After investing most time into PX4 for quite a long time now, the PX4 native stack has made it into a shape where we can fly fixed wing in autonomous mode with it, and there is also progress on multicopters. This put QGroundControl back into the development focus, since the field tests showed some potential improvements, and the PX4 user feedback indicated that features like RC calibration were highly wanted. The screenshots below show the current 1.0.9 version.

In parallel there is work under way from the 3DR dev team under Michael Obornes lead to add some APM-specific features  to QGroundControl and to bring some of the very well engineered features of Mission Planner to a cross platform codebase. One of the visually most prominent and first features will be the Primary Flight Display, but there is much more to come.

A first Mac OS binary is available on the QGroundControl downloads page, a windows binary will follow shortly.

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Comment by Simon Wunderlin on May 25, 2013 at 11:52pm

Grüezi Lorenz

This is really great news! Not everybody is running windows, having a qt based cross platform ground station is very nice.



Comment by Joshua Ott on May 26, 2013 at 12:35am

I added a link to the download page.

I also downloaded it! Thanks.

Comment by Lorenz Meier on May 26, 2013 at 12:47am

@Joshua: I just realized I didn't update the link on the downloads page yesterday - its now up to date. You got 1.0.5 which already works to a great deal the same way, but version 1.0.9 is what is on the screenshots.

Comment by Joshua Ott on May 26, 2013 at 12:50am

Thanks, I'll get the new one.

Comment by Hugues on May 26, 2013 at 1:09am
I hope that this software GUI could get inspired by the simplicity and user friendliness of mission planner because these screenshots look horribly complicated.
Comment by robert bouwens on May 26, 2013 at 1:37am

the ekf attitude controller is extremely nice.

thumbs up for the further development steps.

best robert

Comment by Simon Wunderlin on May 26, 2013 at 2:58am

ah lorenz, any chance to get an updated linux binary ?



Comment by Lorenz Meier on May 26, 2013 at 9:05am

@Hugues: Note that this is work in progress and only the first three views are intended for average users, the remaining views are from the "Pro" section. If you look at MP the arrangement might be better (this is still work in progress in QGC), but you will find the same controls in the configuration section.

@Simon: We still lack a Linux maintainer, so the answer is as always for Linux users: Either join the development team as Linux maintainer, or build yourself using these instructions: QGroundControl Dev Guide.

Comment by Gary McCray on May 26, 2013 at 5:40pm

Looking forward to the Windows version Lorenz, looks very interesting.

Comment by Lorenz Meier on May 27, 2013 at 8:02am

No there isn't, but there is a button on the bottom (Start Logging), which allows you to log to a CSV file, which QGC can plot in the offline plotting view (you can also zoom there and select dimensions to plot interactively).


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