Just wanted to share some progress on an iPad Ground Control Station app I've been putting together for a little while. Here's a quick introduction:

As the video shows, the (non-jailbroken) iPad is hooked up to a Digi XTend radio modem via a RedPark iPad-Serial cable and a RS232 Shifter, with the radio modem powered off a UBEC. It communicates with the APM via MAVLink just like the regular APM Mission Planner.

Have also used the iPad-Serial cable with a XBee and XBee Explorer Serial board with my other UAVs, which makes for a simpler hook-up.

Just a personal project at this stage, particularly as use of the RedPark cable limits the redistribution options available (i.e. not permitted on the App Store at present), but have a laundry list of features I'm hoping to add over time, and we'll see what happens on the device interface front - would like to make the app accessible to all if there's sufficient interest.

Thanks for reading - looking forward to any comments you might have!

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Comment by Claudio Natoli on February 13, 2014 at 2:02pm

Hi Graham, thanks for your interest. The iPad used is an iPad 2.

The easiest way to connect to this app in the near future will be via the Fighting Walrus radio. You might like to sign up for future announcements here: http://www.fightingwalrus.com/

We're hoping to make the app as intuitive as possible. Here are a couple of screenshot of some recent UI mocks, the implementation of which has just been merged into the mainline:

Comment by Brad Roekle on March 23, 2014 at 6:16pm

I want this!!!

Comment by Cao Tri Nguyen on April 18, 2014 at 1:16am

where can I install the application of this GCS to ipad?

Comment by Claudio Natoli on April 18, 2014 at 1:31am

Not yet available Cao, but coming soon... you might like to subscribe to the mailing list at http://www.fightingwalrus.com/ for future updates.

Comment by Nils D on May 26, 2014 at 12:30am
Will there be the possibility to tweak the settings on an Ipad?
Comment by Claudio Natoli on May 26, 2014 at 4:51am

Hi Nils. Not in v1, but the aim is for feature parity with the Mission Planner.

Comment by Haygood on September 13, 2014 at 9:15pm
This is still a very exciting topic. Will the FightingWalrus mechanical bits be required, or is there a possibility to use something like the Bluetooth bridge by event 38 so the iPad or iPhone doesn't have to have anything attached to it?

Comment by UAS_Pilot on September 22, 2014 at 1:57pm

Plus one on the Bluetooth bridge capabilities. 


Great work.....

Comment by Claudio Natoli on October 3, 2014 at 7:38pm

Hi guys, thanks for the continued interest.

The plans for the initial app are for Fighting Walrus integration only.

Been a long time in the making, but I can attest that the hardware is coming... I've been provided with a prototype (which I understand is identical to the production version, minus a few tweaks) which is what I use for dev/flying now (when I can find the time for either!)

Comment by Claudio Natoli on December 23, 2014 at 6:20pm

For anyone still following this thread...

iDroneCtrl has been released to the app store!

It requires a Fighting Walrus iDroneLink radio. Open source contributions to the app welcomed on github.


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