Ambient

I think I’ve finally worked out how the zero-g offset drift against temperature needs doing, or in fact, why it doesn’t .

But first I feel the need to share this set of figures that got me there:

Ambient Offsets

Ambient Offsets

To get the values for these, I booted HoG in a variety of temperature environments, and read the zero-g offsets.  “Doesn’t look too bad”, you may think?  Except the environments ranged from a beer fridge packed with ice-blocks, through to our warmest room in the house with the heating on full – the graph should show a temperature range greater than 20°C, and yet there’s only 7ºC.  And 7ºC is about the temperature rise from chip-boot to 1kHz sampling.

I’ve had concerns previously about how this sensor works – in the spec, the absolute temperature equations uses “ambient” without providing a concise definition of what that means. But assuming ‘ambient’ is an arbitrary value measured at chip-boot, then regardless of the environment (e.g. Arctic vs. Sahara), then the zero-G offsets need to be calibrated against the temperature difference between current temperature sensor output and the ‘ambient’ temperature sensor when first powered up – in this case 7ºC.

And that means that as long as temperature doesn’t drift too much during a flight (i.e. power her up in the environment she needs to fly in), then the offsets are nearly static (according to the spec ±1.5mg/°C or 1.5cm/s/s/ºC)  , and can be read in any temperature-stable environments and used in any other environment.

I think that means I need to change my calibration method so read the ambient, and then all changes to ambient while doing a 10s 1kHz sampling run.  I’ll try that in my home Arctic and Sahara and see if it holds true.

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