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 Amit Ganjoo on January 29, 2015 at 7:31am

@Claudio Would it be possible to use the iDroneCntrl without Fighting Walrus radio. I have a link with my drone over cellular and would like to use my ipad with LTE access

I downloaded the client on my iphone but did not see an option to connect without the radio

Thanks

Comment by Claudio Natoli on January 31, 2015 at 4:30pm

Hello Amit. It would be certainly be technically possible (unclear what Apple's position would be, although I wouldn't evisage a problem), however at this time only the Fighting Walrus radio is actually supported.

Comment by Amit Ganjoo on January 31, 2015 at 5:05pm

Thanks Claudio

Can you at a high level advise what all changes to the code would be needed. Would you be OK if someone else added this support?

Thanks

Comment by Claudio Natoli on February 11, 2015 at 7:11pm

Hi Amit, apologies for the delay...

Good starting point would be in the CommController code, and trace out how the communication with the Fighting Walrus Radio is performed. If you have an Apple dev account, you don't need my OK - fork the code and go on right ahead!

Comment by Claudio Natoli on February 11, 2015 at 7:12pm

For anyone else following Fighting Walrus news, new post from Byran here: http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/idronelink-ios-groundstation

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