QGroundControl provides full flight control and vehicle setup for PX4 or ArduPilot powered vehicles. It provides easy and straightforward usage for beginners, while still delivering high end feature support for experienced users.
Full setup/configuration of ArduPilot and PX4 Pro powered vehicles.
Flight support for vehicles running PX4 and ArduPilot (or any other autopilot that communicates using the MAVLink protocol).
Mission planning for autonomous flight.
Flight map display showing vehicle position, flight track, waypoints and vehicle instruments.
Video streaming with instrument display overlays.
Support for managing multiple vehicles.
QGC runs on Windows, OS X, Linux platforms, iOS and Android devices.
Configure the QGroundControl application.
Configure and tune your vehicle.
Create autonomous missions.
Monitor you vehicle(s) while flying, including streaming video.
Connecting the drone
In most cases if you have connected to your vehicle directly via USB, through a telemetry radio or over WiFi you should not need to take any additional steps. QGroundControl should detect your vehicle and connect it automatically.
By default QGroundControl will show you the Fly view as shown here. If your vehicle requires additional setup you will be automatically shown the Setup view instead.
You will notice that the toolbar contains additional information when it is connected. It shows you high level status for your vehicle. By clicking on any of these items you can see more detailed information.
Click to show a dropdown of messages from the vehicle. This will change to a Yield sign if there are critical messages.
Shows you satellite count and curent hdop.
RS signal strength information.
Telemetry signals strength information.
Remaining battery percent.
Current flight mode. Click to change flight mode.
The Fly View is the main view you will use while flying your vehicle. You can switch between a map view and a video view.
The map will show you the positions of all the vehicles you are connected to. It will also show you the mission for the current vehicle.
On the left edge of the screen you will see the Fly Tools. The order of tools from top to bottom is:
The Center Map tool allow you to center the map around various points such as home position, vehicle and so forth.
This tool allows you to change the current map type between Street, Satellite and Hybrid (Street+Satellite). The default map provider is Bing since it seems to provide better Hybrid maps. You can change the map provider from the General page of Settings.
At the lower left of the display you will see video output. QGroundControl supports RTP and RTSP video streaming over your vehicles UDP connection. It also support directly connected UVC device support.
By clicking on the video you can make it be the main display for the Fly view.
To the right is an instrument panel showing you current information on your vehicle. The center section of the panel has multiple pages. You can switch between pages by clicking on the center section.
The values shown within the telemetry page can be configured by clicking on the small gear icon.
This page shows you the health of the systems within your Vehicle. If any of the systems switchs from healthy to unhealthy this page will automatically be switched to.
This page show you current vibration values and clip counts.
At the bottom of the view is the Guided Bar. The guided bar allows to to interact with your vehicle directly from the QGroundControl application. Options available vary by Vehicle and current Vehicle state.
This article provides an overview of the available flight modes for Copter and instructions for how to configure which modes are available through the RC Transmitter.
Copter has 14 flight built-in flight modes, 10 of which are regularly used. There are modes to support different levels/types of flight stabilization, a sophisticated autopilot, a follow-me system etc.
Flight modes are controlled through the radio (via a transmitter switch), via mission commands, or using commands from a ground station (GCS) or companion computer.
In general when first starting to use Copter you should progress through the flight modes in the order listed below, being sure that you are comfortable with each before progressing to the next (click the links for more details):
Additional flight modes:
Most transmitters provide a 3 position switch but you can find instructions here for setting up a 6-position flight mode switch.
Flight modes that use GPS-positioning data require an active GPS lock prior to takeoff. To see if your autopilot has acquired GPS lock, connect to a ground station or consult your autopilot’s hardware overview page to see the LED indication for GPS lock. Below is a summary of GPS dependency for Copter flight modes.
Requires GPS lock prior to takeoff:
Do not require GPS lock: