The Quadrino is a pretty powerful little flight controller, packing an ATmega 2560, inertial measurement unit (IMU), barometer, and GPS on board. The flight controller also offers plenty of expansion ports. There are I/O headers to interact
with the ATmega, and two I2C and three UART ports
exposed! Everything from sonic rangers to camera triggers
could be attached to these ports.
After UPS dropped off the box at my doorstep, I
immediately cut into it and was surprised to find a hard
plastic case inside. Yes, the nano comes packaged in a hard
case with custom foam inserts! This was instantly a treat
compared to the crushed cardboard boxes our electronics
so often show up in. Inside the box is a set of cables for
the drone, USB micro cable, GPS, a few tools, double-stick
tape, flight controller, connector chart card, and
Lynxmotion sticker (Figure 1).
After pulling out the foam, the rest of the goodies
come out and can
be laid out on
(Figure 2). I have
to say, that the
attention to detail
in the packaging
was really nice,
and it’s good to
for testing (as
there is a safe
place for the
Quadrino to live.
Looking at the
nano, you can see
it’s only about the
diameter of a can
of soda. There are
connectors on the
The Lynxmotion Quadrino
Nano Flight Controller
There is a plethora of flight controllers on the
market. Some tout their small size and low cost.
Others offer advanced flight planning
functionality. Yet others aim to target the true
tinkerer with open source firmware that can be
hacked to add features. I was thrilled when
RobotShop offered to let me evaluate their
Lynxmotion Quadrino Nano flight controller
module. This flight controller hits many of the
check boxes for most hobbyists in a tiny package.
This month, we will unbox and install the
Quadrino on our homebuilt quad, and play with
some of the settings to get into the air.
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Figure 1: The flight controller comes in a nicely formed
ABS case with all the cables grouped by function, and a
handy reference card for the flight controller’s ports.
Figure 2: Digging into the case further, you’ll find
a hardware kit, double-stick tape, USB cable, and
By John Leeman