ARDrone Flight and ARDrone Flight Pro on Android

Looking at Android development for the Parrot AR.Drone .

 

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If you like and use this Android version of the AR.Drone app, please donate to keep development going, using this button:

 

ARDrone Flight Configuration Video

There is now a configuration video which takes you through the inital setup and main features of the App.

 

 

Download ARDrone Flight

 

Available on Google Play Store for free, although V2 owners have to donate via the Platinum features menu:

 

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Also available on Amazon Appstore for Kindle Fire and other Android users:

 

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ARDrone Flight Pro Configuration Video

There is also a Pro configuration video which takes you through the inital setup and main features of the Pro edition.

 

 

 

 

ARDrone Flight Pro What's New Video

There is also a Pro What's New video which shows the new features of the Pro edition.

 

 

 

 

ARDrone Flight Pro Flight Recorder Video

There is also a Pro Flight Recorder video which shows the use of the new Parrot Flight Recorder add-on for V2 drones in the Pro edition.

 

 

 

 

ARDrone Flight Pro, the paid version with all the Platinum Features and V2 Drone support for professional drone pilots, on Google Play Store:

 

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Available on the Amazon Appstore ARDrone Flight Pro for Kindle Fire and other Android users:

 

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This software uses code of FFmpeg licensed under the LGPLv2.1 and its source can be downloaded here.

 

This software uses the unmodified JAR of Apache Commons Net licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0.

 

This software uses the JAR of mapsforge-map-0.3.0-SNAPSHOT-jar-with-dependencies.jar licensed under the GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE.

 

 

Using the ARDrone Flight and ARDrone Flight Pro

 

Once the app is up and running you should see the following screen (video not shown, so if it looks exactly like this, you have a problem with video):

 

Main Flight screen showing on screen controls

 

Main Pro screen showing on screen controls

 

To control the Drone press and hold on the screen button and tilt to move.

 

Video Recording

The record button is top left. It has a red 'R' when not recording. If recording is under way, the centre turns transparent. Video is recorded to the /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/video.

 

Settings Menu

Pressing the menu button on your phone shows the on-screen menu buttons:

 

 

Change Settings (Offline)

Displays the settings screen, allowing configuration changes. Offline is shown when not connected to a drone.

 

Calibrate

Press this menu item to recalibrate the Drone when it is placed on a horizontal surface. For V2 Drones, if you press this when flying, it will calibrate the magnetometer by spinning around.

 

Manage Profiles

Press this menu item to manage the list of profile preferences.

 

Show Drone Location

Press this menu item to toggle the Autonomous mode map on and off.

 

Refresh Licenses

Press this menu item to connect to the internet and refresh your licenses for purchases.

 

Launch CoPilot

Press this menu item to launch a CoPilot connection.

 

Backup / Restore

Press this menu item to backup/restore your current ARDrone Pro settings to/from SD card.

 

Download USB videos

Press this menu item to download videos recorded to the drone USB key. Downloads take place in the background unless you select the 'Show USB transfer activity' option in 'Select visible buttons and UI'.

 

Manage Profiles Dialog

The Manage Profiles dialog shows a list of the preference profiles you have created, allowing you to create or remove profiles.

Profiles allow you to create a set of preferences and then switch between them quickly.

For example, you can create an indoor profile for flying indoors, using the indoor hull; an outdoor profile with the outdoor hull and more agressive angle limits; or a beginner or expert profile.

It is up to you how you want to use a group of preference settings.

 

 

New Profile Dialog

Pressing 'New Profile' displays the New Profile dialog to enter the name of your new preference profile.

 

 

Remove Profile Dialog

Pressing 'Remove Profile' will confirm you want to remove the current highlighted preference profile.

 

 

 

Flight Preferences

The main preferences allows you to configure your AR.Drone via various sub menus.

The sub-menus are Platinum Features or Licensing and Mapping for Pro, Flight Animations, Drone Information, Joystick Settings

The top of the preferences screen (scroll down for more):

 

 

Then we have Flight Settings, User Interface and Feedback, Enemy Detection and finally Gamepad Mapping.

