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Auterion Enterprise PX4 2.1 Release Notes

Auterion Enterprise PX4 2.1.1

Specific Features on this release are only compatible with Auterion Mission Control v1.10.1 or newer. Those features will not be available if an older Auterion Mission Control version is used.

Auterion PX4

New Features

Powered-by-Auterion
  • Added support for flight mode switching through multiple toggle buttons.
  • Arming is now prevented if a smart-battery failure is detected and reported.
  • Now, in the case of strong magnetic interference, the pilot is warned and will still be able to arm the vehicle.

Bug fixes

Fixed-by-Auterion
  • After a mission, and on Landing mode, a gimbal camera lens would be facing down instead of being in a neutral position.
  • In Acceleration Manual control mode, there’s 5s drift when releasing sticks.
  • In Acceleration Manual control mode, drone flips on takeoff if moved after startup.
  • On S.BUS, RC glitches sometimes occur on signal regained.
  • Gyro dropouts sometimes occur due to parameter saving on disarm.
  • Battery warnings being seen even with the battery disconnected.
Fixed-by-upstream-PX4
  • Estimator variance collapses in emergency yaw recovery.

Auterion Distro

New Features

  • Added quality parameter for video recording in the Sony α7R cameras.
  • Now, the survey workflow sends photo thumbnails to AMC when triggering the photo and downloads high resolution photos only when the user opens the photo in the gallery.

Bug fixes

The following bugs have been fixed:
  • Several issues affecting the stability on the Photo Gallery.
  • Sometimes, on the Photo Gallery, and using the survey workflow, the photo download does not work when using a USB stick drive.
  • In the Sony α7R cameras, photo triggering fails when the photo destination is set in AMC to “both” option.
  • In the Sony α7R cameras, switching photo storage destination from USB stick to camera SD card and vice-versa sometimes wouldn’t work as expected.
  • Video stuttering during video streaming from Sony α7R cameras.
  • High CPU load issue when storing photos in the USB stick when using the survey workflow.

Auterion Enterprise PX4 2.1.0

Specific Features on this release are only compatible with Auterion Mission Control v1.10.0 or newer. Those features will not be available if an older Auterion Mission Control version is used.

Auterion PX4

New Features

Powered-by-Auterion:
  • Battery-based RTL. Triggering of RTL now takes remaining estimated flight time into account including wind estimates.
  • Nudging on Landing. During landing the user can now nudge the vehicle horizontally to fine adjust the landing location while the autonomous landing operation continues.
  • Fixed-Wing and VTOL main and alternate motor support. Add support for configurations which have a preferred (main) motor in fixed wing flight.The flight controller uses only the main motor only when possible to save energy.
  • Added support for Mavlink Gimbal Protocol V2.
  • Updated protocol for LightWare distance sensors. Added support for the LightWare LW20/c.
  • Send battery fault data to the ground station.
  • Added option to adjust the hysteresis time of range finders sensor quality.
  • Include EKF failures in preflight checks.
  • Extend configurable failsafe delay to all modes in order to not trigger failsafes too aggressively.
  • On multicopters, lock down yaw when waypoint is reached.
  • Added parameter to completely disable internal barometers.
  • Allow RC override through RC/joystick throttle and yaw changes and extend COM_RC_OVERRIDE parameter bitmask to allow ignoring throttle when required.
Powered-by-upstream-PX4:
  • Improved offboard temperature calibration scripting.

Bug fixes

Fixed-by-Auterion:
  • Vertical velocity controller has wrongly negated derivative term in some cases.
  • No logging and timestamp in Low-Battery RTL message.
  • Preflight check not allowing takeoff in winds above 4m/s.
  • Parameter changes lost on rapid reboot.
  • False positives of ESC telemetry timeout.
  • Too high stream rate for GIMBAL_MANAGER_STATUS messages.
  • Factory reset causes the sensor IDs to be reset, leading the sensor specific parameters like the rotation to be reset as well, even when defined in startup scripts.
  • Thrust cuts on motor saturation.
  • During VTOL landing, in some cases the vehicle does not climb to correct altitude.
  • Wind-speed estimation in fixed wing not available in some cases.
  • When flying to the border of link reception often the link would drop in and out intermittently, leading to the failsafe getting triggered over and over again and the delay for the action starting over and over again getting the drone stuck at the border of reception.
Fixed-by-upstream-PX4:
  • Battery info being published twice in uORB.
  • In the hardfault logger, a corruption of the stack pointer leads to a corruption of the hardfault log before it is dumped.
  • Thermal calibration module unduly throws an error for sensors without thermal compensation.

Auterion Distro

New Features

  • Trillium HD40LV support. This includes camera controls, gimbal controls, video stream (EO and IR) and tracking using Sightline tracking board
  • Improved Survey Workflow with Sony cameras. Now photos are downloaded from the Sony cameras to Skynode. They are geotagged automatically on Skynode and stored in a USB mass storage device attached to the drone.
  • Support for Silvus SC4200EP radio.
  • Support to hotplugging of USB devices on the USB-C port of Skynode.
  • Connectivity indicator in the Skynode local updater GUI. Shows whether the Skynode is connected to the internet or not.
  • Support Sony A7R error reporting to AMC when a photo trigger fails. Reports to the user if something fails during trigger, during auto focus config or because of a bad/missing SD card.

Bug fixes

  • Modem configuration reports an unknown error in AMC when the PUK code is required.
  • When the user inserts his PIN code in the modem configuration while there is no signal reception, the modem timeouts at some point and then never regains connection.
  • Skynode SD card does not mount after the initial formatting.
  • Local updater not handling the device reboot properly, resulting in hanging update process forever.
  • Partitions are sometimes not mounted properly after a Skynode is flashed for the first time.
  • Skynode booting too fast, causing the kernel to try to mount the eMMC too early in the boot process, leading to a kernel panic.
  • MAVLink packets not being automatically broadcasted when connected to the Skynode Wifi AP if the Ethernet netmask is not set to default. This is a specific issue to setups where one changes the Ethernet netmask.
  • In the local updater page, during an update, opening the Suite URL causes the update to stop.
  • In the local updater, the update aborts before the FMU firmware binary is flashed.
  • All Skynode user LEDs get turned on while booting.
  • Some Sony A7R parameter values for ISO, EV and WB are missing, causing inconsistencies in the UI if the user selects one of these values manually from the camera.