Micasense RedEdge UAV Mapper Installation

Overview

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

RedEdge Setup

Requirements

  1. Connect the Tuffwing Rededge trigger cable to Pin51/AUX2/RC10 on the back of your Pixhawk.
  2. You will need to provide 5 volts to the back of the Pixhawk. The 5 amp BEC on the Plush40 ESC has been tested.
  3. Rededge cameras automatically geotag images using a Pixhawk GPS. Connect an Pixhawk GPS to the RedEdge's GPS port using its 6 pin DF13 connector.
  4. Power up the RedEdge by plugging the servo cable into a 5 volt UBEC or ESC.

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

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

Configure your Pixhawk

  1. Connect to your Pixhawk with Mission Planner and go to Initial Setup > Camera Gimbal and set as shown above.

Right-click on the map and select Trigger Camera NOW. If everything is setup correctly your Pixhawk will trigger the Rededge 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 > Draw Polygon > Add Polygon point. Create a polygon around the survey area.
  4. Right-click > Auto WP> Survey (Grid)
  5. On the Simple tab select:
    • Camera: RedEdge
    • Altitude (m): 100
    • Camera top facing forward
  6. 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