SuperbitRF

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What is SuperbitRF?

SuperbitRF is a project to design our own datalink/radio receiver. The ultimate goal is to get the receiver to work with our own datalink modem and also normal DSM2/DSMX transmitters. But the main focus is to get a very small datalink which will be integrated in the autopilot PCB.

How does it work

In general you will have either a usb datalink modem or a DSM2/DSMX transmitter which can be binded to the datalink/radio receiver on the autopilot. During the binding process the receiver will know if it is binding to a usb datalink(in DSMX or DSM2 mode), DSM2 transmitter or a DSMX transmitter. After binding the receiver tries to keep in sync with the usb datalink or transmitter and will forward the packets received to either the paparazzi datalink or the radio control.

The SuperbitRF usb modem uses the normal DSM2/DSMX protocl, which can be chosen inside the firmware. For more information on how the DSM2 and the DSMX protocol works, look at DSM.

The source code

The firmware for the SuperbitRF USB modem is open source and can be found at Github SuperbitRF Firmware. The source code of the datalink receiver inside the paparazzi autopilot isn't made yet but will come later.

Progress

  • 18/06/2013 - We currently have a datalink working between two SuperbitRF usb modems. It isn't that reliable yet, but we are working on improving it. We can already bind to a normal DSM2/DSMX transmitter, but can't get the syncing to work. We are also working on testing the datalink transfer rate and testing how paparazzi handles the packet loss you have with a unreliable radio datalink.
  • 11/06/2013 - Received the SuperbitRF usb modems and did some simple testing with blinking light and receiving the radio chip ID.

The contributors

  • Piotr (working on the hardware)
  • Bart Remes
  • Freek van Tienen (working on the software)