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 Kirill on August 8, 2011 at 7:26am

Thanks for explanations, now it's clear. Agree with you, Jeff, I have been waiting for this kind of GCS, too.

Bart, going to order the parts now :)

Comment by diego colonnello on August 8, 2011 at 8:11am

i can´t wait untill i fix my HTC HD2 android phone!!!!!!!! it is gonna be ready in a week so i can start to test these features!!!!!!!!!!! hummmmmmmm i think this is the only reason why i could buy a tablet!!!!! maybe a Samsung galaxy!!!!!?????

By the way, the board interfacing xbee and bluetooth is a really good idea.... in one of my projects i will be using the XTEND OEM on board to comunicate with the airframe,,,,, maybe the interface could have some sort of expansion port to connect to the ground XTEND? maybe USB or serial rs 232 or both?

Comment by Scott Plunkett on August 8, 2011 at 11:12am

Hey guys, I have a part you can have - it was going to be open source anyway - I will send the docs to you guys.  It all fits in a case from polycase and uses a lipo battery from sparkfun, has a built in charger circuit, and charges via usb.  I was going to turn it into a product...hence the pretty little decal, but I am happy to forward everything to you guys to produce.  Jeff, I will shoot you an email ASAP.

Comment by Bart on August 8, 2011 at 11:21am

@Scott I recall you mentioning a kick start project coming at some point, but don't have a link for it. Can you send details my way as well? Sounds like it would be a useful addition to the store.

Comment by Scott Plunkett on August 8, 2011 at 11:33am

I never got around to doing the Kickstarter project -I got a new job, finally!  But I have no aversion to copying everyone.

@Bart, you need to "accept" my friend request on here for me to send you a direct message.

Comment by Scott Plunkett on August 8, 2011 at 11:42am

This is a pic of the prototype case and my cell phone (T-Mobile HD2) for size comparison.  In this pic I had not yet drilled the holes for the LEDs, but they are there for all 7 of the functions listed.  This is a two sided board so the LED's and On/Off switch are on one side, and the XBee module, USB connector (for charging the internal LiPO) and Bluetooth module are on the other side.  It was a fun project to do because I always wanted a clean package and ended up with a great result.  The cases are relatively cheap.  This one from Polycase is 6 bucks in singles and less than 4 at quantity.

Comment by Jeff E on August 8, 2011 at 11:43am

@Scott this really sound interesting. Count me in.

Comment by Kirill on August 8, 2011 at 12:45pm

Diego, what's wrong with your phone?

Scott, pretty good case!

Comment by Jeff E on August 8, 2011 at 5:43pm

Got the locked orientation work after talking to bart here are some more screenshot...Diego this is close to how it would look like in your future Samsung Galaxy :D

Comment by Bart on August 8, 2011 at 5:51pm

And as you can see, the app is still optimised for phone screens. Nice to see mission planning on a tablet though.

With some time, we'll get the tablet version better layouts :) Ahhh, so much space...


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