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GPS Mission Planning in ROS?

asked 2015-06-09 13:33:27 -0500

ahendrix gravatar image

I'm working on my entry for Sparkfun's Autonomous Vehicle Competition, and my current mission planning software is non-existent.

Can anyone recommend a good mission-planning software that would allow me to create a series of GPS waypoints on a map? Bonus points if it integrates well with ROS and rviz, and can be used offline.

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answered 2015-06-10 16:42:44 -0500

ahendrix gravatar image

updated 2015-06-10 16:44:59 -0500

For reference, I ended up writing a simple tool which converts KML/KMZ files into my custom path format:

This means that I can do my mission planning in Google Maps, Google Earth or any other KML editor, and then quickly convert that result for use on my robot.


I also considered rviz_satellite and the Qt Marble framework, but the lack of easily-usable, high-res satellite maps means that they're not very useful for planning a mission the size of AVC.

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answered 2015-06-09 14:40:21 -0500

Mauro gravatar image

You should check the following links, they might be of help:

Some work must be done. Please check the following link, and the links in the Mr. Voon answer, for more details on what, probably, you should have to implement yourself.


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I played with qgroundcontrol a bit, but it doesn't appear able to do mission planning without being connected to a flight computer, and the issue you link to says that the existing ROS node can't emulate a flight computer.

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2015-06-09 15:23:10 -0500 )edit

Have you made any progress in implementing the proposed ROS node which mimics an FPU?

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2015-06-09 15:24:26 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-04-20 04:53:45 -0500

zubair gravatar image

have you check out mission planner , qground control !!

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This is the same as the other answer, but with fewer details, so it isn't very useful.

ahendrix gravatar image ahendrix  ( 2017-04-20 18:43:37 -0500 )edit

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