Andropilot Users Group

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Introduction to Andropilot

Andropilot is an open source android based ground control system (GCS).  

Before posting questions in this group, please check the excellent wiki manual maintained Peter Meister.  If you find missing bits in the manual, please ask here and then update the wiki based on what you learn.  Together we will keep this manual complete and up-to-date.

For most users the required hardware is:

  • An Android phone or tablet (preferably tablet) with USB 'host mode' support.  Most newer devices have this but you should check (and then update) our compatibility list.
  • Operating system 4.0 or later (all supported versions of android should be equivalent now, except for direct connection of APMs.  Direct APM connection will be slow for androids before version 4.2)
  • A USB host mode adapter.  Probably something like this.
  • A supported autopilot (please update this wiki page as you test new devices)
  • A telemetry link (the 3dr 915/400MHz radios are recommended - they seem to work better than the xbee radios for this application)

Feature list:

  • Super clean user interface
  • Rock solid
  • GamePad support - you can use this for basic vehicle control, with no need for a RC transmitter/receiver.
  • Built in touchscreen joystick overlay with haptic feedback.
  • Direct control & monitoring of ArduPlane/Copter with no PC required. Just a $5 USB adapter cable and your Android tablet or phone (Android 3.1 or later). No rooting or hardware mods required.
  • Bluetooth to serial adapter support - useful for phones that don't support USB host mode.
  • Warnings about high levels of solar radiation (GPS outage inducing)
  • Map view
  • Parameter editing (with parameter documentation)
  • Waypoint editing (including setting waypoint type/parameters etc...)
  • Shares your flights via (G+, Facebook, Google Earth).
  • Follow-me mode to have the vehicle follow you
  • Lead-it mode to steer/move vehicle by turning your body and tilting the tablet
  • Vehicle mode display & control (AUTO, STABILIZE, etc...)
  • Speech output (for mode, altitude and battery alerts)
  • Capture tlog files to sdcard
  • Direct connect to USB on the APM
  • RC channel 'raw' view
  • 3DR telemetry module support
  • Warnings for low battery, low rssi, or low GPS sat count
  • Fully android 'native' (Scala backend talks directly to the USB device and renders the frontend)
  • UDP link (either as a client or a server)
  • TCP link (as a client)
  • Special support for the Archos GamePad
  • Monitor your vehicle through an optional Pebble smart watch.

Current release You can download from the Google play store.  

(See the discussions below for particular releases - releases are just too frequent to keep updating this header text)

Discussion Forum

Connection problems 3dr radio look alike: Andropilot Users Group

Started by Edward Shave. Last reply by phamyen Dec 1, 2019. 14 Replies

Not sure if I have an odd setup here or just something intended for an older version apm.…Continue

Andropilot says Looking for Vehicle -- same radio works fine in Mission Planner

Started by Ryan. Last reply by Peeters Oct 8, 2018. 5 Replies

My last working configuration was APM 2.6 with Xbee 2.4 GHz radios. This worked great in both Andropilot and Mission Planner. I swapped out the Xbee radios for 3DR 915 MHz radios. The new radios work…Continue

Virtual joystick

Started by Al MArra. Last reply by Al MArra Feb 14, 2017. 1 Reply

Is there anyway to adjust the settings on the virtual joystick. I can drive the rover forward and turn, but I can't go in reverse? Continue

1.6.01 released to beta test group - include on-screen joystick with haptic feedback...

Started by Kevin Hester. Last reply by Al MArra Feb 9, 2017. 16 Replies

The main feature for this release is something Randy asked me to add: Good on  screen…Continue

Tags: joystick, andropilot, haptic

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Comment by Jared Reabow on April 7, 2013 at 9:03am

you guys should check out droidplanner in google play, offers the same stuff as this one and soon to offer more!

It even has on screen joystick control.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 3, 2013 at 10:10am

Flew today for five minutes before the rain arrived. Simply amazing! Well done.

Comment by novrizal herdananto on March 28, 2013 at 6:18am

tested with Sony Xperia Pro mk16i with 4.0.4, worked great..

Comment by Jens Pfeifle on March 25, 2013 at 4:29pm

Nexus 4 owners: Progress with USB OTG!

Comment by Jim Wittstruck on March 2, 2013 at 10:04pm

How do you set waypoint radius. loiter radius, etc?

Comment by Tsobanoglou Yoann on February 18, 2013 at 11:32pm

Love it,

Tried it yesterday night, was able to switch 3 modes, and select waypoints, the only problem I got was the modes not selected on my 6 TX channels dont seem to get selected if I choose them from the tablet. Which might me normal considering they are not configured in the APM.

Comment by Kevin Hester on February 18, 2013 at 6:41pm

Arion - I moved your question to a thread.  Once you see this note can you delete your comment?  (Threads help keep discussions tidy)



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