPOD WiFi in client mode, then wait for the FlytPOD to connect to your router.

  5. Open the FlytConsole in your laptop using URL: flytpod/flytconsole.

    Note

    If above URL does not work then there might be some issue with your router’s DNS. Please refer to the WiFi Section for troubleshooting.

  6. In FlytConsole go to Frame Select section in the left side-menu.

  7. Select the appropriate frame and click on Save and Reboot.

  8. FlytConsole will not show data for few seconds. WiFi network will not disconnect during this reboot.

  9. Once the HUD starts working again, go to Calibration section in the left side-menu.

  10. Sensor Calibration: Sensor calibration is of utmost importance before you fly the drone. You need to calibrate magnetometer every time you change the flying field. If your autopilot orientation is not the same as that of your vehicle, update AUTOPILOT ORIENTATION parameter accordingly. Similarly, if your external magnetometer’s orientation differs from FlytPOD’s heading, update EXT MAG ROTATION parameter.

    Please follow the steps given in FlytConsole. The sensors to be calibrated for correct attitude are given below:

    • Accelerometer Calibration
    • Gyroscope Calibration
    • Magnetometer Calibration
    • Level Calibration

    Once the FlytPOD is connected back check the level in HUD on Dashboard of FlytConsole. Make sure that it is reflecting the level and rotations correctly.

    Click here to know more about Sensor Calibration.

  11. After FlytConsole is reconnected, it’s time to configure the motors.

    Warning

    Make sure no propellers are attached to the motors before you proceed with ESC calibration.

  12. The RGB LED should be breathing blue or green now. For more info on RGB LED patterns click here. If it is flashing red then check if you have properly connected GPS-MAG module.

  13. Power on the ESCs through power module as described here.

  14. Usually your motors should play a tone, but don’t worry if they do not.

  15. Next go to Motor Config in left side-menu. Here you will be calibrating the ESCs and testing the motors.

  16. Select ESC Calibration in top menu.

    Important

    • Not all ESC’s need range calibration. Please consult your ESC user documentation before you do it.
    • Also this is a one-time setup which is NOT required to be done again until you change one or more of your ESC’s.

    Use of default Min PWM value, Max PWM value and Number of actuators is recommended. Click on Start Calibration after completing the settings.

    Click here to know more about ESC Calibration.

  17. After finishing ESC Calibration gracefully shutdown the FlytPOD and remove the Battery.

  18. Power the FlytPOD and ESCs back on before you move on to the next steps.

  19. Select Motor testing in top-menu of FlytConsole’s Motor Config page.

    Warning

    Do not use propellers during setup!

    You can test the direction of rotation and order of the motors here. Click on the motors to make them rotate and check the direction of rotation of the corresponding motor on your vehicle.

    Click here to know more about Motor testing.

    Note

    In case your motors rotate in an incorrect direction, you can swap the ESC cables and make the motors rotate in the desired direction.

  20. Select RC Calibration in left side-menu.

  21. Turn on your RC Transmitter. Check if the receiver is working.

    Following are the prerequisites for RC Calibration:

    • You need a minimum six channel radio to use with Flyt.
    • Four channels for roll, pitch, yaw and throttle.
    • A three way switch for testing with RC modes.
    • A two way switch for Manual override.
    • A two way optional switch for Return to Launch mode.
    • Please follow instructions in FlytConsole.

    Warning

    If you find that motors start rotating after clicking ‘Save and reboot’ then immediately power off everything and report to us.

    Click here to know more about RC Calibration.

  22. After Sensor and RC calibration, Gains have to be tuned to control the autopilot attitude and position control. Click on Gains Tuning. You can choose to use the default settings for Gains tuning.

    Click here to know more about Gain tuning.

  23. Congratulations! You have successfully configured FlytPOD with your drone. You are now ready to fly.

  24. At this stage the RGB LED should blink blue / green. Assuming that you have the props removed, try to ARM the system and test rc transmitter.

  25. For safety you can check if the response of pitch and roll commands is as desirable.

  26. Now you can connect any additional sensors to FlytPOD.

  27. Please go through the cautions for flying with FlytPOD and First flight with FlytPOD sections before you proceed with flying your drone.

  28. Make sure you understand all the Safety guidelines before you fly.