A few months ago, I started a project for an integrated groundstation. The idea was to combine Arduino, MAVLink, FrSky and a good TX system (Sky9x board) into an integrated system to control any kind of UxV. After making good progress, the project stalled because I'm waiting for documentation and samples from FrSky and after the FrSky Taranis and the Turnigy 9XR came out, both the Sky9X and the gruvin9x boards were discontinued.
Then came school for me and lots of stuff...
Recently I started hacking the external mode switch panel which I just posted about. After reading the comments and feedback on that, I started thinking again and decided to go back to the groundstation project. As I am now a little bit more clever - I know how to generate a PPM stream, which always was the biggest obstacle for me - I decided to start making everything - a real integrated system, based on an Arduino Mega.
Why Arduino? Well, I want the system to be easily hackable. The whole system will be easy to DIY. I will refrain from using special PCBs as much as possible. And of course, everything will be open source.
For the special "cool touch", I am also designing avionics-style panels. I even found a company in Spain which is interested in that project and will make those panels for a good price.
But of course, the most important part is functionality. Here are a few initial points.
This being said, I kick the ball in the community's corner. What do YOU think would be a useful function / a useful module for the perfect UAS-TX? Please comment, but keep it realistic!