Dronekit : unable to connect. Link time out error

I’m trying to connect to the drone using a simple dronekit python script but I keep getting the error. I searched online for possible solutions but to no avail.

from dronekit import connect, VehicleMode, LocationGlobalRelative, APIException

from pymavlink import mavutil
import time
import socket
import exceptions
import argparse

def connectQuad():
        parser = argparse.ArgumentParser(description='Commands')
        parser.add_argument('--connect')
        args = parser.parse_args()
        connection_string= args.connect
        print 'Connecting to vehicle on: %s' % args.connect
        vehicle = connect(connection_string, wait_ready=True)
        return vehicle

vehicle = connectQuad()


pi@navio:~/drone-kit $ python connect_quad.py --connect 127.0.0.1:14550
Connecting to vehicle on: 127.0.0.1:14550
WARNING:dronekit:Link timeout, no heartbeat in last 5 seconds
ERROR:dronekit.mavlink:Exception in MAVLink input loop
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dronekit/mavlink.py", line 211, in mavlink_thread_in
    fn(self)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dronekit/__init__.py", line 1371, in listener
    self._heartbeat_error)
APIException: No heartbeat in 30 seconds, aborting.
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "connect_quad.py", line 18, in <module>
    vehicle = connectQuad()
  File "connect_quad.py", line 15, in connectQuad
    vehicle = connect(connection_string, wait_ready=True)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dronekit/__init__.py", line 3166, in connect
    vehicle.initialize(rate=rate, heartbeat_timeout=heartbeat_timeout)
  File "/usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/dronekit/__init__.py", line 2275, in initialize
    raise APIException('Timeout in initializing connection.')
dronekit.APIException: Timeout in initializing connection.
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Hi @novice,

May I ask you to describe your step-by-step actions that led to this issue? Have you tried using the IP address of your GCS instead?

Hi Polina,

Sorry about the much delayed reply. I was ill and was hospitalized. Well, I did try using the IP of the GCS and no luck there so far.

Hi @novice,

I apologize for the amount of time it takes to understand the issue!

We’re looking into the issue with the Dronekit connection. Unfortunately, this might take more time. I’ll be in touch immediately once there’s news.