What are the requirements for GUIDED_NOGPS mode?

Hi all,

I just tried using the GUIDED_NOGPS mode in SITL. It works pretty fine with GPS and compass enabled. However, if I turn GPS and compass off, it seems to work but does not show me the copter on the map. Therefore, I set the origin to some GPS coordinate and after that I only get EKF variance errors and the copter does immediately change to LAND mode. Now, I was wondering what the exact requirements for the GUIDED_NOGPS mode are. I thought it does neither need GPS nor compass.

Hope you can help me with that.


Another way of relative positioning, such as Optical flow sensor. And you have to set home coordinates before takeoff, so you can see relative movement in MP.

Thanks @Eosbandi.
I want to fly without any positioning and by only providing roll, pitch and yaw angles or velocities to move the copter. When I provide nothing, the copter should just hover. Do you know if there is any possibility for that?

Altitude Hold flight mode… to help maintaining altitude or Stabilize flight mode (without automatic altitude control) or Acro mode (if you need adrenaline).


Thanks @mlebret for the quick reply.
Of course I used those. I’ve forgotten to mention that I want to have an autonomous flight but without external positioning, like GPS or optical flow. The reason is that I have a positioning system (only position) which I want to employ. It is very precise but the connection is not so stable and if I try to use normal positioning modes the copter may be uncontrolled if I do not provide position any more.

I’m afraid that is not possible with the pixhawk hardware. The accelerometers and gyroscopes are consumer grade sensors, so their error rate not good enough for navigation._

_With some fiber optic gyros or “tactical grade” mems sensors (www.analog.com/en/products/adis16485.html) it could be possible with only a couple meters error, but not for long time, and the price of these are in the 1-10k usd range.

I suggest you look at an existing system like pozyx so you can compare method and configuration

@mlebret thanks, I am developing an application similar with @xfly. I want to fly in a AC room there are lot of fracture of barometer value . I think Altitude Hold could not work properly in AC room or cloudy weather. So i used rangefinder (maxbotix). But did not fly properly. I used a very basic script that puts the drone to GUIDED_NOGPS mode, armed it and forces it to takeoff for the altitude say 1m, then it straight up for a while and lands. When i armed then it takeoff then drone going straight up. Did not stay in 1m altitude.

Not sure about your exact control but I learned some time ago that GUIDED_NOGPS mode also uses GPS and Barometer values, same as GUIDED. So this may be the reason that your drone did not hold its altitude.

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Hello, I was reading your post. I wonder if you could help me to make my drone take off and hold a desired altitude. Then take the desired heading and start flying forward with a desired incliantion.

Thanks in advance.


@AbelMartinez90 have a look at the documentation of dronekit. There are some examples and I think this one is exactly doing what you want.

Thanks Fabian, yes I discover dronekit few weeks ago an is working perfectly for what I need :slight_smile:

i work on a similar project to what you said in the post

I want to use the GUIDED_NOGPS mode and fly my quad to a certain height and land it
Currently, it does not rise to the required height
Did you find a solution or lines of software help for this topic?

thanks for your help