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.

Members: 553
Latest Activity: Apr 2

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, 2015. 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 German_ti Mar 19, 2017. 13 Replies

Serial to UDP or TCP

Started by Wilhelm Matilainen. Last reply by Strike Eagle III Sep 28, 2016. 12 Replies

Particle electron instead of telemetry radio

Started by Euan Ramsay. Last reply by Hein du Plessis Feb 11. 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

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Comment by Tommy Larsen on May 27, 2012 at 4:17am

Hi Geir

I havent got mu Cotton Candy yet, but i got an email says during this month. So it should be close :)

Comment by Geir R on May 27, 2012 at 4:11am

I'm planning on a similar setup but with an USB cam instead of GoPro. How did you get the Cotton Candy? I tried pre-ordering but haven't heard anything so I'm waiting until end of June for a Raspberry Pi.

Comment by Tommy Larsen on May 26, 2012 at 3:15pm

Hi all

I am collecting hardware now for my IP based system. The plan is as follows:

I use a 3g WLAN-router Huawei E586 and connect the APM2 to this via a RS232 to WIFI (SerialIO device ) device for telemetry. At my GCS i use com0com/hub4com to get the serial data from IP to a virtual serial port. I will also have an onboard Linux computer. I will use my GoPro Hero2 camera and connect this to the linux via a USB video capture device, downgrade the video bitrate and resolution with VLC for Linux and stream this video to my GCS. This will make the video stream less bandwitdh and cost demanding, but still have the full resolution video inside my cam. The video window in APM planner is small enough to view the low resolution video from VLC. The videostream from Linux/VLC is input to APM planner via vCam.

With this system i will have both telemetry and video(no sound) via 3g and "unlimited" range. I will get back to you when everything is in house and connected :)

Comment by Ellis Akins on May 19, 2012 at 11:55pm

I have successfully flown my quadrotor over 3g internet via on-board computer. Soon to be 4g internet. Custom ground station thanks to Cameron Lattz. Full HD video stream and full Mavlink telemetry. More info in future posts soon.

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on May 5, 2012 at 2:25pm

New cellular_modem library, v0.5 ready for testing. The library now supports both APM1 and APM2 hardware, on both ArduCopter and ArduPlane (can be trivially added to Boat or Rover too). 

Instructions and code here:

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 20, 2012 at 12:58pm

Detailed instructions for testing a GSM modem (eg dronecell) with the new Cellular Modem telemetry library have been posted here:

Comment by Andreas M. Antonopoulos on April 17, 2012 at 7:39pm

Update: Have cellular modem working, both TCP/UDP.

more details here

Comment by Veikko Vierola on April 7, 2012 at 4:52am
Dusan, would that device work out of the box with apm? Is it meant to replace physical usb cord with a "wireless usb cord" over gsm network?
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?



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