In order to receive image data from our aircraft, we created a ground unit capable of tracking vehicles through telemetry data. This was used to determine flight paths and target locations. With it we could also configure the aircraft’s path and settings extremely easily and wirelessly.
WARG’s Ground Station was created to be perfectly compatible with PICPilot, controlling all aspects and features of the autopilot system. The setup was simple, consisting of two parts:
The Data Relay Station is a python server. This software is part of the base station. It contributed to the core functionality of all ground systems. The Data Relay connected to the XBee module and distributed the data across a network. Data was transmitted in a comma delimited fashion. This allowed any application to integrate with the PICPilot system.
Github Link: https://github.com/UWARG/WARG-Ground-Station-V2
Instructions to compile: https://github.com/UWARG/WARG-Ground-Station-V2/blob/master/README.md