Infrared Sensors

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Paparazzi x-y IR sensor board

The paparazzi autopilot uses infrared thermopiles for primary attitude sensing. The theory is that at zero bank or pitch angle, the difference in the heat between the two sensors should be zero, and at 90 degrees it should be maximum. From this relationship a linear regression is made and angles are calculated during flight. Each pair of sensors measures one axis, a minimum of 2 pairs must be used to measure pitch and roll but best results are obtained thru the use of a 3rd pair on the vertical axis. Since the output signal from each sensor pair is proportional to both the attitude and the weather/terrain, systems with only x-y sensors require a ground calibration and may not provide accurate angle calculations as the aircraft travels over terrain with different IR radiation.


IR Sensor Board Architecture.jpg

Dual Axis Board Pinout

Component Side View
Pin # Name Notes Suggested Color
1 IR2 IR Signal Output Axis 2 Grey
2 GND Ground Black
3 VCC +3.3v Power Supply Red
4 IR1 IR Signal Output Axis 1 Braun

Single Axis Board Pinout

Component Side View
Pin # Name Notes Suggested Color
1 IR IR Signal Output Purple
2 VCC +3.3v Power Supply Red
3 GND Ground Black

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Below is a product designed by FMA Direct and is a replacement for their Flight Stabilization system. With a simple resistor swap, this module is suitable for use in the Paparazzi UAV.



The Thermopiles are:

Manufacturer Part Number: MLX90247-ESF-DSA (Digi-Key: MLX90247-ESF-DSA-ND)


FMA Direct CoPilot Sensor Head


IR Sensor Board Bottom
IR Sensor Board Top

Stock FMA Components

The stock FMA resistors R2/R3 and R5/R6 (0603 0.8 Mohm/0603 510 ohm) set the op amp gain to approximately 1600. Since this unit is designed to run on 5V and we are running it on 3.3V, it is advised to change R3 and R6 from 510 ohm to 1K ohm for an approximate gain of approximately 800. Without the change, it is theoretically possible to overdrive the Op Amp in extreme hot regions/seasons.

Another resistor swap option for this board is to replace R2 and R5 with 560 Kohm resistors, generating an output gain of approximately 1100; a gain which is practically identical to that of the Paparazzi board.

a suitable resistor from mouser is here

R1 200 ohm
R2 0.8 Mohm
R3 510 ohm
R4 200 ohm
R5 0.8 Mohm
R6 510 ohm
R7 600 ohm
R8 600 ohm
C1 0.026 uF
C2 0.026 uF
C3 0.026 uF
C4 0.026 uF
C5 0.01 uF
C6 0.026 uF

FMA Direct Vertical Sensor


IR Vertical Sensor Board Bottom
IR Vertical Sensor Board Top

The same operation can be done with the vertical sensor (single axis). The resistor R3 should be changed from a 510 ohm to a 1K ohm.

a suitable resistor from mouser is here