Nice new feature in Mission Planner: waypoint hit radius circles

As you've probably noticed, there are new features added to the Mission Planner almost every day (Michael Oborne is amazing). I thought I'd just highlight today's, which is neat. In the Flight Planner screen, your current Waypoint radius (the "hit zone" that qualifies as having arrived at the waypoint, which you can set) is shown. That makes planning missions much easier!


You can get the latest version of the Mission Planner by clicking the update button in the software or downloading it here.


Other recent updates include:

  • level command ack update
  • y6 pic
  • HUD now runs opengl / bitmap fonts
  • add apvar checking
  • add format_version checking (eeprom map change)
  • change all log file names to YYYY-MM-DD - to save confusion.
  • fix small issue on multiple planners open

As always, you can track changes and update to all the code here.

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Comment by Simone Chiaretta on August 29, 2011 at 8:38am

This a very nice feature. I don't understand if this "hit zone" is just for easily grabbing the pin to move it around, or is it the hitzone also used by the model to understand it reached the WP?

Comment by Simone Chiaretta on August 29, 2011 at 8:43am

One thing that would be really cool to add is something that allows to "playback" the mission and that tells you how long it will take to complete the mission at a give speed. maybe also adding some pre-sets for the standard speed of well-know models, like Arducopter

Comment by Ahmed Rehan on August 29, 2011 at 1:25pm

Is the hit zone radius programble or fixed?

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Comment by Chris Anderson on August 29, 2011 at 2:31pm

Ahmed: it's user-settable:


Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on August 29, 2011 at 2:44pm
Just when I think APM Planner cant get more useful....Another awesome feature! Thanks Michael..
Comment by Helldesk on August 29, 2011 at 3:26pm

Awesome, ISO 8601 is the only way to go with dates! YYYY-MM-DD is clear and logical and gets automatically ordered correctly in alphabetical listing. I hope the time is now by a 24 hour clock too...

Would it make sense to have an option that eventually abandoned trying to reach a waypoint (triggered by whatever criteria makes sense) if the waypoint hit radius is set lower than what ultimately ends up being achievable? Just in case GPS didn't end up agreeing with reality... that way the flight would at least continue towards some kind of a finish without user intervention.

Comment by Michael Oborne on August 29, 2011 at 4:12pm

Simone : this hit radius the how close the plane/quad has to get before it accepts it, and moves on.

Veikko : there is no method of interfacing with google earth sim other than joystick, so the answer is no.

Helldesk : i might have to change to 24 hour. its still 12 atm.

Comment by Greg Fletcher on August 29, 2011 at 6:46pm

Is there a official way to make suggestions? OK , I have one now. I'll bet it's an easy one too. I am using a tiny Acer net-book for field use. Screen space is limited and I can't use the guages,as they don't fit(bottom cut off). That is the problem.

Soloution?  Left click on the menu bar to minimize it and a right click on something else to bring it back. Maybe a menu button some where ?

Thanks for your excellent work btw.

Comment by Rana on August 29, 2011 at 9:27pm

Thats nice feature but MP1.60 hangs a lot, tested on xp & vista, going to create an issue.

Comment by Michael Oborne on August 29, 2011 at 9:39pm

Greg, what screen res does it use? ive designed it for a 10" screen. not anything smaller.

Rana, what are the specs of the pcs you are running it on? since i moved ot the opengl hud, the graphics card in the pc must suport hardware acceleration.


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