A ground station consists of a receiver, display, and
antenna. The Fat Shark Dominator goggles shown in
Figure 20 are a self-contained ground station. They have a
built-in 5. 8 GHz receiver and a circular polarized antenna.
They work very well as long as you don't wear glasses. You
can purchase a myOptic Lens set, but I found they just
don't yield a clear image when using the MyOptic lenses.
SparkFun sells a 7" monitor that works perfect as an
outdoor display. To receive the video signal, I used an
Immersion 5. 8 GHz receiver shown in Figure 21.
Futaba Radio Upgrade
If you are serious about getting into aerial robotics, I
can't stress enough how important it is to purchase a
Futaba 8FG radio system. As you add functionality to your
craft, you will need more channels. The FrSky TFR8SB
receiver shown in Figure 23 has the ability to add seven
more channels to your craft. Simply place a jumper on
channel 1, and the remaining channels will be mapped to
channels 9-14 on your transmitter.
APM 2. 5+ System
At the request of a few readers, I decided to pick up an
APM 2. 5+ system. The APM (ArduPilot Mega) is a flight
controller that promises great functionality in the aerial
robotics arena. The controller has a ton of accessories that
can be used to add functionality. Figure 24 shows some of
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