Flying with a game controller: RC through an Intel Edison



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This report details the development of a custom radio controller suitable for operating a small quadcopter as an alternative to traditional RC transmitters. The controller was designed for portability and configurability and prioritizes small, lightweight, and inexpensive components. The resulting assembly comprises a PlayStation 3 controller, an Intel Edison on a Mini-Breakout Board, a Digi X6B Xbee radio, and an Arduino Pro Mini. The controller was used to operate a DJI Flame Wheel F450 frame with a 3DR Pixhawk autopilot. The report details configuring these components and offers insight into the peculiarities of flying a quadcopter with a gaming controller.