APSync is a new project that aims to ease the setup of Companion Computers for use with ArduPilot. It has just entered it’s first Beta testing period with images available for the Intel Edison, Rapberry Pi and NVidia TX1.
The project’s initial aims are on the APSync wiki page but this first beta release includes just the first step which is to immediately create a Wifi Accesspoint which allows easy wifi connection to ardupilot running on the flight controller and real-time logging to the companion computer. The advantage of logging to the companion computer is that it’s much faster to get the log files off the companion computer (using Wifi) than it is to download the logs directly from the flight controller (i.e. Pixhawk).
This first step is a prerequisite for future steps including:
- automatic upload of data files (logs, pictures, videos) to a configurable webserver
- simple configuration web page (running on the drone) to turn on/off services, configure access point names, etc
- flexible video streaming system
This is all open source of course so we’re looking forward to people trying it out, providing feedback and also developers joining in.
Thanks to EnRoute for providing initial support to get this project rolling!