UgCS Drone Dance Controller
As the popularity and availability of drones increases so do the ideas for applications. One such application is the use of drones for entertainment shows. While flying a pack of drones with synchronized moves in the air is no easy task, it can produce a truly stunning view, especially if the drones are equipped with LED lights or other show elements.
For this purpose we have created UgCS DDC - UgCS Drone Dance Controller. UgCS DDC is a version of UgCS ground control software for drones that is custom-built for use in drone shows. It is capable of handling the simultaneous and synchronized control of dozens of drones.
In addition to the standard UgCS client and Service manager, it also features a DDC client. Through the DDC client it is possible to view the status of all your drones and send commands to them simultaneously. It is also possible to group the drones and send commands to a certain group of drones or even a specific drone.
UgCS Drone Dance Controller allows the simultaneous control of large amounts of drones in a synchronized manner with missions created in UgCS. The missions are divided in steps and on each n-th waypoint the drones are set to hold the position (unless stated otherwise). So, for instance, DDC allows to fly 20 drones to a set of 20 waypoints and hold the position. Then, once the command "Continue" is sent from DDC, all of the drones will move to the next individual waypoint. This can go on for as many waypoints are set in the mission. Other features such as RETURN HOME and LAND are also available for UgCS DDC.
Video demonstrating UgCS Drone Dance Controller controlling 20 drones simultaneously. For demonstration purposes In this video the drones are simulated on a Ubuntu virtual machine using software in the loop (SITL). UgCS DDC can be used to easily give controls to multiple drones simultaneously. It is very useful especially for drone shows.
When flying a large amount of drones simultaneously in close proximity to one another, precision is key. Therefore it is vital to ensure that the necessary distance is kept between drones and there are no fluctuations in sensor readings. This is why a RTK GPS can be used. Base station unit is used, which communicates with the units onboard the drones.
UgCS DDC is currently the only commercially available software for drone shows to plan routes and execute them. It is offered as an additional paid option to UgCS ENTERPRISE.
For inquiries regarding UgCS DDC please contact us at email@example.com