You can fly SMACCMPilot over the secured communication link using a USB gamepad.
At this time, we support the Logitech F710 and F310 gamepads, on a Linux system.
To use a joystick, you will need the driver/kernel support for it. On a Fedora machine, execute
sudo yum install kernel-modules-extra sudo yum install joystick
There is a guide available here that may help.
To test your setup, you can follow instructions here using
jstest --event /dev/input/js0
You may wish to test/calibrate with a graphical interface; you can use jstest-gtk.
Additionally, you will need the Pygame library installed for MAVProxy to be able to recognize the gamepad. If you do not have Pygame installed, you may get the following error:
Unable to load module mavproxy_joystick:
Once your gamepad is properly configured, to enable joystick control, enter
joystick into the MAVProxy terminal. This will attach MAVProxy to the gamepad driver and enable the gamepad commands to be sent to the vehicle.
MAV> joystick Trying joystick 0 joystick found: Logitech Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2 Matched type 'Logitech Logitech Cordless RumblePad 2' 4 axes available 12 buttons available Loaded module mavproxy_joystick MAV>
For gamepad control to be accepted by the vehicle, SMACCMPilot must be in Auto flight mode. The [RC transmitter][rc-tx] deadman switch and mode switch must be in the appropriate positions for the flight controller to enter Auto mode.
We have programmed a deadman switch which must be depressed for SMACCMPilot to accept gamepad inputs.
Once you hold the deadman switch, the gamepad joysticks will control altitude, yaw, pitch, and roll.
TODO: image here showing joystick axes
Flying via the gamepad should be considered unreliable. Transmission errors in the 3DR Radio modems can prevent joystick commands from reaching the flight controller. Make sure to have a separate backup pilot using the [RC transmitter][rc-tx] at all times.