I'm developing the app to behave very much like Mission Planner, but only with the functions needed on the field. Some of the improvements are:
- A HUD that mimics Mission Planner, with easy to read information. Data like current and target altitude, curent and target Ground Speed (and Air Speed), heading, flight mode, distance to next waypoint, next waypoint, roll and pitch.
- A flight map with the drone position (rotation and flight path included), current mission waypoints.
- Guided mode by long clicking a position on the map.
- Menu to change the current flight mode and waypoint.
- Offline maps - Loaded from tiles saved on the SDcard
- Publishing the app on Google Play, for an easier installation and update.
- Clean-up of most of the code.
I'm doing the development with the help of HAL simulation in X-plane, that helps to generate a simple interface to use in the field (since I'm always testing with a plane in simulated flight and the APM board). I haven't done any field test's since I'm waiting for my RF modules arrive from 3DRobotics.
One point I would like to share is that I can fly the PT60 from X-plane using only the information from the Tablet, and in manual mode (but since there isn't the latency of the RF link this my not be possible in real life).
I haven't used it in the field, so be careful if you want to try that ( and please share the results). I'm posting the current state of the app to have some feedback (and hopefully someone interest in to helping me).
If you find some bug or have a idea for improvement add it to the Issue list on github. And if you want to help the code is on GitHub, and has a very simple build process ( Everything is in Java and compiles with the standard Android SDK).
To test the app you need TCP access to the telemetry stream, take a look here to see how to do that.
Obs: I'm using some of the Mission Planner Icons, if the developers have a problem with this contact me and I'll change them.