The next section of the preferences screen (scroll down for more):

 

 

Platinum Features

Platinum Features allow you to get the premium features: Donate to also fly V2 Drones, Autonomous Flight and Flight Animations.

 

Platinum Features:

 

 

The next section of the Platinum Features:

 

 

Licensing and Mapping

Licensing and Mapping allows you to refresh your Pro license and to download a map for Autonomous Flight.

 

Licensing and Mapping:

 

 

Drone Information

Drone Information allows you to update you firmware, auto-connect to the Drone (Pro only) or configure a different Drone IP address.

 

Drone Information:

 

 

Use 3G/LTE connection

When checked, tells the ARDrone Flight app to turn of wifi ui as a 3G connection is being used to the drone. The drone will connect to the 3G WiFi access point and you connect to the 3G access point IP over 3G.

 

3G WiFi Access Point

When 'Use 3G/LTE connection' is checked, press this to enter the 3G WiFi access point information.

 

 

3G WiFi Access Point SSID

This is the SSID of the 3G WiFi access point that the Drone will connect to.

 

3G WiFi Access Point IP

This is the IP of the 3G WiFi access point gateway that the Drone will connect to.

 

Modify drone to use 3G WiFi Access Point

When pressed it will temporarily update the drone to connect to the 3G WiFi access point. You have to be connected to the drone wifi for this to work. Simply cycle the drone power to return the drone to normal operation.

 

Drone Information continued:

 

 

Use different IP address

When checked, tells the ARDrone Flight app to use the IP address in the 'Drone IP address' preference to talk to the Drone. The default IP address is 192.168.1.1.

 

Drone IP address

When 'Use different IP address' is checked, press this to enter the IP address of the Drone. The default IP address is 192.168.1.1.

 

Auto-connect to Drone WiFi (Pro only)

When checked, a dialog will appear to allow you to choose your Drone WIFI SSID.

This SSID will be connected to automatically at app start-up or when switching back from the Licensing and Mapping or Firmware downloads.

 

 

 

Drone SSID (Pro Only)

When 'Auto-connect to Drone WiFi' is checked, press this to modify the WiFi SSID of the Drone. The SSID should be surrounded by quotes (").

 

Check firmware version

Press this preference entry to go the Firmware Update screen.

 

Pair this device with the drone

When selected the current device will be paired with the drone so other MAC addresses will no longer be able to connect to the drone WiFi.

 

ARDrone Flight - Firmware Update

 

 

This shows the current firmware installed on the Drone and downloaded to /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/firmware/ardrone_update.plf.

Use the V2 Drone check box when offline only. It allows you to choose the drone version you are downloading the firmware for.

 

Parrot Firmware Download

Press this button to download the latest Drone firmware from the Parrot website. It is a 6MB file, so if you are using the MobileAP on your phone, then it will download over your data connection. If you don't have a different IP address configured for you Drone, it assumes you are using ahdoc wifi, so shows the wifi settings screen to allow you to switch to the internet and back to the Drone wifi.

It downloads to /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/firmware

 

 

Firmware Download

Press this button to download the latest unofficial Drone firmware. It is a 6MB file, so if you are using the MobileAP on your phone, then it will download over your data connection. If you don't have a different IP address configured for you Drone, it assumes you are using ahdoc wifi, so shows the wifi settings screen to allow you to switch to the internet and back to the Drone wifi.

It downloads to /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/firmware

 

 

ARDrone Flight - Firmware List:

 

 

Update Drone

Press this button to update the Drone firmware from the /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/firmware/ardrone_update.plf. The button is only enabled if the file is present on the SD card.

You can copy this onto your SD card before starting the ARDrone Flight app. This allows you to install different versions of the firmware than the one currently available from the Parrot website.

Firmware downgrades are also supported.

 

 

Joystick Settings

Joystick Settings allow you to choose the settings for the cyclic and collective joystick.

 

 

Choose cyclic control mode

Pressing this shows a list box with the various ways of controlling the Drone pitch and roll (cyclic control).

 

 

 

Screen press tilt control

In this mode, you use the tilt of your phone to control pitch and roll by touching and holding anywhere on the screen.

