I was wondering if there was a simple built in way of streaming the GPS data of the plane out of Mission Planner into Plugin software to drive a RS-232 Antenna Tracker system?
The info that is needed is Latitude, Longitude, and Altitude. I have a friend that is willing to write a basic Plugin to communicate the info to the serial-Servo driver.
If this info streamable from Mission Planner that would make it easier.
Any insight into this would be helpful...
From Ardupilot Mega Wiki : "You can send NMEA (GPS) output to the serial port. Press control-g and you will get a box asking for a comport and baud rate to output standard nmea data at 2 hz, to any serial port. One application would be to use com2com to emulate a serial port to use with third party applications. "
What format is the NMEA data outputted?
My friend will need this info to write the plugin.
I imagine that it is blank because there isn't an available com port. Look in device manager...Is there a com port listed? If you plug in something into the serial port or a usb dongle that has a virtual com port it will probably show up.
In any case, keep us posted. I am very interested in this project.
the planner supports antenna tracking
control-F then antenna tracking.
WOW.... .Thanks for that... I just ordered the maestro servo controller for my new tracker that I am going to hook up... I did not know about all these hidden menus and features. Thanks again...
What was the first version of APM Planner to have the antenna tracker feature? I seem to only be able to get v1.1.18 (which doesn't have it) to run on my 2GHz/3GB RAM, HP Pavilion laptop - the other versions crash or run extremely slowly.
try installing dot net 3.5. not 4.0, 3.5 and that will probly fix most of your problems
I wanted to let you know that the layout and functionality of you GCS is better then most of the professional GCS software that I have had experience with. I like the ability to prefetch maps for flying in remote locations with no internet. This is one feature that HK GCS needs to add.
By the way I have been trying to figure something out with you GCS.
I have installed a turret gimbal on the underbelly of my plane and I would like to control it via the APM only and not have control of it with the R/C controller. I want to use a usb joystick to move in pan and tilt. I am planing to utilize servo output on the APM 5-6. I am using continuous rotation servos to maximize range of the servos, however I need to set limits of rotation. so what I am asking you is:
Can I set servo limits in the APM to stop the servos from trying to go all the way around? and How?
Can I map the USB Joystick to move the servos with out a RC input to them thru the APM? If so then how?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
for the limits, that should just be a param setting in the planner for those channels. RC5_MAX etc.
for the usb joystick, this i posible to, just use the joystick interface, and leave everything but 5 and 6 to none. i fixed an issue in the planner 1.1.55 that would have prevented this, but it should be fine now. so you can havbe the joystick fully control channel 5 and 6.
Roger that. I will test it as soon as get my parts from Udrones.com. I ordered a week ago and they are not showing shipped yet. I have another setup but it does not have a camera mounted on it.
Again thanks for all your help...
I really like you GCS software. It works great.
Michael, thank you. I'll try that.
BTW, I'm sending you a question about an APM Planner / X-Bee problem in the thread: http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/joystick-is-working-but-disables-....