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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Command line autonomous flights with Parrot AR Dro

From: Gautier Hattenberger
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Command line autonomous flights with Parrot AR Drone 2.0?
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:52:21 +0200
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The flight plans are written in a script language based on XML ( and are compiled with the autopilot (which is uploaded and run on the ARDrone or any other supported board).

It means that it can fly out of range of the GCS and continue to execute the flight plan sequence (which you have to carefully write in this case if you want your aircraft back). If you want to change things during the flight, some are possible (moving waypoints, changing block), some are not (adding a new procedure during the flight, creating new waypoints). This kind of control are usually send by the GCS, but it can be done by any other ground agent using the same messages. For more, see:

If you need to have an action on the flight plan during the flight without communication with the ground, you can always write some code running on-board that triggers actions on the flight plan or even call navigation routines.

You can also have a look at the "mission control", but this is pretty recent and not much used yet:


Le 12/10/2014 23:22, nihsnek a écrit :

I have an AR Drone 2.0, a flight recorder, and a Linux laptop setup with paparazzi but I haven't had the ability to go play with the software much, so I would like to ask a few questions to help me determine if I'm going down the right path on this project.

I need to be able to generate a GPS flight path and send the drone on the path and back without using a GUI, and likely being outside of WiFi range of the drone. Of the videos and tutorials I've seen, the drone appears to always be in WiFi range, and commanded with the GUI. From what I've read, it seems possible to upload the Paparazzi control onto the AR Drone, which can be customized to follow a path I upload at the start, but I'm not quite sure where to start.

Is my project doable using the Paparazzi software? Where should I start?

My alternative is to tape a Raspberry Pi to the Drone and have it dictate commands to the drone, but that seems harder.


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