KOGGER Underwater Sonar

The KOGGER Sonar is a compact and low-cost underwater echosounder module with UART interface, 5-14Volts Power Supply Voltage.

../_images/kogger-sonar.jpg

Configuring the echosounder module

The module should be configured before it is connected to the ArduPilot. You need the KOGGER Sonar module connected to computer. The GUI is opensource Kogger Application.

  • Make the following adjustment in the GUI:
../_images/kogger-application.png
  • Select the assigned COM-port and press green RUN button
  • Set the following rangefinder parameters:
    • Max distance = 50000
    • Dead zone = 100
    • Confidence = 0
  • Set the following transducer parameters:
    • Pulse count = 10
    • Frequency = 700kHz
    • Booster = ON
  • Set the following dataset parameters:
    • Period = 100ms
    • Rangefinder = NMEA
  • Press “Flash settings”

That’s it. The module is ready to use with autopilot.

Connecting to the ArduPilot hardware

The KOGGER Sonar provides distance measurements using the NMEA protocol over serial/uart.

If the SERIAL2 (TELEM2) is used then the following parameters should be set:

../_images/kogger-sonar-pixhawk.png

The sensor can be connected to any available serial/uart port on the autopilot. In the diagram below the first sensor is connected to SERIAL2 (TELEM2).

Then the following range finder related parameters should be set:

Testing the sensor

Distances read by the sensor can be seen in the Mission Planner’s Flight Data screen’s Status tab. Look closely for “sonarrange”.

../_images/mp_rangefinder_lidarlite_testing.jpg