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 CharlieNoFun on May 19, 2013 at 11:28am

@Jonathan, I would have to add your device to my developer cert for you to run a build from me. Claudio has a testflight setup for this app maybe ask if you can be added as a beta tester?

Comment by AlanGP on August 2, 2013 at 2:26am

Nice work - just when i was thinking of buying an android tablet - wash my mouth out!!

Comment by Muhammad Abdul Hadi on September 25, 2013 at 7:52pm

Masha Allah, nice setup, it will certainly reduce the number of items to bring to the field :-)

I hope all goes well...following with interest

Comment by MD on October 24, 2013 at 9:25pm
I can not get this to build. Did it on a fresh 10.8.4 with Xcode and all dependencies. Followed all instructions multiple times. Have a proficienent understanding of programming and it just won't build. Even tried under 10.9. Anyone have any success and specifics as to how? Thanks.

I supported fighting walrus via indiegogo and looking forward to receiving my unit but want to try the software ahead of time.
Comment by MD on October 25, 2013 at 10:55pm

Finally working! Awesome app.

Comment by Claudio Natoli on October 27, 2013 at 2:16am

Good to hear you got it going MD. For any future issues, please don't hesistate to log an isse at https://github.com/cnatoli/igcs

Comment by Janne Savukoski on November 5, 2013 at 6:45pm

DAMN YOU!! I had been able to resist bying an iPad this far, but damn.... :)

Absolutely epic!

Question: Why not Drone Cell?


I had been planning on using dronecell anyways as the project's target is a very long range setup. And especially with iPad it would make a whole lot of sense because the iPad cellular version. And you wouldn't need the whole Fighting Walrus project either.

Comment by Claudio Natoli on November 9, 2013 at 7:39pm

Thanks for the interest Janne :-)

Drone Cell would definitely be a viable option, as the software is designed to accomodate various comm interfaces. And quite an interesting one given the long range capabilities as you mentioned. There's an outstanding request for connectivity via WiFi (i.e. via a WiFly board) listed at https://github.com/cnatoli, and the work involved to support DroneCell would be similar. We'd certainly welcome a Pull Request implementing either of these interfaces.

For the time being however, and although I personally continue to use a RedPark cable, the focus is very much on the Fighting Walrus project. I think it has the best chance of widest takeup amongst members of the APM community who use iDevices, and I'm proud to be a part of that project.

Comment by Graham on February 12, 2014 at 11:43pm

is this using an Ipad 1? 

What is the update on this do i still need the apple tv, etc

Comment by Graham on February 12, 2014 at 11:51pm

sorry i thought the Digi XTend radio modem was an apple tv... you can see i am just a beginner at this. 

I am looking for an intuitive , low cost radio that gives me the warnings, and tells me what mode i am in like the ipad app.  any help would be great.



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