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Nextvision Nighthawk2 / Colibri2 (with Trip2)

This section describes how to set up the Nextvision with Skynode. Please refer to this page for wiring instructions and this page for specifics about the Pixhawk Payload Bus.

What you will need for this step

  • Skynode Enterprise (powered as described in Power Skynode)
  • Pixhawk Payload Bus (connected as described in Pixhawk Payload Bus)
  • Microhard Air Unit (optional - connected as described in Data Link Module
  • Cable provided with the Nextvision payload
  • Nextvision Nighthawk2 or Colibri2 payload (not included in the kit)
  • Nextvision Trip2 (not included in the kit)

Preparation

To access the payload settings settings you need to connect the payload via Ethernet to your computer. The default IP address for Nextvision is 192.168.0.201. This means you need to assign a static IP address on your computer's Ethernet that is in the same subnetwork (eg. 192.168.0.10) as the Nextvision camera. The next section Goes through some of the payload settings that we will change to be compatible with the Auterion setup. These include:
  • The default Auterion Ethernet network is 192.168.168.0/24 instead of 192.168.0.0/24
  • The default Auterion video format is MP2TS instead of RTP
  • The default Auterion Nextvision protocol is mavlink extended

Video Settings

  • Encapsulated Format: MP2TS over RTP
  • Destination Port: 11024

Communication Settings

  • Protocol Type: mavlink extended
  • Protocol Medium: Ethernet
  • Protocol Socket Type: UDP
  • Protoco Report Port: GCS Port
  • Remote Port: 10024
  • Local Port: 10024

Network Settings

  • IP address: 192.168.168.201

Setup

  1. 1.
    Connect the camera to the Trip2 computer.
  2. 2.
    Connect the Trip2 computer to the Pixhawk Payload Bus Adapter Board using the JST-GH to Ethernet RJ45 cable that is provided with the payload.
  3. 3.
    Follow the instructions in General Setup. This section is the same for all payloads.

IP Settings with Microhard Air Unit module connected

The default Microhard DHCP server will assign an IP address in the range 192.168.168.100 - 192.168.168.200 to Skynode.

IP Settings without Microhard Air Unit module connected

In this case, there is no DHCP server that will assign an IP to Skynode, therefore you need to set a static IP, such as 192.168.168.100.
  • Login into Skynode via SSH
  • Create the file /data/override.env
  • Add the following environment variable
AP_CONFIGURE_ETHERNET_IP=192.168.168.100
  • Reboot Skynode