Flir Vue UAV Mapper Installation

Overview

Do the following to configure a Flir Vue Pro with a Pixhawk in a Tuffwing UAV Mapper.

Flir Vue Pro setup

  1. Install Flir UAS on your Android or Iphone.
  2. Power your Flir Vue camera with a mini USB cable.
  3. Enable BlueTooth and start Flir UAS.
  4. Move the STILL slider to the left to select Single. Then select theSettings button (bottom right).

  5. Select the MAIN tab.
  6. Set IR Format to 14-bit TIFF Sequence.
  7. Set Still File Type to 14-bit TIFF.

  8. Note: These images will appear black when you view them. You must process them in an application like Pix4D to view them.

  9. Select the ACCY. PORT tab.
  10. Set Channel 3: to RECORD START/STOP

Pixhawk settings

  1. Start Mission Planner, connect to your Pixhawk, then select INITIAL SETUP > Optional Hardware >  Camera Gimbal.
  2. Configure your Pixhawk as shown. RC9 can be any open RC port in the list.

Connect your Flir Vue Pro to the Pixhawk

  1. Connect your Flir Accessory cable or Tuffwing Flir trigger cable as shown. Note: the Flir trigger cable does not provide power. You must power the Flir with a mini USB cable.
    • The servo cable can go in any RC Out port you chose in the previous step.
    • A special mini USB cable is also required to power the camera. You must provide 5 volt power to the back of the Pixhawk. Flir Vue thermal cameras require 1.2 watts at 5 volts. This can be provided by your airplane's ESC or a BEC.

Install the camera mount

  1. Unscrew the lens ring from your Flir Vue.
  2. Insert your Flir Vue through the mount and screw the lens on.

  3. Place the mount in your UAV Mapper.

  4. Right-click on the map and select Trigger Camera NOW. If everything is setup correctly your Pixhawk will trigger the Canon camera to take a picture and is capable of triggering pictures using GPS distance.