How to Arm and Disarm Ardupilot-SITL Rover

Author: Masoud Iranmehr

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Arm and Disarm

Arm and Disarm using MAVProxy or Ardupilot-SITL

You can send your commands directly from your terminal provided by MAVProxy or SITL. For this just type this command:

  • arm throttle - Arms the robot

  • disarm - Disarms the robot

Arm and Disarm using ROS rqt

At first you need to add two plugin from rqt:

Plugins -> Topics -> Topic Monitor
Plugins -> Services -> Service Caller

Then in "Topic Monitor" side, you have to tick the topic of "/mavros/state" to view its contents, so that you can get the vehicle mode and also some other parameters such as "arm status" and "Guided status".

Then in "Service Caller" side, you have to select "/mavros/cmd/arming" and then in the field of "value", you can set your arm status as a bool type variable (False/ True). Then click on "call" button to send this message. The result should be as follow:


Arm and Disarm using ROS commands lines

Monitoring Rover general status (Arm status and Mode name)

If you want to view the general status of your ardupilot robot in MAVROS, you have to know all the topics created by MAVROS:

  • rostopic list - Returns all topics available

Then you can see that every part of your robot has been mapped to a specific topic. In order to show robot arming status, you must use "/mavros/state" topic:

  • rostopic echo /mavros/state - Returns all contents of /mavros/state topic periodically

The results should be as similar as this:

  stamp: 09                                                                                                                                                            
    secs: 1595198641

    nsecs: 651358095                                                                                                                                                   
  frame_id: ''                                                                                                                                                         
connected: True                                                                                                                                                        
guided: False                                                                                                                                                          
manual_input: True

mode: "MANUAL"                                                                                                                                                         
system_status: 4                                                                                                                                                       

The command "rostopic echo " will return all the contents of the topic every one second. In this case, "connected" field shows you that your MAVROS is still connected to the robot. Also "mode" shows you the name of vehicle mode at that time.

Send Arm/Disarm command to robot

Just follow these commands:

  • rosservice call /mavros/cmd/arming True - Send Arm command to robot

  • rosservice call /mavros/cmd/arming False - Send Disarm command to robot

Another method is to use "rosrun" command:

  • rosrun mavros mavsafety arm - Send Arm command to robot

  • rosrun mavros mavsafety disarm - Send Disarm command to robot