I thought I'd talk a little bit here about my (crazy?) project of controlling a quadricopter using, amongst other things, a Maestro module.
It's all explained here: http://bitoniau.blogspot.fr/2013/05/usi ... ssion.html
I basically replaced the standard RC transmission system with a home-made one based on WiFi:
- on the ground, I use a WiFi-equipped PC with a joystick to send commands to the Quadricopter
- in the air, the Quadricopter is equipped with a Raspberry Pi (http://www.raspberrypi.org) with WiFi and a Pololu Maestro module. When the PI receives commands, it converts them into PWM signals thanks to the Maestro. The PWM signals then drive a regular RC flight controller (a KK board in my case, something along these lines: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/stor ... 8_PA_.html).
This seems pretty overkill, but it opens the door to a lot of interesting things, like for example dual-commands: http://bitoniau.blogspot.fr/2013/07/qua ... chool.html which works surprisingly well!
Anyway, thanks Pololu for the Maestro, it's pretty awesome to use.
By the way, I've written a cross-platform C++ lib (for Windows, Linux and Mac) to control the Maestro using the serial interface. It's here for everyone to use: https://code.google.com/p/polstro/ and the article that goes with it: http://bitoniau.blogspot.fr/2012/12/con ... puter.html