Not long ago, DJI release iPad Ground Station, an iPad app and hardware combination that allows Phantoms and other DJI-powered multicopters to fly autonomous missions using waypoints. iPad Ground Station is a free app in the Apple App Store, but it requires that you purchase and install 2.4G Bluetooth Data Link. This post is specifically about installing Data Link into a Phantom 2.
It can be hard to imagine how all these parts work together. Data Link has actually been an existing product for some time, but it was previously used with Windows-based ground station software, and normally on higher-end multicopters like the S800. Adding an iPad Ground Station app makes the whole package much easier to use, even on Phantoms, with which dedicated ground stations aren’t the norm. Ground Station is described as a Bluetooth solution… so how does iPad use Bluetooth to talk to your Phantom 2 over such long distances? Ground Station package includes both “ground” and “air” ends, and those are what actually talk to each other. The iPad does use Bluetooth, but talks only to a Bluetooth CAN BUS adapter that plugs into the ground end (included in the Data Link package). Your iPad doesn’t have to try to talk to the multicopter, directly; instead, it only needs to talk to the ground end of the system, which uses its more-powerful transceiver to talk to the air end, which is installed in the Phantom.Comments