Telemetry over cellular IP

Develop standard, re-usable inexpensive solutions for IP-enabled always-on UAVs over cellular IP networks such as GPRS, 3G, 4G etc.

Primary goal: Telemetry over low cost cellular [achieved in testing]

Secondary goal: Bi-directional GCS/Telemetry over cellular IP [achieved in testing]

Tertiary goal: High speed IP for streaming IP video over cellular 3G/4G

STATUS: Bi-directional telemetry over cellular IP (UDP or TCP) is now working. It has been flown successfully while logging live telemetry to a GCS at home, several miles away [distance is really unlimited]. Currently working on improving code, more testing and broader hardware support.

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Current (most common) Telemetry Architecture

Proposed Architecture:

Discussion Forum

Cellular Modem library development

Started by Andreas M. Antonopoulos. Last reply by Miguel Angel Perez Nov 13, 2014. 43 Replies

Using RN-XV wifly module for telemetry (iPhone / Android)

Started by Ryan Rasmussen. Last reply by Tommy Larsen Jan 7, 2013. 37 Replies

Iridium GO! satellite telemetry?

Started by Guillermo Ortiz. Last reply by Bruce Baxter Oct 13. 19 Replies

Hooking up Drone cell

Started by Jonathan McClanahan. Last reply by Richard Sterling Oct 22, 2014. 17 Replies

Adding GPRS Telemetry to Walkera X350 Pro

Started by Robert Haddad. Last reply by Robert Haddad Oct 4, 2014. 12 Replies

Serial to UDP or TCP

Started by Wilhelm Matilainen. Last reply by deadhurricane Nov 3. 10 Replies

Add AT/Modem commands to Arducopter v2.9.1

Started by Bernt Christian Egeland. Last reply by Veikko Vierola Jul 30, 2013. 10 Replies

Telemetry over ethernet

Started by Dylan Eave. Last reply by Dylan Eave Jan 5. 9 Replies

Pixhawk+drone cell+4G

Started by Eyeindasky. Last reply by apm makeflyeasy May 13, 2014. 9 Replies

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Comment by Dusan on April 6, 2012 at 8:48pm

No not yet, I just red about it at and I thought sharing  

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 6, 2012 at 8:44pm


That module would work. Are you building one?

Comment by Dusan on April 6, 2012 at 8:40pm

They nailed it ! right on !!

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 4, 2012 at 3:56pm

I need volunteer beta testers for the DroneCell code. If you have a dronecell and are willing to help me test code, let me know.

No experience needed - in fact I want to see what happens with the code if used by "regular" Ardupilot users who are not IP savvy. After all, it should be as "plug and play" as the Xbee, that's a stated goal. 

Anyone? See here:

Comment by Veikko Vierola on April 2, 2012 at 11:43pm

Andreas, is the DronCell supporting 3G?

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 2, 2012 at 12:36pm

DroneCell arrived today. Starting development of a basic driver. 

Comment by Ray on March 29, 2012 at 1:38pm

you can attach your android phone to the UAV and use apps like CloudCam as a mjpeg video link, it lets you choose the resolution and quality to get less lag. Also you can use Trackme to get a GPS position, altitude, speed and bearing and tracking path, all on google maps. But is there a way to control the servos with the phone without having a science degree?

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on March 28, 2012 at 7:15pm

Got the PhoneDrone talking to my Android phone, previously got it talking to the APM telemetry, so now I'm just stitching the software to get it all the way to the GCS. Progress at last...

Comment by OG on March 28, 2012 at 6:07am

The GPRS USB modem is a good idea as well !

Comment by OG on March 28, 2012 at 6:06am

The steps I described is for a UAV IP is IP whether on the ground or in the air the principles remain the same. The components I suggested are small enough to fit on UAV. Android ADK route is redundant because you can use a most phone as a wifi hot spot you do not need your phone to be connected To the APM to give it access to the telemetry. you can use Bluetooth or wifi. all that is needed is something to do the IP routing. I have also seen ADK developers take the same rout using bluetooth instead of weir for PTZ camera control. the issues is that GCS does not support IP right now. I would like to see GCS offer IP & joystick control. Phone drone will run diy droned software along with any ADK developed software but the board has no IMU sensors. How to integrate suported IMU with phone drone ?


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