You can also control the drone by holding on the collective joystick, then tilt controls pitch and roll and the collective joystick controls height and yaw.

 

Button press tilt control

In this mode, a small button is shown where the cyclic joystic would be displayed. Pressing and holding this is the only way of activating the tilt control for pitch and roll.

 

Toggle tilt control

In this mode, a small button is shown where the cyclic joystic would be displayed. Pressing this toggles between tilt control mode and hovering. In tilt control mode you no longer have to keep touching the screen while tilting your phone to control pitch and roll. Toggling out of tilt mode is the only way to get the Drone to go into a hands-off hover.

If you have Text to Speech enabled, a voice prompt is given stating when tilt control is active or disabled.

 

On-screen cyclic joystick

In this mode, an on-screen cyclic joystick is shown which can be used to control pitch and roll like a helicopter cyclic joystick. The cyclic joystick controls the drone pitch (via up/down) and roll (via left/right).

The tilt control of the drone is disabled.

 

Gamepad controls only

In this mode, neither the on-screen cyclic or collective joysticks are shown. Use this mode only if you are controlling the drone from a USB/BlueTooth gamepad.

 

 

Joystick Settings continued:

 

 

Show collective joystick on left

When checked, shows the on-screen collective joystick on the left rather than the right. The collective joystick controls the drone height (via up/down) and yaw (via left/right).

If the Use cyclic joystick is also checked, then the cyclic joystcick will be shown on the right rather than the left.

 

Use larger on-screen joystick

When checked, the on-screen joystick will be larger. This is useful on devices with larger screens.

 

Use joystick touch centering

When checked, the on-screen joystick can be touched anywhere and this is taken to be the centre of the joystick. You can run out of range in this mode, if you hit the edge of the screen, so lift off and try touching closer to the joystick centre.

 

Joystick settings continued:

 

 

Maximum tilt angle for full pitch input

Adjusts the angle you have to tilt for full pitch input.

 

Maximum tilt angle for full roll input

Adjusts the angle you have to tilt for full roll input.

 

Cyclic Joystick deadzone

Adjusts the amount you have to move the cyclic joystick before the drone starts pitching or rolling.

 

Cyclic Joystick sensitivity

Adjusts the how quickly the drone responds to the cyclic joystick movements.

 

Joystick settings continued:

 

 

Climb Joystick deadzone

Adjusts the amount you have to move the climb joystick axis before the drone starts changing altitude.

 

Climb Joystick sensitivity

Adjusts the how quickly the drone responds to the climb joystick axis movements.

 

Yaw Joystick deadzone

Adjusts the amount you have to move the yaw joystick axis before the drone starts rotating.

 

Yaw Joystick sensitivity

Adjusts the how quickly the drone responds to the yaw joystick axis movements.

 

Joystick Motion

Joystick Motion shows the current gamepad motion for cyclic and collective, or cyclic tilt when pressing on the screen.

Use this to show quickly adjust deadzones and sensitivities.

 

 

Flight Settings

Flight Settings allow you to choose the settings in the Drone which changes its flight characteristics.

 

 

Limit maximum altitude

This slider limits the maximum height of the AR.Drone in meters. It defaults to 3m.

You should only use up to 10m for a V1 Drone. If you try to go above 30m you get a wifi range warning.

 

 

Outdoor hull

When checked, tells the AR.Drone that it is flying with the outdoor hull.

 

Outdoor mode

When checked, tells the AR.Drone that it is flying outside and should allow for wind.

 

Flight mode - normal, combined yaw or absolute

Pressing this shows a list box with the various ways of controlling the combined yaw flight mode (simple flight mode).

 

 

Normal

In this mode, moving foward (via tilt or cyclic) flies the Drone in the direction the front camera is facing. This is like first person mode, so you fly as if you are sitting in the Drone.

 

Combined yaw - collective yaw active

In this mode, tilting the drone left and right will also cause it to yaw to the left and right. The collective joystick can also be used to yaw the Drone.

 

Combined yaw - collective yaw disabled

In this mode, tilting the drone left and right will also cause it to yaw to the left and right. The collective joystick only controls the Drone height and has no effect on yaw.

 

Absolute - forward set at take-off

In this mode, moving forward flies the drone in the direction you were facing at take off. This is like third person mode, so forward/back/left/right are all relative to the direction you were facing when the Drone took off, with forward flying away from you.

 

Absolute - adjusted by device compass

In this mode, moving forward flies the drone in the direction you are facing, and it uses your device compass to know if you turn round after taking off. This is like third person mode, so forward/back/left/right are all relative to the direction you are currently facing, with forward flying away from you.

 

Flight Settings continued:

 

 

Yaw rate

Adjusts the speed at which the AR.Drone responds to control changes in pitch and yaw in degrees/s.

 

Climb rate

Adjusts the rate at which the AR.Drone changes altitude in mm/s.

 

Maximum tilt

Adjusts the maximum angle to which the AR.Drone will tilt. This affects the maximum manouvering speed.

 

User Interface and Feedback

User Interface and Feedback allows you to choose the UI settings which are shown on-screen or via audio or vibration feedback.

 

 

Colours and Scaling

The various colours and scaling options.

 

Video and Recording

The video and recording options.

 

UI Options

The main UI options.

 

HUD Options

The HUD options.

 

Colours and Scaling

 

Transparency

Controls how opaque the controls are over the video.

 

Text Scale

Controls the size of the on-screen text.

 

User Interface and Feedback continued:

 

Icon Scale

Controls the size of the on-screen icons.

 

Colours and Scaling continued

 

Joystick Thumb Scale

Controls the size of the on-screen joystick central thumb button.

 

Joystick Scale

Controls the size of the on-screen joystick background. Changing this size will mean you also need to change sensitivities and deadzones

 

Adjust on-screen colour

Adjusts the colour hue of the on-screen joysticks and buttons. In the Pro edition this adjusts all icon colours not just the joysticks.

 

Adjust on-screen colour saturation (Pro only)

Adjusts the colour saturation of the on-screen controls.

 

Video and Recording

 

Use adaptive video

When checked, the video quality adjusts depending on the frame rate being shown. So the faster the device, the better the quality.

 

Use P264/H264 codec

When checked, the P264 or H264 video codec is used, depending on the Drone version. When unchecked the original VLIB or soft codec is used.

 

Video Bitrate

This slider is only active if the 'Use adaptive video' check-box is unchecked.

It allows you to control the bitrate of the video sent from the Drone.

 

Set device video performance

Pressing this brings up a list of device performance settings, for use with V2 Drones.

It allows you to choose performance of the device you are using.

 

 

Video and Recording continued

 

Record Bitrate

This slider controls the recorded video bitrate quality. Only for local overlay recordings.

Increasing the bitrate will give better quality video but with a larger file size.

 

Use single file for video recordings

Overwrites the single local recording file. Only for local overlay recordings.

 

Set video recording mode

Press this to select from a list of different video recording modes

 

USB recording

If a USB stick is inserted in the V2 Drone then recording will take place on this.

It will fall back to local recording if no USB stick is detected.

USB time remaining will be shown as a USB: hours mins secs on-screen prompt.

 

Local recording

Local recording will be at 640x360 or HD 720 if overlay recording is not enabled.

 

Overlay drone information when recording

When checked, and local recording is active, this overlays extra drone information on the recording. Local recording will be 640x360, but will reduce the recorded FPS. When unchecked, local recording will be HD 720P, and have little impact on the recorded FPS.

 

Start recording at take-off

Video recording will automatically start at take-off and stop on landing.

 

Overlay recording options

 

Depending on Drone version, this includes height, heading, horizontal velocities,

battery level, wifi strength and quality,

estimated drone wind speed and wind direction.

N.B. This is only done for local recordings.

 

UI Options

Use haptic feedback

When checked, touching the screen will give a haptic vibration, if this is enabled in system settings.

Drone error conditions will produce a morse code SOS vibration pattern.

 

Use audio feedback

When checked, touching the screen will give an audio click, if this is enabled in system settings.

 

Use text to speech feedback

When checked, touching the buttons or error conditions will be spoken.

If text to speech is not installed then you should be prompted to install, but speech will not be heard until the ARDrone app is restarted.

 

Use imperial (ft)

When checked, speeds will be in ft/s, distances in yards and heights in ft.

 

Export Layout

When pressed, the current UI layout will be exported to /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/layout/ARDroneLayout.XML.

Use this to create a custom UI layout. Errors in the sdcard XML file will mean the built-in layout will be used.

In the worst case scenario, if the UI fails to load, simply delete the sdcard file.

If the sdcard file is present, you will be prompted if you want to overwrite it when Export is pressed.

 

Show visible buttons and UI

When pressed, shows a list of the UI elements that can be turned on and off.

 

 

Use on-screen exit button

When checked, shows an on-screen exit button.

This disables the back button exit.

 

Show wifi signal strength

When checked, shows a wifi signal strength icon.

N.B. This is the same as the wifi signal meter on your Android notification bar.

 

Show wifi link quality

When checked, shows a wifi link quality icon.

This is a measure of errors in the wifi link reported by the Drone. Lower levels indicate interference in the wifi signal which will cause video drop-outs or control lag.

 

Show profile switch button

When checked, shows the profile switch button used to switch between the profiles.

 

Show camera switch button

When checked, shows the camera switch button used to change between the drone cameras.

 

Show snapshot button

When checked, shows the snapshot button used to take a drone camera snapshot saved to the /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/media folder.

 

Show record button

When checked, shows the record button used to record video.

 

Show map button

When checked, shows the map button used to show or hide the autonomous mode map. Press the map area to update the map.

 

Show flight animation buttons

When checked, shows the flight animation buttons used to select/play drone flight animations like V2 flips.

 

Show hide button

When checked, shows the hide button used to turn on/off all the UI elements except for HUD .

 

Always show Auto Hover

When checked, always shows the auto-hover button used turn off the drone auto-hover which makes for smoother stops when recording video. Position holding is disabled when auto-hover is off.

 

Show USB transfer activity

When checked, shows a progress dialog when USB videos are being transferred from a Drone USB stick to the local /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/video folder. It takes place in the background when not checked.

 

Information block 1/2

Pressing this displays a list of the text that can be displayed in the left and right information blocks.

Information block 1 is on the left. Any options which are checked for both info 1 and info 2 will only be shown in information block 1.

 

 

 

Show altitude

Show drone altitude.

 

Show heading

Show drone heading.

 

Show velocity

Show drone velocity.

 

Show FPS

Show current display frames/sec.

 

Show USB recording time when available

If a USB stick is detected in the drone, the available recording time will be shown.

 

Show flight time

When checked, shows the elapsed flying time since starting ARDrone Flight.

Re-start the app each time you change the battery and it will be the elapsed time for the battery.

 

Show FPS

Show current display frames/sec.

 

Show WiFi dB

When checked, shows the WiFi strength in dB.

 

Show link quality

When checked, shows the wifi link quality.

This is a measure of errors in the wifi link reported by the Drone. Lower levels indicate interference in the wifi signal which will cause video drop-outs or control lag.

 

Show connected SSID

When checked, shows the wifi SSID that is currently connected.

 

Show GPS fix

When checked, shows the GPS fix accuracy in meters / yards.

This is only shown when the Parrot Flight Recorder is installed in the drone.

 

Show GPS distance

When checked, shows the distance between your device GPS and the drone GPS.

This is only shown when you have been into the map display and requires both a device GPS and a Flight Recorder in the drone.

Due to the GPS errors in both devices, the distance can be significantly out from the actual distance, so should not be relied on for range calculations.

 

Show profile name

When checked, shows the name of the currently selected profile.

 

Notification options

Pressing this shows a list box with the various ways of notifying via text to speech.

When the Pebble option is selected the selected notification options will also be sent to a pebble smartwatch.

 

 

Navdata tracing mode

Pressing this shows a list box with the various ways of controlling navdata tracing.

More detailed navigation data is returned from the Drone and logged as .txt files to the /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/logs folder.

This should only be used when analysing errors in the Drone and to send information to Parrot.

 

 

 

 

No tracing

No navdata tracing is enabled.

This is the default mode and how it should normally be used.

 

Full tracing

In this mode, full navdata is traced to the /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/logs/mesures_"Date"_"Time".txt file.

A lot of data is returned from the Drone, producing a large file and impacting the control performance.

Only use this mode when trying to diagnose a Drone fault.

 

Motor diagnostics

In this mode, the Drone motor control information is returned and traced to the /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/logs/mesures_"Date"_"Time".txt file.

Only use this mode when trying to diagnose a Drone motor fault.

For my Drone, rotors were spinning up and then the take-off aborted with a Rotor Cut. Bursts of 255 values in the motor PWM column indicated a possible motor problem which was cured by replacing the affected motor.

 

 

Pro HUD options

This section of settings is only present in Flight Pro:

 

Show HUD 3D model

When checked, shows a 3D model representing the Drone orientation and heading.

 

Use device compass heading for 3D model

When checked, the model heading will be relative to your device compass, so when they match the model will be facing straight up. When not checked, straight up is North.

You need to calibrate both your device compass (move in a figure of 8) and the V2 Drone by pressing Calibrate when flying.

V1 Drones do not have a magnetic compass, so North is set when the battery is connected and suffers from drift due to gyro precession .

 

Show HUD attitude

When checked, a HUD attitude graticule which shows the Drone pitch and yaw relative to the horizon.

 

Show HUD velocity vector

When checked, shows the direction of the drone flight relative to its orientation.

 

Enemy Detection

Enemy Detection is used to control the ARDrone Combatsettings.

 

 

 

Gamepad Mapping

There is now a Gamepad mapping screen to allow the gamepad controls to be mapped for different controllers.

Touching a button section will prompt you to press a gamepad button for a Drone control.

Touching a joystick section will prompt you to move a gamepad joystick axis through its full range to select it for a Drone joystick.

If you have more than one gamepad, then use a different profile for each controller.

N.B. Gamepad mapping is only supported on Android 3.1 and newer and not all newer devices support gamepads. Check with your manufacturer for gamepad support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autonomous Flight

 

This is an autonomous mode using the inertial navigation system (INS) of the drone combined with you device GPS. It has also support for the Parrot Flight Recorder.

When an autonomous mode is active, the Drone icon will turn red. Press anywhere on the Drone control screen to turn off autonomous mode, or choose the Disabled option and the Drone icon will turn black.

Autonomous control will automatically turn off within 5m of your location, due to the errors in GPS and INS.

N.B. Without the Parrot Flight Recorder this only uses INS, which isn't very accurate and you must remember to calibrate your Drone, using your device GPS and compass before take off, to set its compass correction and location. Use it for fun in an open area, but do not rely on it due to INS errors.

 

It uses the offline mapping provided by Mapsforge.

 

For ARDrone Flight Pro, Autonomous Mode is included and the map can be added via the Licensing and Mapping setting.

For ARDrone Flight, Autonomous Mode is a Platinum Feature, enabled via in-app billing from the Platinum Features menu "Add Autonomous Flight".

You will be prompted to connect to the internet before seeing the Platinum Features screen.

Once you have brought the Autonomous Flight feature, the select option will be enabled and you can download a map.

You will also see the GPS symbol on the main screen and the "Show Drone Location" menu option which gets you into Autonomous Flight mode.

 

 

Select the MapsForge map for your area

You need to download a single map for your region using the built-in MapsForge map picker from the selection option.

This uses the Mapsforge map download site.

 

 

Choose a single map for your region and it will show you a dialog with the selected map and its size.

N.B. The maps are a big download, so only use mobile data if you have an unlimited contract.

 

The map will automatically be downloaded and renamed to /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/map/ARDrone.map. Without a map, you will not be able to use the autonomous feature.

Autonomous Flight only uses a single map for your region, so download a single map for the area where you are going to fly the Drone.

 

If the MapsForge site doesn't have a map for your region, then you can also create your own maps following the Mapsforge map creation instructions.

See the Maps section below for more details.

 

Compass Rotation (or Hdg)

When this is checked, the map is rotated to your device compass heading.

 

Show Track (or Trk)

When this is checked, the track of your Drone flight will be displayed as the Drone moves. It is not recorded to a file.

 

Auto button

Pressing the 'Auto' button brings up the Autonomous Mode selection dialog.

