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Flight Recorder


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Sep 9, 2022
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I couldn't find an existing thread for the AR.Drone 2.0 Flight Recorder, so here goes.

Feel free to reply here with Flight Recorder related stuff.
I bought a Flight Recorder recently, but can't test it with the drone itself for several months.
Here's what I've found - drone-free - so far. (Apologies for the formatting.)

Windows 10:
* Windows drivers are included on the Flight Recorder internal storage.
* They don't work with Windows 10. :(
* I couldn't find any other drivers that worked with Windows 10.

* I could see NMEA packets using: minicom -b 4800 -D /dev/ttyUSB0 :)

Using gpsd and gpsmon to decode the packets under Linux seems like a good idea.
Unfortunately, gpsd is too smart, and switches to SiRF "raw" mode, which is persistent.

To reset to NMEA mode, kill gpsd etc. then: gpsctl -f -n -s 4800 /dev/ttyUSB0
This may be sufficient to "unbrick" a Flight Recorder?

I was unable to get a GPS lock indoors, but I could see several satellites so I'll give it a pass.

* The output from "fdisk -l" looks like garbage... But Windows could see the (broken) drivers.

Disk /dev/sdb: 3.69 GiB, 3959422976 bytes, 7733248 sectors
Disk model: Ultra HS-SD/MMC
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x6f20736b

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sdb1 778135908 1919645538 1141509631 544.3G 72 unknown
/dev/sdb2 168689522 2104717761 1936028240 923.2G 65 Novell Netware 386
/dev/sdb3 1869881465 3805909656 1936028192 923.2G 79 unknown
/dev/sdb4 2885681152 2885736650 55499 27.1M d unknown

Partition table entries are not in disk order.

Hopefully there's some useful information in there.
Have an AR.Drone purchased 2013. got it rebuilt now but have a new android phone. when I download the free flight 6 it connects with no internet and will not recognize the drone.
what am I doing wrong?

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