Copter-GCS with Mission Support and more

Hello all,

Hope no-one object to another update. For those who use this, I've set up a mail list at so that bug notifications and updates can be sent to users.


Now for the updates:

I've finally gotten mission support on Copter-GCS working. Load from the copter, edit, drag the waypoints on the map and add new ones by touching the map for a second.


Editing the waypoints is also fully supported. More specific menus is pushed back to a later version. You can reorder the waypoints by dragging them around in the list. I'm hoping to improve this for a future version though.


I've fixed a few potential use error with the transmitter calibration, and added mode switch setup:

The current mode is shown in yellow, and selecting any drop-down menu shows the various options. As soon as you select it, the mode is stored.


Hardware setup is now also available. Once done, just hit save, and you should be good to go.


Finally, the PID view is now auto-generated based on the MAVLink parameters. This means that APM users will be able to have better use of the system now.


Check out for more details/images.

As usual, comments/bug reports/feature requests are more than welcome.



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Comment by Jeff E on August 7, 2011 at 11:06am

Wow, I saw the forced orientation on the update list, my Xoom will enjoy this. I havent tested yet the other options but can you check if the other flight modes are displaying? I have LOITER/STAB/ALT_Hold set on transmitter but It only displays LOITER under modes (on status screen). This is the test version that you gave me. I will try to load the market version, seems thats the latest version.


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3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2011 at 11:40am

This is awesome. We have to produce a simple xbee-to-bluetooth board for GCSs like this. If you'd like to work with the 3D Robotics team to design something cheap and robust, PM me and we'll get it going.

Comment by Jeff E on August 7, 2011 at 11:48am

That will be awesome Cris


@Bart got a simple way to power this thing with a 1cell A123 (mine is 1S2P no reason at all)


Comment by Jeff E on August 7, 2011 at 11:50am

@Chris, another use for this copterlink is for laptop that has bluetooth (pretty much all) can link to this and use Mission Planner via BT

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on August 7, 2011 at 12:07pm

Jeff: looks great. Again, if you and Bart want us to work together to productize this, just PM me. 


I think we'd want to do something a little simpler with the battery. Maybe just a 3S balance plug connector, so you can plug in any Lipo?

Comment by Kirill on August 8, 2011 at 1:44am

Very cool! I'd like to have this one. Just wondering, when does 3D Robotics plan to release and sell official hardware like this? Or it might be faster to build this from the parts by myself?

Comment by Jeff E on August 8, 2011 at 4:36am


I think Bart will talk to Cris about making the one piece hardware but not sure about timing. I think you can easily build it instructions on the wiki, parts are readily available. Suggested power as mentioned by Bart was 3.3V, I havent tried 5V yet.


Here are some screenshot from Motorola Xoom

Comment by Kirill on August 8, 2011 at 6:02am

Thanks, Jeff! I have already looked through the instruction on the wiki, well explained and must be easy to build.

Another one question, it's possible to download Copter-GCS from both wiki download section and Android Market, however, in Market it costs about $5. Is this free or not? It's not an issue to pay five dollars, but could you explain, please, what's the difference?

By the way, nice screenshots!

Comment by Jeff E on August 8, 2011 at 6:40am

@Kirill, I myself bought the Android Market version. I asked Bart the same question before and what he said was it is basically the same but the android market version will be updated as soon as the new version/update is release while the repository version you must always check for latest version.

I also bought paid to help out Bart the least I can do and test some of the release (if I can). Both version will do, up to you.

The more of us that uses this the more feedback/suggestion Bart can get for improvement.

Disclaimer: I have no financial gain for this, only benifit is I get the dream app I have been looking for a long time. ALthough the USB version was the one I was looking for but android dont have the ftdi kernel yet and Bart is avoiding Rooted android so general public can use it. Ofcourse another benifit is not needing to bring laptop on the field.

Comment by Bart on August 8, 2011 at 6:41am
@Kirill There is no difference between the two versions, but the market version is automatically updated (although a google group is now available so you can be emailed for updates), and supports development. The actual APKs are identical.

I'll be looking at making a board with the 3D robotics folks, but no timelines. Let me know how you make out:)


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