Just a quick post to highlight Michael Oborne's great work evolving the Mission Planner, which seems to get better with every day! Above you can see the new frame selection screen, which gives a sense of the dizzying variety of configurations that APM:Copter supports. 

There's a new desktop icon, too

If you hit CTRL-W, you can see an alpha preview of what will be the new Setup Wizard:

And if you're feeling really brave, play around the with the alpha Swarming interface (CTRL-F). We'll be posting a tutorial on multi-UAV swarming in a few weeks, so I recommend you wait for that before trying it. But it's just a glimpse of how powerful the Mission Planner is. Bravo Michael!

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Comment by Francis German on August 5, 2013 at 1:01pm

Absolutely awesome!!

@Arthur: nice video, some comments or text on whats going on would be great tough!

Comment by Arthur Benemann on August 5, 2013 at 1:10pm

@Francis German

I'm starting to implement multi-drone support on Droidplanner. On that video I'm running two instances of the SILT simulator (one on each side screen), and view both planes on Droidplanner (center screen). Here is alink to a discussion.

Comment by Cala on August 5, 2013 at 5:43pm

It's possible to use an own Geotiff map instead  of Google maps? Perhaps is usefull for monitoring presicion agriculture

Comment by Keith Wallman on August 6, 2013 at 4:53am

What I cannot figure out now is how you can upload new firmware. The firmware list under initial setup is gone. frustrating when I have looked under all the other tabs.

Comment by Michael Oborne on August 6, 2013 at 5:03am

@Cala, yes, MP supports wms sources, and also direct injection of google earth tiles in jpg format.
@Keith, open MP, don't connect. click initial setup.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on August 6, 2013 at 7:54am

Michael, if it's the case that the firmware upload option doesn't show if you're connected, we might want to rethink that. It's a bit confusing for those of us who are upgrading firmware and happen to be already connected. 

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on August 6, 2013 at 8:07am


To the best of my knowledge, in earlier versions of the MP, if you were already connected via MavLink and tried to do an upload, the upload would always fail. I always had to remember to disconnect MavLink before attempting an upload of new firmware.


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Comment by Hugues on August 6, 2013 at 1:04pm

I was wondering too about multi drone support. Does today's version not support different drones ? because I'm already using the same MP with two different drones and it seems ok or did I miss something ?

If i lay also comment on useability I think we lost a lot with the new menu organisation. Before for example it was easy and quick to swap in the same screen for example from camera gimbal parameters to standard or advanced param which was very practical to configure a CH7/A10 camera trigger function. Now you first need to move between a hardware screen, then and software screen (that takes an awful time to load because it looks for firmware)...

I admire the work Michael did but we should still recognize we lost user friendliness uin this last version.

Comment by Arthur Benemann on August 6, 2013 at 1:27pm


By talking about multi-drones I mean support to view multiple vehicles at the same time.

And the feature Chris posted about swarming is controlling multiple vehicles at the same time, like moving one and make all the other's follow (like a swarm).

Comment by Hugues on August 6, 2013 at 2:36pm
Ok i get it. I'm already overwelmed at controlling one drone that i do not see any use of this functionality for me any time soon. But i guess for experts i can imagine it would be useful ( and dor terrorists too to send swarms into cities:)


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