 

 

 

Set Drone location and Compass

The INS suffers from precession, and has to be reset to your device compass and your location before every take-off when you plan to try autonomous control. Selecting this mode brings up the calibration dialog.

 

The Autonomous Mode dialog:

 

 

 

Come Here

Pressing this turns on the Come Here autonomous mode where the Drone flies to your current location.

 

 

Face Me

Pressing this should get the Drone to face you, so it should be used to check that the GPS and compass calibration worked.

 

 

Use Waypoints

Touching on the map allows you to add waypoints to build up a flight path for the Drone to follow. Touch a waypoint to remove it from the list.

Pressing 'Use Waypoints' will get the Drone to fly to the first waypoint and then move to each waypoint in turn.

N.B. Do not use waypoints over a large area, as the Drone is only able to fly 50m from your device, due to the wifi limited range.

 

 

Disabled

Press this to turn off the autonomous control of the Drone.

 

 

Track / Track and hold distance

These two options are experimental and are used in conjunction with Enemy Detection built into the drone firmware.

Select the colour and type you want to track in the Enemy Detection settings.

Hover the drone and make sure you see the tracking box following the target. Then choose 'Track' or 'Track and hold distance'.

Track just keeps the drone camera locked on the target adjusting heading and height.

Track and hold distance will attempt to keep the drone at a constant range from the target. This uses the built in drone firmware detection range estimate which is not accurate as the drone only has a single camera, so should be used with care.

 

 

Generating MapsForge Map (Mac example)

* Download the OSMOSIS package.

* Follow the installation instructions.

* Get the relevant OSM .pbf file for your area.

* Install the MapsForge mapwriter JAR to: ~/.openstreetmap/osmosis/plugins/mapsforge-map-writer-0.3.0-SNAPSHOT-jar-with-dependencies.jar

* Run Osmosis to generate the MapsForge Map.

e.g. to read in the full England Map and output using HD:

bin/osmosis --rb file=england.osm.pbf --mapfile-writer file=ARDrone.map type=hd

 

 

Platinum Feature - Flight Animations

Flight Animations is a Platinum Feature, enabled via in-app billing from the Platinum Features menu "Add Flight Animations".

You will be prompted to connect to the internet before seeing the Platinum Features screen.

Once you have brought the Flight Animations feature, the Flight Animations menu will be enabled and the new on-screen controls will appear.

 

 

Flight Animations allow to to build up multiple list of flight animations and play them back when the Drone is flying.

This includes the new V2 Drone Flips.

N.B. It is your responsibility to ensure your are flying your Drone in a big enough area and high enough to carry out the animation sequence.

 

It uses two new on-screen controls on the bottom left of the screen.

 

The Play button (bottom left corner) allows you to start the current selected Flight Animation sequence. It changes to a Stop button while the animation is active.

To the right is the Next Animation button. This moves through your list of Flight Animations, showing the current selection via an on-screen prompt.

 

Flight Animations Menu

You manage your Flight Animations from the Flight Animations menu.

This takes you to your list of Flight Animation sequences which can be added, edited and removed.

Pressing Edit or Add takes you to the Edit screen for a given Flight Animation sequence.

 

Flight Animation Sequence Edit

You can name your sequence and choose if you want the sequence to run once, or keep repeating until you hit the Stop button.

The rest of the screen shows the list of Flight Animations that make up your sequence.

Select an individual animation and press Edit to edit it; Add to add and new one; Remove to remove the animation.

 

 

Flight Animation Edit

The Flight Animation edit screen allows you to change the animation or the delay (in seconds) after the individual animation.

Selecting the drop down list of animations will show the full list of animations available.

 

Flight Animation List

The Flight Animation list shows the full list of animations for both V1 and V2 Drones.

Please note that the animations marked with (V2 only) will only work with V2 Drones.

 

 

 

 

Flight Recorder

The Parrot Flight Recorder is now supported in two modes.

In the Autonomous mode it adds drone GPS support, so it is no longer necessary to set the drone location.

Planner mode is a new full screen map mode, selected from the Plan button, which allows control of the drone using the MAVLink protocol as used by QGroundControl.

