LightWare SF1XX Lidar

LightWare develops a range of light-weight, general purpose, laser altimeters ("Lidar") suitable for mounting on UAVs. These are useful for applications including terrain following, precision hovering (e.g. for photography), warning of regulatory height limits, anti-collision sensing etc.

LightWare SF11/C Lidar

PX4 supports the following LightWare Lidar rangefinders:

  • SF02 (50 m)
  • SF10/A (25 m)
  • SF10/B (50 m)
  • SF10/C (100m) (Discontinued)
  • SF11/C (120 m)
  • LW20 (100 m) - Waterproofed (IP67) with servo for sense-and-avoid applications

Configuring Lidar

Newer sensors/versions require no additional configuration.

Older sensors may be miss-configured to have an I2C address equal to 0x55 (this conflicts with rgbled module). On Linux systems you may be able to determine the address using i2cdetect. If the I2C address is equal to 0x66 the sensor can be used with PX4.

Hardware Setup

The lidars can be connected to I2C or serial ports, depending on their type:

  • Serial: SF02, SF10/a, SF10/b, SF10/c, SF11/c
  • I2C: SF10/a, SF10/b, SF10/c, SF11/c, SF/LW20

I2C Hardware Setup

Connect the Lidar the autopilot I2C port as shown below (in this case, for the Pixhawk 1).

SF1XX LIDAR to I2C connection

Configuring PX4

The only configuration required is to set the connection bus and type of the rangefinder. You can do this in QGroundControl Settings > Parameters.

If the lidar is connected to a serial port, set the SENS_EN_SF0X parameter to match the rangefinder model and then reboot:

  • 0: Disabled
  • 1: SF02
  • 2: SF10/a
  • 3: SF10/b
  • 4: SF10/c
  • 5: SF11/c

If the lidar is connected to I2C, set the SENS_EN_SF1XX parameter to match the rangefinder model and then reboot:

  • 0: Disabled
  • 1: SF10/a
  • 2: SF10/b
  • 3: SF10/c
  • 4: SF11/c
  • 5: SF/LW20
© PX4 Dev Team. License: CC BY 4.0            Updated: 2018-01-18 00:51:04

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