MegaPirate/Arducopter Setup

What is MegaPirate ?

Program on the flight controller: MegaPirate = Arducopter
Software on PC: MegaPirate = Arducopter
Hardware: MegaPirate = MultiWii Mega

How to upload the flight controller program to MultiWii Mega board ?
By using Arduino on PC/Mac

How to change parameters of a MegaPirate based drone ?
By using the Arducopter’s Ground Station on PC

How to set the flight controller program correctly and upload it to MultiWii Mega board ? 

Step 0:
Download the latest version of MegaPirateNG from here.
Connect your MultiWii Mega board to PC/Mac by a micro usb cable.

Step 1:
Open the folder “ArduCopter” and double click on the Arduino file “ArduCopter.ino”.

Step 2:
Point the Arduino sketchbook location to the MegaPirateNG_2 folder. If you skip this step you will get a compilation error because the Arduino won’t find the libraries used in the MegaPirate program.

Step 3:
Restart the Arduino software.

Step 4:
Open the file “ArduCopter.ino” again. Go to page “APM_Config.h” and define the right sensor board. The MultiWii Mega board has the same sensor axis arrangement as PIRATES_DROTEK_10DOF_MPU. Define the transmitter channel set as TX_wmi.

Step 5:
Define the GPS on the same page.

Step 6:
Define the drone’s frame type. For example, a quad+.

Step 7:
Go to page “config.h” and define the GYRO’s address as 0x68.

Step 8:
Choose the Arduino board type.

Step 9:
Choose the usb port which is connected the MultiWii Mega.

Step 10:
Click on the upload button and wait to the end of uploading. You will get the message “Done uploading” when it’s finished.

Next:
Open the Arducopter’s Ground Station to set parameters and personalized functions. From here, all will be the same thing as you are using a drone based on Arducopter.

* The Arducopter’s Ground Station is a PC software. So Mac users had better to use MultiWii.