ArduPilot Ground Control Station ready for public beta testing

LabVIEW based ArduPilot Ground Control Station ( GCS) is ready for public beta test.

GCS wiki
: See wiki for installation and configuration instructions (read through it, or at least watch video )


- Windows OS
- LabVIEW run time engine 9.0
- Google Earth ( if you already have it you don't have to re-install it. Google Earth version prior to 5.1 ( newest) should be fine)

- Ground Control Station application (zip file) - Updated May 16, 2010 !

Optional: Code for GCS can be found here ( you will need LabVIEW 8.6 or higher)

New Features of ArduPilot GCS :
  • Data logging
  • kml logging
  • voice synthesis
  • (UI has been redesigned, code architecture has been changed, etc.)

Short introduction video explaining how to start and stop GCS:

more comprehensive GCS video ( worth watching ! ) is here:

Views: 5228

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on May 12, 2010 at 10:33pm
Automatik has done an awesome job on this. Everyone currently using ArduPilot with telemetry should consider upgrading. We're going to switch to this as the official GCS just as soon as we get the beta test feedback.

Bravo Automatik!!!
Comment by Taylor Cox on May 12, 2010 at 10:39pm
Not to mention it looks really sleek and neat. I hope it functions as well as it looks. Great job Automatik

Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on May 12, 2010 at 11:18pm
The application consumes 1.5x 3GHz processors right after starting, Google Earth opens in a separate window.
Even after closing GE the problme remains, window moving takes up to 2s.
Previous versions work fine.
Windows XP Pro Pl Dual Celeron,
LVRTE90min.exe installed long time before and worked.
The problem exists BEFORE conencting to any COM port.

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on May 12, 2010 at 11:43pm
Yeah, there is something weird going on. The first time I ran it on WIn7, it ran fine. The second time it brought my system to its knees, as KrisB describes.
Comment by automatik on May 12, 2010 at 11:59pm
Agrrr...I can't replicate it on my computers at home ( Win Xp with i7 CPU, and old laptop Xp with Intel Core Duo).

will try on more boxes tomorrow...
my first *guess* is that it might have to do with display/monitor hardware acceleration settings...not sure about this, just a guess ( my settings are default...)
Comment by Magnus on May 13, 2010 at 3:21am
Looking great. I have two issues when running the program on my Sony Vaio laptop (Vista, Intel core duo 2,5 GHz 4GB Ram)

* The program has a size that doesn't show all the controls and it can't be rezised.
* The program eats to much CPU. Together with Google earth they use about 75% of the cpu.

The attached image illustrated both problems:

Comment by Ron Jacobs on May 13, 2010 at 8:14am
Just installed on WINXP Home Edition service pack 3

I have no hardware so not sure how relevent this is, but when I open Ardupilot (file installs as Allpha-R4 not Beta version) the window does not size correctly and cropping occurs like Magnus.

Comment by Dario Lindo Andres on May 13, 2010 at 9:16am
The same thing happens to me in my Aspire One (1024x600).
Although this is an awesome job:)

Comment by Ron Jacobs on May 13, 2010 at 9:28am
It is awesome, it is Beta, so we understand. This is part of the fun of DIY.

Comment by Brian on May 13, 2010 at 4:21pm
Chris - Have you tried to change the windows environment it runs? Automatik says he's running XP and is not having the problem (Ron didn't say anything about the CPU, neither did Dario) and you and Mangus have newer versions of Windows...


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