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ArduPilot Ground Control Station ready for public beta testing

LabVIEW based ArduPilot Ground Control Station ( GCS) is ready for public beta test.

GCS wiki
: See wiki for installation and configuration instructions (read through it, or at least watch video… Continue

Added by automatik on May 12, 2010 at 9:30pm — 64 Comments

UAVs everywhere

I guess UAVs are getting more popular, as I am seeing more articles about them in not so traditional places ( although below linked article is from Electronic Design magazine so I guess theme fits ...)

It's a fairly general overview type of an article but still interesting…


Added by automatik on April 13, 2010 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

ScanEagle Video

I came across ScanEagle video on EngineeringTV that showed ffew things that I din't know about it - each wing is attached to fuselage by one pin, motor mount is very flexible ( for vibration isolation) - there is a good shot of it towards the end of the video. Video has two parts and there is comerciall in the middle ( i.e. don't close the video when commerical starts ( ~ 2 min into the… Continue

Added by automatik on March 25, 2010 at 4:46pm — 9 Comments

What's your screen resolution? - help GCS desing

In order to properly size displays for the ArduPilot GCS it would help to know what screen resolution everyone uses - in the field on their GCS computer… Continue

Added by automatik on March 15, 2010 at 1:00am — 36 Comments

Look of the new Ardupilot GCS

Hi all,
please critique new look of the upcoming Ardupilot GCS. Functionality will be discussed elsewhere, so for now please provide constructive criticism for the "look and feel".


Added by automatik on March 14, 2010 at 6:41pm — 21 Comments

Coyote - small UAV from big guys

Found this interesting - small UAV from BAE Systems

"The Coyote is a small, electric-powered unmanned aircraft system. Initially designed with funding from the U.S. Navy, it weighs only 13

pounds and has a 58-inch wingspan. Once deployed, it can cruise faster

than 60 knots… Continue

Added by automatik on March 8, 2010 at 10:39am — 6 Comments

FalconView - open source mapping application

In doing some research on ground stations, I came across FalconView - an open source pc based mapping software.

"FalconView is a PC based Mapping Application developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute for the Department of Defense.

The software is widely used by the US DoD and Allied countries, but historically it has not been available to the general public. Thanks to an… Continue

Added by automatik on January 23, 2010 at 10:55pm — 11 Comments

Features you would like to see in ArduPilot GCS

I am pleased to report that ArduPilot ground station ( LabVIEW ) team is getting up and going.

Our first objective is to clean-up the code a bit, make it more robust, and easier to add new functionality.

Over time request for ground station features have been mentioned in few threads, and I would like to consolidate them in one place.

What ground station features would you like to see or change?

For example:

1. kml logging : log lat,… Continue

Added by automatik on January 9, 2010 at 3:00pm — 23 Comments

ArduPilot Ground Station - basic GPS / KML logging example

Hi all,

attached is example of ArduPilot Ground Station that logs KML data, as well as displays plane path during flight. (plane icon is current position and flight path is yellow with green bars, but I have lot's of data packed so it's hard to see green in the attached pic).

There were mentions in couple of… Continue

Added by automatik on December 29, 2009 at 12:48pm — 7 Comments

Gyro and accelerometer vibration tests

I performed some rudimentary vibration tests on Razor 6 DOF board with Arduino - which has same gyros and accel as ArduIMU (LPR530AL and LY530ALH, ADXL335). In the above link you'll find complete description of test setup and bunch of images… Continue

Added by automatik on November 16, 2009 at 2:00am — 3 Comments

Razor 6DOF IMU + Arduino + DCM

I recently got SparkFun's 6 IMU board and played with it a bit. Basically I connected Arduino and Razor 6DOF board and ported DCM code. Code is ArduIMU v13 but just made to work with Razor board. I am not sure what to think about gyros on that board as it takes them a while to "warm-up". Below you can see run from cold start for over an hour and "zoom' on first minute or so (just raw ADC values). On the link referenced above, you… Continue

Added by automatik on November 5, 2009 at 2:00am — 39 Comments

UAS in the NAS

Link to "report" [PDF]:


"In the near future we will see unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operating in the National Airspace System (NAS) seamlessly with manned aircraft in all classes of airspace. To achieve this airspace integration issues must be solved in a safe expeditious… Continue

Added by automatik on October 27, 2009 at 9:00pm — 4 Comments

6DOF IMU from Nunchuck and Wii Motion Plus

This is somewhat OT, but it could help someone just starting out...

Nunchuck controller has three accelerometers and Wii Motion Plus has three gyros which makes a nice combination for 6 DOF IMU platform. People have been able to communicate with these devices before, but in order to talk to both of them you had to make an additional board ( it's slick solution though). I played with it while back, and figured out a way to… Continue

Added by automatik on September 6, 2009 at 5:48pm — 7 Comments

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