Making autonomous computer vision based drones? Need help with setting up flight controller?

Hi, So I want to make an autonomous drones with implementation on of some selected SLAM algorithms. I just want the drone to send me images and IMU values for sensor data merging (visual inertial methods). I want to use a pixhawk (the cheaper one) with a raspberry pi/ Asus tinkerBoard for this purpose. I have the following questions:

  1. How to setup pixhawk (flashed with px4) with a companion computer?
  2. This page suggests using px4 firmware with a raspberry pi? Does that mean the raspberry pi will be working as a flight controller or I’ll need to connect a px4 based FC?
  3. What is cheapest board you can suggest me to use for this project? I’ve tried my luck with APM 2.8 but that was a waste of money.
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You might want to try plowing through the relevant documentation in the user guide as well as in the dev guide

For robotics/offboard applications, start here and read all of the documentation, it might help you make a more informed choice.

For flight controllers, take a look at the options here

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Thanks. I bought a Pixhawk 2.4.8. I also have an Nvidia Jetson nano which I want to use as a companion computer . I’m trying to connect it to Pixhawk via GPIO pins but there’s no communication.
Can you please help me with this?

Hi @atmadeep
I assume this is due to the GPIO permissions. You need to run sudo chmod 777 /dev/ttyTHS0 everytime in Jetson Nano to establish communication. I would recommend using FTDI USB To TTL Serial Converter Adapter.

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