OpenPilot CopterControl Platform

The OpenPilot CopterControl Platform – a single board self-stabilizing controller for planes, quads and helicopters.


The CopterControl & CC3D boards are an all-in-one stabilization hardware which runs the OpenPilot firmware. It can fly any airframe from fixed wing to an octocopter and is configured and monitored using the OpenPilot Ground Control Station (GCS) software. The retail CC3D board comes with everything pictured above3D printable cases are available for extra physical protection.
In 2012 the Original CopterControl boards were discontinued due to lack of available gyro sensors, The board was slightly revised and released with a new gyro sensor that is less effected by temperature changes. The new revision is called CC3D, other than the single sensor it is identical to the original CopterControl. Both CopterControl & CC3D boards are 100% compatible when updated to the v3 bootloader. Any documentation pertaining to the original CopterControl board also applies to the new CC3D.
The board shares a lot with the Revolution platform, including the powerful OpenPilot architecture and the cross-platform Ground Control Station (GCS).
CopterControl from the OpenPilot project introduces a new generation of multi-purpose aircraft stabilization platforms. The CopterControl platform has been designed from the ground up to perform the following functions:

  • a MultiRotor controller with auto-level, including TriCopters, QuadCopters and HexaCopters
  • a Flybarless Helicopter controller with auto-level
  • a Fixed Wing UAV controller

The CopterControl hardware has the following features:

  • Powerful STM32 32-bit microcontroller running at 90MIPs with 128KB Flash and 20KB RAM
  • 3-axis high-performance MEMs gyros and 3-axis high-performance MEMs accelerometer
  • Tiny 36mmx36mm 4 layer PCB for superior electrical noise reduction and flight performance.
  • Software support for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Direct high speed USB support with no drivers required, a truly plug and play device.
  • Spektrum satellite receiver support
  • Futaba S-BUS hardware support
  • Innovative Flexi-port technology for superior port flexibility
  • 4Mbits on-board EEPROM for configuration storage

Flexiport
CopterControl also offers the innovative Flexi-port which provides either I2C connectivity or a second serial port. Flexi-port gives CopterControl the flexibility to use either I2C and a single serial port or dual serial ports, according to your connectivity needs.
Superior user experience
We have tried to make your experience with OpenPilot as easy and trouble-free as possible. Naturally for a high-end product, the hardware is complete; there is nothing to solder. The included RC harness allows you to connect any standard PWM receiver. All CopterControl boards are tested before shipping and come with bootloader already flashed. A standard mini-USB cable is used to load the latest firmware and configure everything for your unique airframe.
The OpenPilot project, whist still young, it trying to make Open Source much more user friendly. OpenPilot software is designed to be used by everybody! All major operating systems are supported and install packages are provided. The software is all Free software under the GPLv3 license and not only are you welcome to hack it, but we encourage it!
Everything you need
You won’t need to buy add-on boards or extra chip programmers. While it may be common practice among other projects to nickel and dime for extra parts or sell unfinished hardware to make a profit, the OpenPilot project simply believes in providing superior hardware at the lowest possible cost.
Don’t be fooled by the price. CopterControl provides comparable functionality to other high-end autopilots at a small fraction of the cost. Commercial projects will charge what they can get away with, regardless of quality or features. The non-profit OpenPilot project is different. Consider getting involved and helping us progress.

The tiny CC3D board, just 36x36mm, installs easily on just about any craft. Designed to be vibration-resistant, the board can be mounted at any angle. Supplied with the board is a Receiver Cable Set (which also supplies power to the board).
There’s an onboard mini-USB connector for easy, quick connection to the Ground Control Station (GCS) for configuration and calibration of the CopterControl.
Sensors and Components

    3-axis Gyroscope array: IDG-500 and ISZ-500

  • 3-axis Accelerometer: ADXL345
  • Supports several common RC inputs: 6 PWM channels, combined PPM, Spektrum/JR DSM2, DSMJ, DSMX satellites, and Futaba S.Bus receivers
  • Simultaneous support for multiple receivers
  • ReceiverPort functions (configurable): 6 PWM input channels or combined PPM stream, 4 PWM output channels
  • MainPort functions (configurable): serial telemetry (default), GPS, S.Bus, Spektrum/JR satellites
  • FlexiPort (configurable): serial telemetry, GPS, Spektrum/JR satellites, or I2C peripherals (under development)
  • 10 PWM outputs to servos or ESC’s, or for camera stabilization
  • Camera stabilization: supports up to 3-axis camera mounts with stabilization and manual control from any of configured receivers
  • Onboard USB connectivity for easy configuration
  • USB and serial telemetry and configuration (including wireless with optional radio modules)
  • Supported by powerful OpenPilot GCS
  • 4 Mbit onboard memory
  • 3C Quaternion based complementary filter running at 500Hz

On CC3D the IDG-500, ISZ-500 and ADXL345 is replaced by the MPU6000.

The OpenPilot Ground Control Station (GCS) is available for Windows, Mac and Linux. Download the latest version.

CopterControl Components: