- Mission planner | Drone control
Mission planner | Drone control
Mission planning and drone control with UgCS software is a perfect opportunity to plan, control and manage your flights using features like: Aerial survey planning tools, Fly longer routes with changing the battery, Immersive 3D mission planning environment, Elevation profile, Telemetry display, Automatic flight mode (waypoints), Direct drone control, Click & Go, Joystick control and Software emulator.
Aerial survey planning tools
UgCS comes with multiple in-built tools to make aerial surveys and mapping as easy and effortless as possible. Choose one of the pre-installed camera pre-sets or create a new one to suit your camera. The area scan mission will be calculated automatically based on the settings of your camera. Alternatively you are able to manually enter all the area scan parameters such as overlap and desired altitude.
Fly longer routes with changing the battery
At UgCS we know that battery is a limiting factor for automated flights. This is why UgCS enables the feature to upload routes partially to drones, to fly longer routes with the possibility to stop the mission, exchange the battery of the drone and then continue the flight from where you left off. This feature depends on drone type.
Immersive 3D mission planning environment
UgCS features mission planner with a Google Earth-like 3D interface for mission planning for drones. This allows you to navigate the environment around you more easily. Moreover, a 3D mission planning environment gives you more control by allowing you to view the created flight plan from all angles, taking into account any obstacles such as terrain or buildings.
UgCS enables to download 3D globe with terrain elevation data. To download the data from server, internet connection is required. By knowing the exact altitudes above sea level at all points you will be able to plan your missions with respect to the surroundings. After the calculation of each flight plan you are able to see an elevation profile and the altitude above ground and sea level where the drone will be at each point.
Pilots would not be able to fly airplanes or helicopters without the dashboard. Drones should be no exception. UgCS gives you an in-flight display of all the telemetry data you are interested in the telemetry data window. This includes the battery level, radio link and GPS signal quality, current course and heading, speed, altitude and much more.
Automatic flight mode (waypoints) and direct drone control
In UgCS there are multiple different flight modes. Manual flight mode allows you to control the drone as you are used to - with the RC remote. Once you have created a flight plan and uploaded it to the drone you will be able to use the Automatic flight mode, allowing you to send the drone on the mission. For many drones UgCS also supports Click & Go and Joystick control flight modes. Read more about these further down.
Click & Go
In UgCS the Click & Go flight mode is supported for most drones. In cases when RC control is not optimal, but you need the drone to go someplace fast, this is the best solution. Simply click on the map where you want the drone to go, enter a desired altitude and it will fly to the desired location.
Feel like flying your drone from your laptop instead of the RC remote? We've got you covered. UgCS supports the Joystick flight mode. This allows you to plug in a joystick into your laptop and then control the drone through the telemetry link. Not only is this more exciting than the RC remote, it also gives you more intuitive control over the drone.
There are in-built software emulators in UgCS for fixed wing and rotary wing drones - emuplane and emucopter. If you don't have a drone with you or just want to test out a route before uploading it to a real drone the emulators can help. Feel free to play around with them to discover the exciting new features of UgCS in a safe environment.