PX4 1.1 release + Android support for QGroundControl

Congrats to the Dronecode/PX4 team for a series of new releases.

The PX4 1.1 code is now out with these new features:

  • Switch to CMake build system
  • Significant improvements in the user model / interaction (requires QGroundControl v2.8.0 or newer, using a daily build is recommended)
  • Full VTOL support for all three major VTOL design types enabled (Tailsitters, tiltrotors, plane + quad combination, all flight modes, still under heavy development)
  • Rattitude mode for FPV racers: Combination of attitude and rate control
  • Better altitude hold (significant improvements, but more improvements pending)
  • Support for coaxial helicopters
  • Full native SITL on Mac OS and Linux: http://dev.px4.io/simulation-sitl.html
  • Snapdragon Flight support (there is a next-generation version currently being worked on)
  • Autonomous takeoff and landing on runways for planes
  • Full support for UAVCAN, including UAVCAN-enabled motor controllers and automatic Firmware upgrades via UAVCAN (if you connect an ESC to the system, it will always be auto-upgraded)
  • New board architecture: FMUv4, with the Pixracer being the first board of the new generation:http://dev.px4.io/hardware-pixracer.html

And the QGroundControl GCS now supports Android (along with Mac OS, Windows and Linux as always). App to be distributed via Google Play soon.

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Comment by JB on December 25, 2015 at 8:09am

Nice. Like the VTOL and Android support.

Comment by MUTHU AERO on December 25, 2015 at 8:17am
thanks i am waiting 4 in qgcs

MR60
Comment by Hugues on December 25, 2015 at 10:31am

For my own comprehension (and probably other's too), what are the main differences between APM and PX4 firmware code?

Comment by Kieran Skelly on December 25, 2015 at 11:49pm

I have always wondered that too Hugues. Some insight would be appreciated. 

Comment by Antonio Vigoni on December 26, 2015 at 3:58am

The frame x8 is not expected?


T3
Comment by Thorsten on December 26, 2015 at 2:05pm

Maybe I overlooked it, but is there already some apk for Android available?

It would be interesting to compare it to Tower where the development seems to be less active for quite a while.

However, I guess Tower is still the better more APM-centric option...

Comment by Daniel Agar on December 30, 2015 at 5:13pm

@Thorsten

If you'd like to try QGroundControl for Android join the beta test here - https://play.google.com/apps/testing/org.mavlink.qgroundcontrol

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