Hi, my UAV is controlled from the ground station. User control is via a joystick attached to the laptop, application captures and converts the joystick axis throws and converts them for each corresponding servo throw, and pushes the channel value throw out through a modulating USB unit to the buddy port on my RC TX. Otherwise I can have the computer control the rudder and elevator from waypoint to waypoint. This has only been achievable when I stay close enough to use a blue tooth gps device as I am haven't created anything to send the feed back to me.
Have onboard camera gimble for pan and tilt. Live video is streamed back to the application.
3D and 2D, can change between following a 3D model plane or heads up display (OpenGL). Switch between flight or camera mode. Pressing the trigger captures a jpg from the video feed, creates a point on the map and attributes the point with the image. Can switch between flight mode and camera mode so that I can pan and tilt.
Had a friend start on the electronics for a tri axis accelerometer to capture pitch/ roll/ yaw, broadcast this back to me along with the GPS NMEA sentences. However this failed and I have become impatient in waiting.
So, I had a read and watched Paul Hubner's Parrallax Propeller project. Awesome Paul. Basically what I want to develop. I have everthing ready to go on the software end, just need the axis and positional relay from the plane.
I write code by day (and night). The 3D and 2D components are managed code components we produce at work. All of the flight control, video capture and OpenGl etc is all my custom coding, C# object oriented classes. I'm going to rewrite it in C++ to lean it all down and gain performance.
Camera viewing offset currently on 2D map only (sorry not shown in screen shots). Writing code for 3D viewable extent cone from plane to surface. Will calculate XMax, XMin, YMax, YMin of image and georectify (draw onto correct location) for captured images.
video goggle head movement tracker to relay to onboard video gimble.
I would like to attempt the RC Solar powered amateur altitude record and or distance record.
Looking forward to reading more about what others are doing. Would be very interested in partnering up efforts.