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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 Apr 29. 82 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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Michael Oborne replied to Edgar Scott's discussion Windows 8 MP does not show beta, but Windows 7 does in the group ArduCopter User Group
"goto the planner options, and check advanced."
Jul 10

Michael Oborne left a comment for Michael Oborne
"like I said, its a google limitation, remove at your own risk"
Jul 1
Elios left a comment for Michael Oborne
"We found it is in the source code of the mission planner:Mission Planner source code file ElevationProfile.cs line 186             if (list.Count < 2 || coords.Length > (2048 - 256) || distance > 50000)  …"
Jun 30

Michael Oborne left a comment for Elios
"the limit is imposed by google. and pulled at every 100 m"
Jun 30
Elios left a comment for Michael Oborne
"HI Michael, we found in the source code of the mission planner that the limit set of the elevation graph is 50km, we need to know how can we fix it? "
Jun 30

Michael Oborne left a comment for Elios
"Please try the latest beta MP, as I have added srtm support."
Jun 30
Elios left a comment for Michael Oborne
"HI Michael, we are doing a demo for a client who wants to do pipeline surveillance and we are trying to do a mission planner over 30 miles, but when when we click on the elevation graph, we are getting the message that it cannot be done. We need…"
Jun 30
Jose Maldonado left a comment for Michael Oborne
"MIchael, I am using Mission Planner v1.3.5 and there's a Motor Compass Interference test in config/tuning >> optional hardware >> compass/motor calibration.  1. How do I run that test or where could I find proper…"
Jun 11

Michael Oborne commented on Ragnvald Larsen's blog post Converting shapefiles to .poly files using a small python-script
"just the latest beta MP, if you press control-F, and click shp to poly, it will do the same as what you have created here. create multiple poly files from the one shape file.MP internaly support loading WP files from shape files, but not poly…"
Jun 4

Michael Oborne replied to Gabriel's discussion Wondering about "Microdrone" button
"no, MP will emit data the same as a md4-1000. it will not read it."
Jun 4

Michael Oborne replied to Gabriel's discussion Wondering about "Microdrone" button
"That button works the reverse to what your thinking.   it output APM data as if it where a microdrone."
Jun 4

Michael Oborne replied to Bernt Christian Egeland's discussion Pixhawk <-> RPI - UDP connection fails.
"can you please try the latest MP beta. help > update beta.   and tell me the error you see now. it should be a different error than last time"
Jun 3

Michael Oborne replied to Ken Gaines's discussion Using external imagery/maps with MP?
May 26

Michael Oborne replied to Ken Gaines's discussion Using external imagery/maps with MP?
"which solution do you want to use?"
May 26

Michael Oborne replied to TheMightyThor's discussion Mission Planner 1.33 Compass Error and HUD Not Refreshing
"chris what version where you using? and can I get the tlog?"
May 25

Michael Oborne replied to Ken Gaines's discussion Using external imagery/maps with MP?
"yes, if you use globalmapper to export a tileset, or use a wms source."
May 25

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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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