Micasense RedEdge UAV Mapper Installation

Overview

Do the following to configure a Micasense RedEdge multispectral camera in a Tuffwing UAV Mapper.

RedEdge Setup

  1. Solder a servo plug to the 3 pin DF13 cable that is included with the RedEdge. Red to red, black to black, white to white.
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  3. Connect the 3 pin DF12 to any open AUX Port on the back of your Pixhawk. You will need to provide 5 volts to the back of the Pixhawk. The 5 amp BEC on the Plush40 ESC has been tested.
  4. Connect an external GPS to the RedEdge's GPS port using a 6 pin DF13 connector. The RedEdge uses a "3DR" style connector but you can fit a Chinese 6 pin connector.


  5. Power up the RedEdge by plugging the servo cable into a 5 volt UBEC or ESC.

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  7. The RedEdge will create a WiFi access point. Connect to rededge########. Password is micasense.
  8. Start your web browser and go to http://192.168.10.254.

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  10. Select the Settings tab and configure your RedEdge as shown and Save.

Configure your Pixhawk

Set the following parameters on your Pixhawk.

CAM_DURATION 1

CAM_RELAY_ON 0

CAM_TRIGG_TYPE 1

RELAY_PIN 51  You can use any available Relay Pins 50 to 55. This where you will connect the RedEdge to the Pixhawk.

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.

Mission Planning

  1. Read Best practices: Collecting Data with MicaSense RedEdge and Parrot Sequoia.
  2. Start Mission Planner > Flight Plan
  3. Right-Click
  4. On the Simple tab select:
    • Camera: RedEdge
    • Altitude (m): 100
    • Camera top facing forward
  5. On the Grid Options tab set:
    • Both Overshoot [m]: 70
    • LeadIn [m]: 70
    • Overlap% [m]: 70
    • Sidelap% [m]: 70
    • Set Min Lane separation to 1