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Planner wont run

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Oborne Nov 25, 2011. 15 Replies

as of 1.0.96, the planner now used .net framework v4, make sure you have it installed. MichaelContinue

APM Planner Feature you might have missed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gustav Kuhn 7 hours ago. 75 Replies

Hi everybody, i thought i might do a post on some feature that most people may not know about. so here goes. 1. HUD, if you double click the hud it will popout, allowing you to run the hud full…Continue

Tags: Planner, APM

Perfect APM Flight (rev 1373)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Oborne Jan 6, 2011. 6 Replies

 Had a Perfect flight today with very repeatable results. Very happy. I have attached a a kml of the programed flight plan, the actualy flight in kml and the log downloaded from the APM. Im running…Continue

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APM Test flight today r1267

Started this discussion. Last reply by Boston UAV Oct 2, 2012. 1 Reply

 This is a high wing Trainer…Continue


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Gustav Kuhn replied to Michael Oborne's discussion APM Planner Feature you might have missed
"Straight line mission... Ok, I need to set up a "straight line" mission, where the wing would fly down a road/track of about 80 Km, and then loiter, until I establish manual control. Mission Planner tells me "Too long, too many…"
7 hours ago

Michael Oborne replied to Brandon Clifford's discussion APM Mission Planner Issue Report
"Mission planner does not end any pwm to motors, the transmitter does?"

Michael Oborne replied to Oliver Volkmann's discussion MavLink Failed: Getting Param... (sysid1 compid1) and then nothing... in the group ArduCopter User Group
"try turning down your telemetry rates. in the MP config screen."

Michael Oborne replied to Oliver Volkmann's discussion MavLink Failed: Getting Param... (sysid1 compid1) and then nothing... in the group ArduCopter User Group
"you are only getting traffic one way. MP required 2 way traffic. check your wiring."

Michael Oborne replied to Bill English's discussion MP 1.3 changes?
"in the planner settings. tick "advanced"   for new users the interface has been made simple."

Michael Oborne replied to Ryan Walter's discussion Mission planner install
"might be easier to just use the zip file"

Michael Oborne replied to Ryan Walter's discussion Mission planner install
"where are you trying to install it?"

Michael Oborne commented on Mark Williams's blog post First APM controlled aerial photography flight
"how many photos did you and up with?"
Apr 18

Michael Oborne replied to Jay Land's discussion How do I interpret time in Matlab generated TLOG files?
Apr 17

Michael Oborne commented on Sandro Benigno's blog post GeoTagging Images on Mission Planner
"the log is meant to be an arduplane log. not a gpx file"
Apr 13

Michael Oborne replied to Mark Van Haze's discussion Kerosene jet with Arduplane crash analysis
"the apm was still responding, as the alt,roll and pitch where all responding, you can see this via the osd.   but it does look like the attitude solution was messed up. watch the pitch, its at +38 degrees even though its pointing at the water."
Apr 13
Frank Vitale left a comment for Michael Oborne
"Michael,is there any way I could get you to look at an issue I'm having with both the APM 2.6 and pixhawh,as I cannot get anyone to problem is in the unassigned cat /yaw overcompensation/Frank Vitale please I came over from nazaand…"
Apr 9

Michael Oborne replied to Martin Poller's discussion HUD artificial horizon change
"the hud has not changed. double check you don't have the Russian hud enabled. right click the hud screen"
Apr 8

Michael Oborne replied to Brandon's discussion Script for Controlling a gimbal with a Joystick's hat switch
"The current version of MP should support assigning the hatswitch/axis to a gimbal output channel."
Apr 6

Michael Oborne replied to Parker Stephen's discussion Need help using joystick to control Arducopter
"I own a X52, and MP has been tested with one. so long as the joystick shows up in the control panel it should work."
Apr 6

Michael Oborne replied to Jim Wittstruck's discussion Mission Planner update failed
"logs + config.xml + joystick*.xml + gmapcache is you want the cached image data+ srtm if you want the cached elevation data"
Apr 5

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New! APM Planner 1.0

Posted on June 5, 2011 at 7:20am 151 Comments


Over the past couple of weeks I have been busy reworking my original APM Mission Planner. Together with my partner/designer Samantha Nelson we have focused on improving the APM Planner’s interface, ideally resulting in a more intuitive user experience.   

Below are a couple screenshots of the new…


APM Planner - Mavlink

Posted on February 7, 2011 at 4:01pm 10 Comments

The latest APM planner has full pid/planner/gcs while under hil/real using mavlink. Some new features since the last major release are a

simple GCS

Planning via Xbee

HIL via Xbee if you so wish

And the ability to do all the above all at once.

