HappyKillmore's GCS Alpha Release is ready

I guess I'll call it an Aplha release. I'm not done with the installer yet. The system requirements are .NET 2.0 framework, Google Earth (and maybe the plugin) and DirectX must be installed.


Download the GCS

I would STRONGLY recommend NOT trying this in the field with a live plane! This program is for TESTING ONLY at this point.

To use the program, select your COM port with your GPS or AP connected through FTDI or USB to serial. Select your baud rate. Click Connect. You can try the Search COM button which will cycle through all your available COM ports at different baud rates looking for your data stream. The Search Baud button will only search on the selected COM port for your data stream at different baud rates.

Once connected, if it's an AP unit, the waypoints and home location should be set automatically. If you're not using AP then you can build a mission file using the AP config tool and copy the .TXT file into the missions folder that gets created in the root directory with the GCS executable. Don't worry, this process will be easier in the future.

On the settings tab, you can select different options for your instruments and Google Earth Settings. The cockpit view isn't working yet.

Chances are excellent that nothing will work with APM since I have done absolutely zero testing with APM.

This release also includes NO error trapping and it will fail if you start collecting serial data before the Google Earth window is loaded....

Let me know how things go....

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Comment by Martin Bellomo on November 8, 2010 at 5:50am
As soon as i get my AP work i´ll start testing the new version.
The arcs (green, yellow and red) in the speed meter are configurables ?
Comment by Andre Cilliers on November 8, 2010 at 9:02am
This looks great! I am two weeks away from second test flight will try on your new GCS.

Thank you for all your good work .
Comment by John C. on November 8, 2010 at 9:41am
Hi there Happy....if I have an APM, should I be using the legacy protocol, or will this understand the new APM binary protocol? THANK YOU
Comment by Paul Mather on November 8, 2010 at 10:23am
Martin, yes, you can select units and the max values on the settings tab.

Andre, thanks, in two weeks I'll have lots more stuff added so keep an eye out for newer versions!

John, I'm going to fire up my APM today or tomorrow for the first time. I'll be adding the full 2-way functionality so don't worry, the new APM protocol is coming.
Comment by SupreCharger on November 8, 2010 at 10:26am
It's not working on my Windows7 64-bit >/body>
Comment by Paul Mather on November 8, 2010 at 10:46am
SupreCharger, do you get an error message?
Comment by Alexander on November 8, 2010 at 12:57pm
Hello Happy....It's not running on my XP 32bit with .NET3.5.
Here is the error report:
EventType : clr20r3 P1 : ground control station.exe P2 :
P3 : 4cd83b70 P4 : ground control station P5 : P6 : 4cd83b70
P7 : d P8 : c6 P9 : system.invalidoperationexception
Comment by Paul Mather on November 8, 2010 at 1:31pm
Can you guys make sure you have DirectX installed?
Comment by Andre Cilliers on November 9, 2010 at 6:16am
Hi Happy, Just some feedback to you. I have tested your GCS on win XP (S3) this is on AP 2.7.1 with old red shield. GPS EM406 (SIRF mode) and XY & Z sensors.
The results is GPS Lock: Not Lock (I do have a lock)
Battery display 11855.66 V (3s Lipo)
Satellites: 0
HDOP: 0 ??( I am not sure what this do)
Waypoint #1
Latitude: -25.67788 (correct)
Longitude: 28.19667
Mode: 0 ( do not change)
Throttle 0 (do not change)
Altitude gauge show :4055 Ft (this is correct above sea level I now this can be set to read above ground level but I have to find out how to do this then I will test again)
Hope this information can help you.
Will test next on the laptop that I use at the Flying Field. (Win7)
Kind Regards
Comment by KnutL on November 9, 2010 at 7:07am
I can confirm Andres results with regards to GPS: I have a lock but GCS says no lock.
GCS reports a Lattitude and a Longitude with correct values.
Mode and Throttle: Also as Andre sayed= Is 0 and stays 0
(used on Vista)
greetings knut


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