I want to submit my gains for the PID regulator via MAVLink. Unfortunately, I am not very used to MAVLink and there are several functions which may be used for that purpose (I think). My string is currently JSON formatted and I was directly sending it to the serial port before.

Is there a straight forward way to submit the data like it is (see below) with MAVLink, or is it better not to transfer a JSON string with MAVLink and submit each single value? If yes, what is the function of choice.

So far I noticed that for most of the sensors, there are already MAVLink function defined. For the PID gains I found not so much.

AP_HAL::UARTDriver *pOut = uartX == UART_C ? hal.uartC : hal.uartA;
pOut->printf( "{\"t\":\"pid_cnf\","
              static_cast<double>(pit_rkp), static_cast<double>(pit_rki), static_cast<double>(pit_rkd), static_cast<double>(pit_rimax),
              static_cast<double>(rol_rkp), static_cast<double>(rol_rki), static_cast<double>(rol_rkd), static_cast<double>(rol_rimax),
              static_cast<double>(yaw_rkp), static_cast<double>(yaw_rki), static_cast<double>(yaw_rkd), static_cast<double>(yaw_rimax),
              static_cast<double>(pit_skp), static_cast<double>(rol_skp), static_cast<double>(yaw_skp) );
  • $\begingroup$ static_cast is a C++ feature, not C. please modify the list of tags to indicate C++ and not C $\endgroup$ Apr 11, 2015 at 19:40

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You need to use the mavlink parameter protocol, which is a coordinated set of mavlink messages between the ground control station and the vehicle (a bit trickier than just sending strings over the serial port, unfortunately). The protocol is documented here: http://qgroundcontrol.org/mavlink/parameter_protocol

The following diagrams shows the flow of messages (replace "QGroundControl" with your application and "MAV Component" with your vehicle):

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(You might also want to double check the parameter names for the particular flight controller/vehicle you're using, e.g. here are the parameters for ArduCopter/APM:Copter: http://copter.ardupilot.com/wiki/configuration/arducopter-parameters/)


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