Mavelous is an open-source web/HTML-based ground control station for amateur UAVs/
. It is the first open-source ground control station that lets you control your drone from your tablet or even your phone.
Drones are changing the world, and the world of amateur drones is roughly in the Homebrew Computer Club
-stage of enthusiasm and innovation.
I began the mavelous project when I decided I wanted to be able to tap a map location on my iPad/iPhone and make my drone fly there. There was no existing ground control station that could do that, so I created one with the goal of being extremely portable, able to run on anything with a modern web browser.
Mavelous is still in the early stages of development, but tap-the-map flying is a reality; This YouTube video shows my collaborator Pat Hickey flying his drone with an iPad and with an Android phone:
We have a mailing list, and we welcome additional contributors: https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/mavelous
Video of Pat giving a little general background info on Arducopter and ground control stations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTw9d9u7w2s
My ideal outcome would be for mavelous to grow to become the ground control station of choice for applications like drone journalism
, surgical flavor strikes
, and anti-surveillance protest tools