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I am new to ROS and want to use the functionality described here to move my robot to a desired waypoint: http://wiki.ros.org/navigation/Tutorials/SendingSimpleGoals

I am using ROS Melodic on Ubuntu 18.04. I am using a Husky simulated robot in Gazebo, and want to use code to move it to a desired waypoint. Once I reach this step: rostopic list | grep move_base/goal The tutorial says that something should show up, but when I enter this command nothing happens. There is no error, it just does nothing. The tutorial says to check the name of the action and make sure it is "move_base", and to my knowledge it is the same for the Husky robot.

Please help me get this tutorial working for my robot, or if there is something else that achieves the same goal that could also be useful.

Originally posted by adamt11 on ROS Answers with karma: 3 on 2021-11-15

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The following code is in Python but it shows you how to use Waypoints with Husky, currently is an infinite loop, but you can modify accordingly:

Launch the following in separate terminals:

$ roslaunch husky_gazebo husky_empty_world
$ roslaunch husky_viz view_robot.launch
$ roslaunch husky_navigation move_base_mapless_demo.launch

Run the following python program: navigation_husky.py

#! /usr/bin/env python3

import rospy
import actionlib
from move_base_msgs.msg import MoveBaseAction, MoveBaseResult, MoveBaseGoal

class MoveHusky(object):
  def __init__(self):
    self.client = actionlib.SimpleActionClient('/move_base', MoveBaseAction)
    self.goal = MoveBaseGoal()
  def moveToDest(self, x, y):
    self.goal.target_pose.header.frame_id = "odom"
    self.goal.target_pose.pose.position.x = x
    self.goal.target_pose.pose.position.y = y
    self.goal.target_pose.pose.orientation.z = 0.7071
    self.goal.target_pose.pose.orientation.w = 0.7071
    rate = rospy.Rate(10)
    result = self.client.get_result()
    while result == None:
      result = self.client.get_result()
      status = self.client.get_state()
      rospy.loginfo("Status: {}".format(status))
      rospy.loginfo("Result: {}".format(result))

if __name__ == "__main__":
  moveHusky = MoveHusky()

  while not rospy.is_shutdown():
    moveHusky.moveToDest(-4.0, 0.0)
    moveHusky.moveToDest(-4.0, -2.0)
    moveHusky.moveToDest(0.0, 0.0)

Originally posted by osilva with karma: 1650 on 2021-11-15

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Original comments

Comment by osilva on 2021-11-15:
One of the particular thing with Husky, is that the header frame is odom, in the example the Navigation tutorial base_link is used instead.

Comment by adamt11 on 2021-11-16:
Thanks, that python code ran successfully. Why does move_base_mapless_demo need to be launched? I'm not sure exactly what this does.

Comment by osilva on 2021-11-16:
It starts the navigation node by calling move_base.launch:

  <!--- Run Move Base -->  
  <include file="$(find husky_navigation)/launch/move_base.launch">
    <arg name="no_static_map" value="true"/>

And to see what is move_base.launch refer to: https://github.com/husky/husky/blob/noetic-devel/husky_navigation/launch/move_base.launch


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