Used for robotic drones, rovers and other small autonomous vehicles, this reference design kit contains RDDRONE-FMUK66, a Flight Management Unit (FMU) that performs the navigation and manages real-time reaction to external stimulus. The FMU should also be considered as a Vehicle Management Unit (VMU) for a ground or water-based robot, as it manages inertial sensor fusion, GPS and inputs from other sensors and is adaptable to many airframes and vehicle types. The reference design includes the required cables, adapters, and peripherals for out-of-the-box development, including a debugger and serial console cables as well as a GPS. Telemetry radios are purchased separately to match ISM band frequencies allowed by your country.
NXP is a member of Linux Foundation DroneCode.org, and the FMU functions under the member projects PX4.org flight stack, QGroundControl, MAVLINK, UAVCAN. PX4Pro Flight stack is Opensource with a business-friendly BSD license and runs on top of the NuttX RTOS. Several flexible simulation environments are available. All support is through the PX4 Slack community or third-party enterprise-grade support such as Auterion.com. This FMU hardware is versatile and can be used to develop for other opensource or proprietary flight stacks as well.
Look for this FMU as a part of the KIT-HGDRONEK66, a complete drone kit used for NXP HoverGames. Open and extensible, the HoverGames drone kit provides a solid starting point and everything you need for a full reference drone. It’s completely modular, so you can easily add and connect new components, from sensors to processors. We will provide special add-on reference designs to highlight new applicable NXP technology The HoverGames drone is used in the HoverGames coding challenges.