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Labview GroundStation and Google Earth, adding ability to click point on map and upload on the fly

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bill Porter Jun 23, 2010. 10 Replies

Hey guys, I have been working on my own LabView based GroundStation for my UGV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNZccRC8ZekAnd I would like to…Continue

Tags: Earth, Google, LabView, Station, Ground

U-Blox has bad connection with DIYdrones UBlox adapter board

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sgt Ric Apr 12, 2010. 9 Replies

Hey guys,I bought a U-blox with adapter from the store here, and started playing with it. I plan to put into my ground, SAGAR.  Details ->…Continue

Tags: gps, board, adapter, Ublox

 

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Electrical Engineer working for the Navy building Autonomous Robots.
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www.billporter.info
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Panama City Beach

A little about me.

24 and living in Panama City Beach, Florida I am a Electrical Engineer for the US Navy. I love robotics and electronics. I am new to UAVs but excited to build one.



Here is a video if my best robot yet, built as a Senior Design project.


and below are photos of my latest drone, SAGAR. More info on my website, www.billporter.info

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Complete (hacked) setup for being able to load a Waypoint in the air.

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 4:46pm 4 Comments

I'm posting this for those that didn't catch it in the comments of Varun's last post.



Between Varun's modified Ardupilot code, and my modified LabView Ground Station code, there is now a complete setup available to those that have been looking for in-the-air waypoint updates.… Continue

Getting Data BACK from Google Earth and Into LabView GroundStations.

Posted on June 23, 2010 at 5:32pm 10 Comments

We all know it's easy to display information on Google Earth, like the position of a UAV. However getting information back, like the GPS coordinates of a mouse click, is another story. I really wanted to give my LabView GroundStation for my UGV SAGAR the ability the to 'click and go' anywhere on the Google Earth map. This is similar to the various wishes I have heard around here for the ability to upload new waypoints to ArduPilot while she's flying.



Well, I figured out how to do it,… Continue

The Trouble with Communications

Posted on April 28, 2010 at 6:16pm 0 Comments

Hey guys,



I'm still working on the next installment on my SAGAR drone, however my progress has slowed, as I suddenly find myself in Boston for 7 weeks. Life can be very exciting when you work for the Department of Defense.



In the mean time, I have been asked by a few people over at SocietyofRobots.com on how SAGAR's micro-controller (an Axon) communicates with LabView. Instead of a bland answer, I spent s little time writting about the different problems hobbyist can run… Continue

My own DIY drone, complete with LabView 'Ground Station' Part 1b

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 8:30am 3 Comments

Hey guys,



I have been wanting to fully document my SAGAR (Semi Autonomous GPS Assisted Rover) for some time now, and the 'ardupilot goes into the water' series has been so entertaining, it gave me the motivation to finally start. The first post was simply a demonstration of the LabView ground station, which has been redesigned one last time before my girlfriend is turning in the project. First I'll show the new interface, and talk about how it communicates with SAGAR, and give some…

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