Realtime Serial 3D Telemetry

FAB (Free Air Broadcast) 3D Telemetry - Ground Control Station

This page is devoted to a tool that enables telemetry and gps data to be displayed in 3D realtime using google earth. Data can be sent to the pc using serial either via xbee or serial cable in simple text format.

Free software due for release in July 2010 is written in C# and provides kml and tab delimited logging along with an easy to use set of analog and digital instrument controls

The pitch, roll, height and position you provide via arduino (or ano) is also reflected using 3D geometry in google earth

The uses the google sketch up 3D models allowing you to specify your own equipment for display. (The plane in the examples is just an example)

Google earth is optional and has been used because of it's ability to run off-line

Serial Example

It is intended to cater for a wide range of serial formats here is an example of one.

The following serial command would make the plane shown below pitch down and roll left

+++ PCH:-20,RLL:-50

Sending GPS position and altitude automatically shows the 3D model in the correct location. Compass bearing, course, ground speed etc can all be displayed or used within the tool


The screen update rate is optional but defaults to 5 times per second, using the google earth radio selection folders you can view the model from various positions

Waypoints and Home

Waypoints and home can also be sent via a serial link

As you or your model travel, the next waypoint and home are marked with optional tracer lines allowing you to easily get your bearings. There are also many other OSD type controls to assist. Below you can see a yellow/green for the next waypoint and a dark line for direction to home

Unfortunately I live in a city so all of my tests have been near my house with simulated altitudes. Hence, a plane in a city

Sorry about the large picture. Scroll right to see the analog instrument controls

ArduPilot, Atto, UAV Dev, Visual Studio, Arduino

Why is VST2008 in admin mode? And is that Exeter?! I can see mu house from there :P

Admin mode because I save home position and window positions to the windows registry. I plan to move user settings to an xml file.

Actaully it's the A38 in Birmingham :)