TeraBee TOF RangeFinders

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The TeraBee EVO family of rangefinders are lightweight distance measurement sensors based on infrared Time-of-Flight (TOF) technology. They are much faster than ultrasound and smaller, lighter and require less power than laser-based lidar but also have a shorter outdoor range.

Note

Specifications are derived from tests in controlled conditions. Bright sunlight, target surface reflectivity and other variables will affect sensor performance. The combination of very bright sunshine and low reflectivity targets (such as grass) can reduce maximum range to 10m or less. For additional information, please find the following <https://terabee.b-cdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/TeraRanger-Evo-60m-Test-Results-Report-Outdoor.pdf>`__

More technical information about these senors can be found below:

Discontinued:

  • Evo600Hz
  • TeraRanger One

Note

These rangefinders are only supported in ArduPilot autopilots via I2C protocol.

Connecting to the TeraRanger EVO via I2C

The TeraRanger EVO sensor can be easily connected to the Pixhawk or other ArduPilot with the open-ended cable included with the sensor.

EVO I2C backboard pins Pixhawk I2C port pins
1 Tx  
2 Rx  
3 GND  
4 SDA 3 SDA
5 SCL 2 SCL
6  
7 VCC 1 VCC
8 GND 4 GND
9  

Note

Do not power from autopilot port, unless port is known to have sufficient current capability. If this is the case just connect the SCL/SDA lines from the rangefinder to the autopilot’s I2C signals of the same name.

Note

some of these rangefinders consume over 100ma of current and should NOT be powered from the autopliots’s I2C port, but from an external 5V regulated supply source.

Note

For more information please visit this link <https://www.terabee.com/connection-to-pixhawk-autopilots-teraranger-evo/>`__

Setup in Mission Planner

To use the TeraRanger EVO sensor as rangefinder, connect with Mission Planner and open the CONFIG/Full Parameter List menu and set:

  • RNGFNDx_MAX_CM: This parameter sets the maximum distance that the rangefinder is used by the autopilot.
  • RNGFNDx_MIN_CM: This parameter set the minimum distance that the rangefinder is used by the autopilot.
  • RNGFNDx_ADDR: 48 (for TeraRanger One) or 49 (for EVO series), 0 will disable the rangefinder setup.
  • RNGFNDx_TYPE: 14
  • RNGFNDx_ORIENT: 25 (for downward facing). If used for Object Avoidance or ceiling distancing, instead of altitude ranging, mount and chose the appropriate orientatioin.

Values for the rangefinders are shown below:

  EVO60M EVO40M EVO15M EVO3M EVOMini EVO600Hz Terranger One
RNGFNDx_MAX_CM 6000 4000 1500 300 330 800 1400
RNGFNDx_MIN_CM 50 50 50 50 3 75 20
RNGFNDx_ADDR 49 49 49 49 49 49 48
Power Required 5V/330ma 5V/330ma 5V/330ma 5V/330ma 5V/50ma 5V/190ma 10-20V/120ma
Notes 1 1 1 1   1 2
  1. Do not power from autopilot port, unless port is known to have sufficient current capability.
  2. Requires 3.3V to 5V level shifting to connect to autopilots I2C signals
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MissionPlanner Setup for using TeraRanger One sensor on autopilot

Testing the sensor

The distances read by the TeraRanger EVO sensor can be displayed on the Mission Planner Flight Data menu. The Status button the left will show status values. Then choose “sonarrange”.

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Mission Planner: Setting to display rangefinder data on the Flight Datascreen

Warning

When the autopilot boots, the rangefinder needs to already be powered on, or at least be powered on at the same time as the autopilot. If you power the rangefinder after the autopilots has booted, it will not be recognized since the autopilot will have already scanned its I2C bus for devices!