What is Minla HDW?

Minla HDW allows you to control your ArduPilot based flight controller (Pixhawk, Navio, APM, etc.) over internet.

You can control your RC model (rover, drone, boat, etc.) from Mavlink compatible ground control station (Mission Planner, QGroundControl, etc.) over mobile 3G/4G internet connection. FPV (First Person View) quality video stream from Minla HDW internal camera is delivered directly to ground control station. No regular radio equipment (2.4GHz, 5.8GHz, etc.) is required to operate rc model. Just 3G/4G mobile network.

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How does it work?

Minla HDW demo:

Minla HDW tech spec

Microprocessor:

- 1GHz ARM CPU


Sensors:

- 5 megapixel camera


Interfaces:

- WiFi
- 4-pin power/serial connection to flight controller


Power requrements:

- +5V DC from flight controller
- 550 mA max current


Weight and dimensions:

- Weight: 29g
- Width x Length x Thickness: 75x35x13 mm


Operating parameters:

- FPV video: H264, color, 25 fps, 0.1-0.5 sec end-to-end latency*
- FPV video resolution: 720x480

* Latency and quality depends on 2G/3G/4G mobile signal strength


Features:

- Flight controller support: Ardupilot based flight controllers (Pixhawk, Navio, Navio2, APM, etc.)
- Ground control stations support: Mission Planner, QGroundControl
- Real time video is sent directly to ground control station HUD over mobile 3G/4G link
- Mavlink data is transparently routed from GCS to flight controller and back over mobile 3G/4G link
- Configuration and control (both auto and manual) of RC model over mobile 3G/4G link
- Autopilot configuration (flight plan, waypoint, etc.) over internet
- Can be used as backup mobile internet channel to regular radio link
- Uses Wifi-3G/4G routers to connect to internet. Autoreconnects when 3G/4G signal is lost


Software updates

Check helilab blog for the latest software/firmware updates:

Link to blog

Manuals, how-to, etc

Minla HDW pinout description and PIXHAWK flight controller connection manual:

MinlaHDW_pinout_pixhawk_v0.01_EN.pdf