N.B. Flight Recorder support was only added in Parrot firmware 2.4.1, which suffers from fly-away issues. Currently 2.4.7 is the firmware Parrot recommend.

Your device must also have a GPS and you need to download a map for your area before it can be used.

Due to current issues with Parrot firmware sensor fusion, when the Flight Recorder is installed you need a better than 15m 3D fix with the GPS fix LED flashing before you can take-off.

 

 

 

Flight Recorder Settings

The Flight Recorder settings entry allows configuration of the interaction with the flight recorder.

 

 

 

Use full screen for map planner

The planner mode defaults to showing the settings button and HUD on the left, but for small screen devices you can choose to use the full screen for more map area.

 

GPS fix needed for Flight Recorder autonomous control

This slider controls the GPS fix accuracy that is needed before the MAVLink Waypoint following, Launch, Home and Here buttons are enabled.

The better the 3D GPS fix, the more stable the flight will be. It defaults to 6m.

 

Waypoint Editing

Pressing on a map waypoint now brings up a new edit dialog to allow you to edit the waypoint settings.

N.B. The new settings and height are only used by MAVLink Follow Waypoints mode. The Map Autonomous mode just uses the location.

For more detail on the waypoint format, see the Waypoint protocol.

 

 

 

Waypoint type

The Waypoint type drop down shows a list of the available MAV_CMDs.

Current Parrot firmware has a limitation that only Global MSL altitude can be used if you want the drone to fly at different heights above ground, when they should be using Global relative altitude.

 

 

 

Waypoints

Pressing the 'Waypoints' button takes you to the waypoint selection dialog which allows different waypoint files to be created and switched between.

Waypoint files are compatible with the QGroundControl file format.

 

 

 

Follow Waypoints

Pressing 'Follow Waypoints' uses the new MAVLink autonomous control to follow the active waypoints list.

The button will only be enabled if a sufficiently accurate GPS fix is available.

When the drone is under MAVLink waypoint following mode you cannot use manual controls and only the 'Disable' or 'Emergency' buttons will stop it.

 

New File

Pressing 'New File' creates a new waypoint file. The .txt extension is added automatically and it is created in /sdcard/ARDroneFlight/map.

 

Remove All

Pressing 'Remove All' prompts you to confirm that you want to clear all the waypoints from the currently selected waypoint file.

 

MAVLink Control

In addition to 'Follow Waypoints', Planner mode has new MAVLink control buttons Launch, Home, Here, Disable and Emergency.

Follow Waypoints, Launch, Home and Here are only enabled with a good enough 3D GPS fix is available.

The Sat checkbox can only be used if you have connected to the internet in your area recently, as Google don't allow apps to cache this information.

The GPS checkbox allows the GPS and battery text to removed on a smaller screen. It defaults to be checked.

The Trk checkbox shows a track of the drone positions. It is not persisted and clears automatically when getting too large for Google maps.

When a better than 6m fix is available, the drone icon turns blue to indicate the best fix for MAVLink control.

N.B. There are no manual controls via gamepad available when MAVLink control is active. Exit planner mode by pressing Map or Close to regain manual control.

 

 

 

Launch / Land

Pressing 'Launch' instructs the drone to take off and hover at the current position. The text changes to Land to land again.

If the button is greyed out and the Drone still flying, then use Emergency to land the drone.

 

Home

Pressing 'Home' returns the drone to the current home position as determined by Parrot. This can either be the last launch position, first waypoint or current position, as Parrot are unclear what it does.

 

Here

Pressing 'Here' will fly the drone to your current GPS position.

 

Disable

Pressing 'Disable' tells the drone to stop its current activity and hold its current position.

 

Emergency

Pressing 'Emergency' tells the drone to stop its current activity and land at its current position.

N.B. This is via a controlled landing, not a rotor cut. It should also be used to reset the Launch state if the drone crashes.

 

 

 

FAQ

 

 

 

1. Why can't I take-off with a V2 Drone?

 

2. What are Platinum Features?

 

3. Why can't I fly a V2 Drone when I have Combat?

 

4. What is the difference between Flight and Flight Pro?

 

 

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