Hey guys, we're planning of putting a Raspberry Pi on our quadcopter UAVs to do any heavy number crunching.
The quadcopters are in kit form, and they're designed for academic and hobbyist use, and contain a variety of sensors including GPS for autonomous navigation. It already uses an ARM microcontroller (Cortex-M3 at 72MHz) for the stabilisation and sensor fusion code, so really the Raspberry Pi is there to deal with any high-level application stuff like machine vision. The microcontroller can talk to Raspberry Pi via USB HID. We haven't planned on using Raspberry Pi to run any of the actual flying code, although no reason why it shouldn't since all the sensors are on I2C and we only need 4 to 8 GPIOs for the motor controls
Does anyone know where I can find the dimension information for the mounting holes on the Raspberry Pi board? I've emailed the Raspberry Pi people about this, and I haven't gotten a response.
We're already altering the design for the quadcopter frames for the next batch of kits so that they're "Raspberry Pi ready" for anyone who wants install a Raspberry Pi on their quadcopter UAV. (We'll see if the great folks behind Raspberry Pi would be interested in letting us sell Raspberry Pi along with the quadcopter as part of the kit so people can pull it out of the box, assemble it and start flying)
This is the quadcopter kit that we'd like to design to be "Raspberry Pi Ready": http://www.universalair.co.uk/rofl