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Is there a way to specify the initial position of the Robotic from .world file?

asked 2020-01-05 02:39:22 -0600

HaoranBai17 gravatar image

updated 2020-01-05 05:51:46 -0600

gvdhoorn gravatar image

Hi, I winder if I can specify the initial position of the robotic that I can later control using rosrun on some script file in the .world file? For example, when I include a <include> block of turtlebot in the .world file and run on this .world file, the turtlebot in the Gazebo map is not controllable, like this .world file below:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<sdf version="1.5">
  <world name="basic_world">


      <pose>6 3 3.7 0 0.4 2.5</pose>

      <pose>-1.1 2.6 -0.245 -0.78 0 0</pose>


If I then run rosrun on some control script attempt to drive the turtlebot, nothing would happen, the turtlebot seems to be only a 'pure' model on the map, only I ran roslaunch on a turtlebot package and change the map reference to my own map I can control that turtlebot on the map with my Python script, like this:

roslaunch turtlebot_gazebo turtlebot_world.launch

And it seems that to change the initial position of this 'controllable' turtlebot would be something not very easy and smooth, I may have to dive deep into the code of the official turtlebot package and change the initial position, a seperate process of .world file. So my question being, is there a way I can specify the initial position(6 parameters, x, y, z, roll, pitch, yaw) of a controllable turtlebot in the Gazebo .world file? By saying controllable, I mean I can later run rosrun on a Python control script in another terminal to control that turtlebot to make it move and perform certain tasks in the Gazebo simulation.

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I'm doubting whether you wouldn't get better answers/more response on Gazebo Answers. The fact you're using a .world file for this essentially makes it a Gazebo-specific question.

gvdhoorn gravatar image gvdhoorn  ( 2020-01-05 06:02:53 -0600 )edit

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answered 2020-01-16 11:05:37 -0600

Yes, it is possible to spawn the robot at a user-defined pose. See this launch file for an example:

Usage is like this:

sudo apt install ros-melodic-mir-gazebo
roslaunch mir_gazebo mir_empty_world.launch robot_x:=1.0 robot_y:=2.0 robot_yaw:=0.78
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