Cannot configure UAVCAN


Hello everybody,

I would like to use UAVCAN to communicate with an ESC (a VESC actually).
However I can’t start the configuration of UAVCAN ESC in QGroundControl. In the Power tab when I click on “Start Assignement” either I get the message “vehicle not responding to UAVCAN configure command” or “UAVCAN configure command failed”.
I tried with a pixhawk 2.1 and a pixhawk 4.

What can I do to fix it and to setup UAVCAN ?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance !


I’m going to ping @PavelKirienko hoping that he can help you.

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AFAIK VESC doesn’t support automated ESC index assignment.


First of all many thanks for the reply.

Do you know if there is a way to do it manually ? I tried the 3 options I have on QGC : “Sensors manual config”, “Sensors automatic config” “Sensors and actuators automatic config” and none of them work.

I work on a project ( where we really need feedback from the controller to the pixhawk, and UAVCAN seems really promising.

Thanks in advance !


I am trying a similar thing. The functions inside esc_main.cpp files are not getting executed when I initiate “uavcan start” command through Mavlink console. Are you facing a similar issue?

Yes, I too changed the uavcan in QGC into three options like you mentioned but nothing helped.




Using Mavlink consol seems to work, the command “uavcan start” works. But then I don’t know what to do, how to establish a connection between the pixhawk and the vesc using Mavlink console ?

How do you know that the functions inside esc_main.cpp files are not getting executed ?



Yes, when I enter “uavcan start” I was not seeing outputs at first. But I then tried “uavcan stop” and “start” again, I could see values being sent from my pixhawk. I am not familiarized with vesc actually.
But in your case , did you create a new DSDL file to send value or so? How are trying to connect to vesc from pixhawk ?
Thank you
Thanks and Regards


The VESC supports UAVCAN, the pixhawk supports it as well, so I thought it was just a matter of simple settings like baud rate or CAN ID… According to this page: and this page it seemed straightforward.
So no, I did not create a new DSDL file. Did you do it ? I’m new to CAN connections, I will try to understand UAVCAN more in detail because it is more complex than what I thought, I am currently reading .

In Mavlink consol I have a list of parameter for UAVCAN:

But then I don’t know what to do, everything I tried did not worked.

I set different UAVCAN index for the VESC using VESC tool. I assumed it is its UAVCAN ID but maybe it’s not ? In mavlink I get “ERROR [uavcan] invalid node id” when trying to use any command with VESC_ID.

Also, apparently I am not receiving any information via UAVCAN:

If you have any idea on this problem, or where I could get informations…

Many thanks in advance !


I am not sure how VESC communicate. I created a new CAN message(DSDL file) apart from the existing ones to send my data(say, integer). The broadcast(msg) function is doing the transmission of data from Pixhawk board I guess.

I placed few print statements in my functions and I could see they are running successfully but since I am not mapping data type ID correctly, I am facing issues during transmission. I found a research paper of sending and receiving data through UAVCAN from an author Pedro Bernado Andrade. That’s the only paper I can find.! Please take a look into it.
Hope it helps.
Thank you
Thanks and Regards


@oliverSKP Forget about DSDL, you don’t need to touch it. VESC may not support the parameter API (I don’t know), but you shouldn’t care. Just configure the ESC index manually on each ESC, in this case you don’t need to be involved with the Mavlink-UAVCAN parameter bridge at all (last time I checked it had stability issues so it may be unusable).

You need the last one.


First of all thank you for your involvment and your help.

Just to clarify, does it mean that the VESC and the pixhawk share the same UAVCAN commands ? Therefore no change in the fw of both pixhawk and vesc are needed ?