Firmware v2.0.0 was released in April 2015 for both the transmitter and the receiver. The new features included in that release are as follows:
- The receiver can now save the flight data from four flights. That data can then be downloaded and plotted using the same TelemetryPro software program as for the transmitter. This makes sure that flight data is captured even if the transmitter gets destroyed by a flight mishap.
- A new map mode feature allows the receiver to show the rocket location in real time on a Google Earth map being displayed on a tablet or laptop computer. Map mode can also display the landing site location from a saved flight. This can make it easier to plan a route to recover the rocket.
- The GPS locator in the receiver can now also navigate to the landing site of a flight that has been saved. This allows the receiver to be turned-off during recovery when not needed. It also makes it easier to share the receiver among several users at the same launch.
- A new audio recorder/player capability in the receiver will now record and replay the Kate flight commentary from four saved flights. The Kate audio commentary can also be replayed by the TelemetryPro software program or saved as a wave file for general use.
- The Kate system has been enhanced to detect and announce staging events in real time. Kate also now detects and reports when the apogee charge fires and when the main parachute deployment charge fires.
- The Google Earth trajectory is now shown with colors indicating events on the trajectory. It is red during motor thrust (booster, sustainer or air-starts), blue during coast, yellow during descent on drogue and green during descent on main parachute.
- The new firmware will assign a unique three digit ID code to every transmitter and it cannot be changed. This avoids conflicts at large launches and eliminates the need to coordinate frequency usage with other TelemetryPro users at a launch. (Previously, a two-digit transmitter ID code could be selected and set by the user but this was problematic at large launches.)
- The transmitter settings have been optimized to help extend the range past 150,000 feet.
- Accelerometer signal processing has been improved to allow a velocity greater than 4000 feet/sec.
- Future firmware updates to either the receiver or the transmitter can now be done by the user over the USB interface.
- A new version (2.1.0) of the TelemetryPro Flight Data Analyzer is also available. Link to new version.
- New manuals have also been released: Transmitter Manual, Receiver Manual, Receiver Quick Start Guide.
Version 2.0.0 is the first version of firmware that allows a user to update the firmware over the USB interface. Previous versions require the firmware be updated by Multitronix. Contact Multitronix for assistance if you need to update from firmware older than 2.0.0.