Here is a video of Droidplanner + SmartAP flying a quad-copter without the use of a RC transmitter, video made by user  Kirill.

The flight  is made by using only a tablet, and I think that is impressive. The hardware used was a SmartAP, which handles all the hard work like landing. The UI is a tablet running Droidplanner (which is also compatible with Ardupilot).

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Comment by avionics on May 7, 2013 at 10:14pm

Well Done that is a great achievment for the community especially to Krill that his hard work is paying off.

Comment by Kirill on May 8, 2013 at 4:06am

Thanks, Reza! I'm very glad to hear you like the video and what I'm doing on the whole. Such comments like your one give inspiration and energy for the new achievements! Thanks again :)

Arthur, nice post! Thanks! I like the collaboration between SmartAP and DroidPlanner projects. We're implementing new features quite fast and help each other to make our projects better. Fully autonomous WP flight and FollowMe tests will be coming soon! 

Comment by Mike T on May 8, 2013 at 8:00pm

this is fantastic. keep up the good work

Comment by uavster on May 9, 2013 at 11:48am

Hi, Kirill. This is very cool. Congratulations! I have another solution to the problem using a camera and some Computer Vision (no GPS). I've got no tablet app, though, and it's not compatible with ArduCopter (yet?). Watch the video here:

Comment by Kirill on May 10, 2013 at 1:40am


Amazing stuff, thanks for the link! This is really great to see more advanced approaches in uav navigation. 

Comment by Joe DeMarco on June 19, 2013 at 8:38pm

How did you do that?! Has anyone been able to repeat this experiment? I have been trying, but have had no luck. I can get the quad to arm using the rc mode, and fly in rc mode, but when I switch to hold pos it just sits there. Please let me know what I'm missing. Thank You

Comment by Arthur Benemann on June 20, 2013 at 3:31pm

By RC mode you mean the RC control screen on DroidPlanner? If yes, it's nice to see more people using it.

Kirill is doing the entire flight using only the tablet because he has developed his own flight controller, and he has made it in a way that is possible to use only the tablet running DP to fly. ArduPilot still needs some development before that.

Comment by Joe DeMarco on June 21, 2013 at 5:42am

Yes that is what i meant. I am using ArduPilot so I guess that is my problem. I was thinking about writing a "launch" routine where inside DroidPlanner. It would override RC similar to what the RC mode does but then hand over control to the autopilot and hold pos. Do you think this would work?

Comment by Arthur Benemann on June 21, 2013 at 6:35am


It may work, but I think there is a better solution. ArduCopter has a mode to do a takeoff right? Maybe is just a question of activating this mode.

Comment by Joe DeMarco on June 21, 2013 at 7:20am

Ok, thanks. I'll look into it.


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