For the purpose of increasing the capabilities of a quadcopter, I understand we use MavROS to communicate with an autopilot such as Pixhawk. From this, we can access telemetry from the autopilot while sending commands/set points in addition to accessing data from for example, a camera, using ROS Nodes. Since we can connect to the companion computer using WIFI, what is the purpose of using a Ground Control Station Software such as QGroundControl when mission planning information (i.e. waypoints and drone telemetry) can be set or obtained directly from ROS topics?

asked 09 Sep, 09:01

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Hello @WongEeJhun,

A Ground Control Station software provides an friendly interface to the users.

Despite the fact you can access all the information you need using ROS topics or services, for example, it's much easier and convenient to have graphical tools to show you the data you have to monitor and provide controls to actuate in the robot.

I hope it can help you.

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