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 Angus Leche on August 2, 2012 at 6:14am

Wow, nice work!

Comment by Jan Detlefsen on August 2, 2012 at 6:31am

did you consider using bluetooth 4.0 to circumvent those restrictions?

There is an Arduino shield for it


Comment by Vishal on August 2, 2012 at 6:38am

Also, would this be another option to simplify the connection?-


Comment by Jan Detlefsen on August 2, 2012 at 6:41am


As you can read in the article he is using the RedPark cable.

Comment by Vishal on August 2, 2012 at 6:56am

Yes but if you read the article you will notice that he is using the Redpark ipad to serial cable AND a rs232 shifter.  He can eliminate that need by possibly using the Redpark ipad to ttl cable which I linked.

Comment by Jan Detlefsen on August 2, 2012 at 7:13am

ah gotcha

Comment by Earl on August 2, 2012 at 7:34am
I made a ttl serial cable with a 470k res and an ipad connector. Works with minicom on a jailbroken ipad just fine.
Comment by Zak on August 2, 2012 at 8:11am

Very cool, impressive work!

Comment by Jonek on August 2, 2012 at 9:45am

Hi Claudio. That is a really impressive simulation setup! Especially I like primary glass cockpit display. Did you make that yourself or is it available as an open source widget? I'd like to use it (at least the graphics of it) for something similar on Android.

Comment by John Wiseman on August 2, 2012 at 10:44am

Nice work, Claudio!  I envy your ability to get that simulation environment configured, too...


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