QGroundControl is an easy to use MacOS X Micro Air Vehicle Ground Control Station / Operator Control Unit.
QGroundControl is based on PIXHAWK's Groundstation and is now developed in a joint effort with the community.
Once you start up QGroundControl, you will get a 2D aerial map and an information box on the right. Please note that in this mode most widgets are hidden, so you won't see the full functionality until a system is connected.
Click on “Simulate” to simulate two vehicles to see QGroundControl in action. Once the simulation is running, you won't see more widgets immediately, but you have now the option to enable them through the menu.
Start to explore the application by selecting different views (e.g. Google Earth, Line charts, etc.) and by adding widgets to your current view, e.g. the Flight Display or Payload Status. This setup will be stored for the next time you start up QGroundControl, so take your time to customize it.
Here are some key features of "QGroundControl":
· Open-source MAVLink Micro Air Vehicle Communication Protocol with lightweight serialization functions for microcontrollers
· Windows / Linux / MacOS support
· 2/3D aerial maps (Google Earth support) with drag-and-drop waypoints
· In-flight manipulation of waypoints and onboard parameters (in EEPROM)
· Real-time plotting of sensor and telemetry data
· Logging and plotting of sensor logs
· Support for UDP, serial (radio modem) and mesh networks
· Supports multiple Autopilots (pxIMU, ArduPilotMega, SLUGS, MatrixPilot/UAVDevBoard, many more)
· MAVLink protocol supports up to 255 vehicles in parallel and project-specific custom messages can be added
· Head-up-display, support for digital video transmission/display
· Competition-proven at IMAV and EMAV competitions (QGroundControl was used in the EMAV 2009 1st place Indoor Autonomy entry)