3D Robotics

Andrew Hazelden has a cool project!

This is a concept design for a handheld air traffic control system for model airplanes. This project is designed to allow a small handheld device to track the flight path of multiple model airplanes at a flying field. The mikroATC firmware can display either a vector map or aerial mosaic image tiles of the flying site. You can navigate the map view using the controlpad buttons.

In the YouTube video the flight pattern shown was created by the built-in mikroATC simulator routine.

The display code supports tracking multiple model airplanes at the same time. Each model airplane that is tracked has its own unique ID, display name, and telemetry struct data. This demo is powered by a MikroElektronika MMB board with a Microchip dsPic33 P33FJ256GP710A MCU and the mikromedia gaming shield.

(via RCG)

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  • You should have a headless system Probably based on the same Micro gather all the data in real life then pass it

    to a program that is running on a notebook to be displayed. this way they could use an external large monitor to display  the Radar data

  • Most importantly, are these for sale assembled?


  • I think it should be hardwired into a GCS case.

  • I think it is a great idea but a notebook would be a better choice rather than a hand held device

    great work

  • That is amazing!  Perfect for clubs or groups running multiple airframes.  My questions are:


    Can it be relayed to a bigger screen?

    What kind of area can it cover...just a LOS flying field or further out?

    Total # of airframes it can track?

    APM/MP compatible?

  • Oh man, bringing back some memories! I use to work for the FAA doing Air Traffic Control. That is a pretty darn cool system! I like the J-rings, just like a Center scope would have!

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