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EOL Notice

April 2014

It had a good run, but the Nav Board M3 is now EOL. Please consider X-Monkey as a more capable replacement for navigation use.


Lady GaGa flight support

November 10, 2013

demoWe are happy to have provided flight control and power train / electrical support to Lady GaGa's Volantis project. Check out the blog for more information!


Paparazzi and CHIMU integration

Christophe De Wagter at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands has been working on integrating a CHIMU into a Paparazzi autopilot. He has implemented both the UART and SPI interfaces and a video of the system working can be seen here:

Here is another video showing stabilization of a little antenna using the SPI output (200 Hz rate).  This was a difficult integration as the Paparazzi code wasn't setup to handle being a slave SPI device.

Christophe has done a great job (overcoming many integration difficulties) and its great to know the CHIMU can interact with the Paparazzi code.  Thanks Christophe!



Hello! I have recently bought a CHIMU to integrate into the Paparazzi autopilot. We want to use the SPI bus between them for communication. I have read in this blog that it can be difficult to do due to the Paparazzi configuration. Could you detail that to me? Where can I find those codes? Thank you very much.

Mr. Yan

Hello Jaime,
Actually, it should be a little easier than it may seem, Christophe has incorporated driver code in the Paparrazzi project. Shoot us an email at and we can help you!



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