This latest version can be download…


Ardupilot Mega Mission planner

Posted on August 22, 2010 at 9:00pm 93 Comments

Heres a Screenshot of my current work on my Ardupilot Mega mission planner. If you want a look get it here…


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At 8:31pm on June 13, 2011, Clinton Wyatt said…
Hi Michael,
Hopefully very soon, I been busy changing jobs aswell that's why I haven't been down the field much lately,
im hoping to start buying the parts very soon. im going with a Hex setup and then maybe a smaller fun quad. the funny thing is I have been researching all this over a few months now and only just when 1.02 of the mission planner was released did I notice that it was you who designed it.... small world, I remember my 1st day at the field George was telling me about your gps plane as it was doing its auto flights and stuff but yer didnt realise your involvement with the whole thing.
And likewise it awesome knowing I will have a like minded local that I can bounce ideas off and share problems with :o)
At 10:25am on June 17, 2011, The Old Flyer said…


I have noticed a minor problem with the DO_REPEAT_SERVO Command.

The required parameters are: Servo #, PWM, Cycle Count, Cycle time.

Cycle time reverts to 0.


Thanks again for the great work.

At 7:13am on June 22, 2011, JJ said…
Greetings Michael,

Please refer to Chris’s APM Roadmap blog for the introduction:

There could be an opportunity for having a community college in Pennsylvania look into writing some simulation code for quadcopters in the Spring semester 2012. I’ll also see with other schools about trying to start in the Fall semester 2011.

Could an “add-in” be easily linked to your APM Mission Planner without risking screwing-up your first-rate program?

Please let me know!

Cheers, JJ

At 8:09am on June 24, 2011, Daniel Gru said…

Hey Michael,
I have a suggestion for your APM Mission Planner (or maybe it is already in it, and i am to dumb to find it ;-) )
Can we have the city names/street names etc blended in to the google earth map?

Reason being, if i go to my flightfield, yeah i just about know where it will be on the map.
But for example i am planning on taking my copter on holiday this year, if i would want to do a waypoint flight there, it would take ages to find where i am, if not impossible (it will be sweden, so everything just looks green + blue for the lakes :D )


Just an idea...

At 7:48am on June 27, 2011, Hans Kulker said…


I have loaded your APMplanner 1.0.19.

The terminal with the CLI switch  to the left site working.

Firmware can I updaten.

When the CLI switch swithed to the right and I wil connecten for the Flight Data then stopped the connecting by 24 second.

What is the problem

At 12:43am on June 28, 2011, Hans Kulker said…
I request you to disconnect the GPS receiver but to no avail.

The following is true:
2 weeks ago I bought the print.
I then downloaded the 1.0.9 APMplanner and firmware Hexacopter set.
it worked then.

Yesterday I did an update to 1.0.19 APMplanner done.
When did the hexacopter even via USB.
I was not stable.
I did a firmware update from hexacopter.
Now, the communication over USB anymore.

The following is true:
CLI switch to the left
Firmware update works.
Terminal mode of communication works and I can read data from testing.

When I go to the Flight, Configuration, flight planner or Simulation mode, do I connect to.
I get a window Mavlink
After that, we stopped at a timeout of 24 seconds and the program is stuck.

The green, red and Rx LED flashes.

I myself get the idea that on the side of the APMboard is something wrong in the firmware?

I hope you do something with my story, I am waiting for replies.
Excuse my syntax.

At 11:32pm on June 29, 2011, Hans Kulker said…


In response to the problem I have done some further research.
I noted the following:

Mavlink the communication between the USB and APMboard APMplanner is not built
I watched this with the program Portmon
Seems that the firmware gives a wrong answer
So is there anything on the Mavlink resent communication has changed.

This may help to solve the problem.

At 10:39am on July 1, 2011, Hans Kulker said…



I have now updated to APM is 1.0.22 and firmware AC 2.0.31 beta.

I have now the same problem

The USB communicatie with Mavlink is not fixed.

At 4:12am on July 5, 2011, Clinton Wyatt said…
buying more parts with my tax return so will have the hexacopter done by next month :o) YAY
At 9:33am on July 8, 2011, The Old Flyer said…


Here are the notes I made during the test of Planner 1.0.30 and my APM2560 board.


NOTE: APM System is installed in the Telemaster 

PC: Dell INSPIRON N4010  

PC Port:  USB   COM 4 115200 bd


Operation of HIL with:

Release version of APM, latest Planner, APM2560, IMU rev H


APM Version APM 2.2.1

X-Plane Version 9.70 

Planner Version 1.0.30 Build 1.0.4205.36092  


Started Planner with console on: 

Request stream MAV_DATA_STREAM_EXTENDED_STATUS at 1 hz : currently 0

bps 1160 loss 2 left 11

remote lost 0

... ... ...


Planner > Firmware > ArduPilotMega 2.2.1 HIL

Mode: CLI Terminal > setup > erase > reset > radio > modes > logs

(Show Settings worked)

Mode: FLY

Planner > Configuration > Connect  (no param values)  Went to Flight Planner then back to Configuration. Parameters now updated.

Load .param file > (several green boxes) Write Pids  NO ERROR MESSAGES!

Planner > Flight Planner > Load WP File > LOOKS GOOD!

Started X-Plane > Located plane at end of runway (paused)

Planner > Simulation (Gains as before) > Start

X-Plane > Take Off  CRASH!


I am sure the problem is the board.  This afternoon I will replace the 2560 board with the old 1280 one.


Thanks for your help.

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