We all know it's easy to display information on Google Earth, like the position of a UAV. However getting information back, like the GPS coordinates of a mouse click, is another story. I really wanted to give my LabView GroundStation for my UGV SAGAR the ability the to 'click and go' anywhere on the Google Earth map. This is similar to the various wishes I have heard around here for the ability to upload new waypoints to ArduPilot while she's flying.
Well, I figured out how to do it, and I'm here to share. Here's a video of my sample LabView VI that reads in the GPS coordinates of the mouse over the Google Earth map, captures the position of a left mouse click, and feeds it back into Google Earth through the well known network KML file.
The opens the door to new GroundStation features, like "Click and Go" during a flight. Also, it could mean the retiring of ConfigTool, as all mission planning and status could be done through a single LabView VI with Google Earth.