Here is another update on the development of the DroidPlanner Android GCS. To download the app go to Google Play, and consider donating to the project by purchasing the donation app.

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.

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  • Arthur, not getting installed on my android 4.03 tab ( T-Pad-IS709C ) however Andropilot is working very well.

  • Arthur, I have just sent donation, through buying your app. Pls acknowledge the same.

  • Arthur, that's really awesome ! Did you join Kevin to contribute in Andropilot  too ?

  • Saw a demo of this the other night - it's convinced me to get an android tablet; the mission planning features are impressive, not far off the capability of mission planner.

  • Developer

    I'm targeting android 4.0 and up, because my development tablet is android v4. 

    The donation app is just a stub, just for donation so I keep it open to most android systems (so you can donate from any android device).

  • Google Play says the free version takes android v4, but donation page says it supports v2.2 and up. So I was only able to install the free one on one of two of my androids... although I have nothing to test with at the moment, I wanted to see it in person. ;) Brilllliant!

  • Developer

    I will fix that title on the next release. It's the same thing with " "lenght".

    Now I added the video  that was missing.

  • Moderator

    Arthur congratulation you are doing a great job :)

  • @Chris,  I just sent him a message about that! haha :D

  • 3D Robotics

    Looks like you misspelled "Flight" in that window title ;-)

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