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And now, ladies and gentlemen, we present a view of the whole thing shipshape and Bristol fashion, with the Raspberry Pi reinstalled:

View of the complete installed avionics rig

For clarity, feast you eyes on this astounding annotated version of the above:

Annotated version of the Vulture 2 avionics rig photo

A few notes:

  • The Raspberry Pi is still lacking its breakout board, with accelerometer, GPS and Radiometrix transmitter. The board will sit atop the Pi and connect via the GPIO.
  • The USB to TTL gizmo is to connect the Pi to the Pixhawk via the latter's second telemetry socket. Try this fetching close-up:

The USB - serial interface to connect the Pi to the Pixhawk

  • The Velcro battery platform has space for two racks of AAs - four for the Pixhawk and R/C systems, and four for the Pi.
  • For operational purposes, the batteries are connected by cables soldered directly to the terminals. The battery holder shown here is for testing.

Finally, for absolute clarity and those of you who haven't been paying attention at the back, here are all the components of the Pixhawk rig for your viewing pleasure:

Schematic showing all the bits and connections of our Vulture 2 Pixhawk rig

Oh, hold on, we nearly forgot. Our impressed Playmonaut took a moment to try out his new seat, courtesy of some Playmobil aircraft breaker's yard down on eBay. The USB to TTL acts as a handy table aboard what is a right-hand-drive spaceplane, which is only right and proper:

The Playmonaut in his seat aboard the Vulture 2

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More from the lovely LOHAN:

  • You can find full LOHAN coverage right here.
  • If you're new to LOHAN, seek out our mission summary for enlightenment.
  • There are photos our our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane here, and detailed structural plans here.
  • For your further viewing pleasure, we have all our photographic material stored on Flickr.
  • Our LOHAN and Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) videos live on YouTube.
  • We sometimes indulge in light consensual tweeting, as you can see here.

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