Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Mission Planner, Google Earth, and Logs

A plot of a drone flight over my house

I am starting to play with the Mission Planner software which allows you to program your drone-quadcopter, read logs, and program autonomous "missions".  One of the interesting aspects is the ability to download logs from the flight controller and plot your flight paths on google earth.  Mission planner outputs a KMZ file which can be read by Google Earth and viewed in the application.  The roller-coaster-like plot in red above shows my flight of November 29th over my house.  The video from the onboard camera was posted in a previous blog entry.  You can see the takeoff from the driveway, flight over the house, then back climbing, then doubling back, followed by a collision with the roof and a crash landing in the bushes.

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