UgCS Licence types
Features and Pricing Comparison
Mission planner | Drone control
Aerial survey planning tools
UgCS comes with many built-in tools to make aerial surveys and photogrammetry processing easier.
-photogrammetry planner with GSD support
In UgCS you are able to change the battery in the middle of the mission and then restart it from the last visited point.
View all your telemetry data in the telemetry data window - battery voltage, heading, GPS, speed and much more.
In automatic flight mode drone flies carrying out mission without operator interaction. Mission may include drone and payload control actions.
Joystick and keyboard control mode brings fine grained but still safe control over the drone. In conjunction with Click & Go mode it becomes an ideal tool for object inspection tasks.
UgCS supports DJI Phantom 4, Phantom 3, Phantom 2, Inspire 1, A3, Matrice 600, Matrice 100, A2, Naza-M v2, WooKong-M, Phantom Vision2+, Ace One.
Post-flight analysis and Image processing
Why would I want to import 3D objects?
3D Buildings feature in UgCS allows the operator to import 3D models into the software thus it automatically calculates flight paths around the obstacles.
Often the route for a drone is located near buildings or other obstacles other than terrain. To avoid collisions, the flight path needs to be calculated so that it avoids obstacles. Instead of manually setting each waypoint to avoid an obstacle, it is often easier to import a 3D object into UgCS to make the vehicle avoid it automatically.
Building import feature supports only KMZ import with embedded COLLADA 3D models. This means that KMZ (that is actually a ZIP archive with .kmz extension) file must contain one or several .dae files and one .kml file inside. KML file must reference those DAE files.
Currently we do not support 3D models implemented as a part of KML file (KML notation only).
20 Buildings 3D
100 Buildings 3D
Unlimited Buildings 3D
Unlimited Buildings 3D
What is KML data?
KML data import allows operator to import placemarks to denote important places on the map.
KML stands for Keyhole Markup Language.
What is DEM data?
Digital Elevation Models (DEM) can be imported into UgCS. This feature is available to UgCS PRO and UgCS ENTERPRISE licence owners.
DEM stands for Digital Elevation Models. This data contains information regarding terrain elevation. DEM data import in fact allows you to shape the terrain of the globe in UgCS.
No-Fly zones - airport registry
UgCS software features an in-built no fly zone function, meaning that the drones will be prevented from flying in the airspace of restricted areas such as airports.
Why is it restricted to fly near airports?
Unmanned aerial vehicles can potentially pose a threat to manned aircraft, therefore each major airport has a restricted space around it where other aircraft are not permitted to fly.
Disabling the no fly zone
If for whatever reason the operator of a UAV wants to fly an automated mission near the airport, the no-fly zone can be disabled in UgCS PRO and UgCS ENTERPRISE. An example for the necessity to disable this restriction would be if the operator is hired by the airport to take photos, aerial video of the airfield or has the permission to fly there.
Can't be disabled
Can't be disabled
Can be disabled
Can be disabled
About Custom No Fly zones
UgCS enables to create own No-Fly zones, to avoid certain areas.
What is Custom No Fly zones?
Custom No-Fly zones are zones of prohibited flight, that can be set up by user. They function same as Airport No-Fly zones.
Why is it useful?
Custom No-Fly zones can be set by users to prevent accidents, that could happen if operator lets a vehicle reach dangerous area.
500m from first point, 120m AGL
ADS-B feature in UgCS monitors close-by aircraft and sends the operator warning signals in case an aircraft is approaching the drone. ADS-B helps you to be safe and more aware of what is going on around you in the air.
What is ADS-B?
ADS-B is the short for Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast. It is a form of cooperative surveillance. An aircraft determines its position through satellite navigation and broadcasts it thus it can be received by air control ground stations or other aircraft.
Why you should use ADS-B.
Airspace is primarily populated by manned aircraft like gliders, airplanes and helicopters. Flying a drone requires caution because the operator can not be always aware of other aircraft nearby.
By using UgCS with ADS-B support the operator is notified through UgCS about other aircrafts with an ADS-B transmitters nearby.
How to use ADS-B with UgCS.
To use ADS-B with UgCS you need an ADS-B receiver. The receiver is connected to the antenna and connected to your computer via USB.
A green ADS-B indicator light lights up in the UgCS interface meaning that ADS-B is up and running.
Now every time when aircrafts with an ADS-B transmitter will get close to your drone, you will receive a warning so that you can avoid a potential collision timely and be aware of what's around you.
In addition to supporting USB ADS-B receivers, UgCS is also able to work with ADS-B transponders on UAVs.
ADS-B transponders are usually located onboard the aircraft. Each aircraft equipped with an ADS-B transponder broadcasts its location so that other aircraft nearby as well as radio towers can receive the signal.
Not only this makes everyone in the air more aware of what's around them, this makes air traffic safer for aircraft pilots and drone operators alike.
Through UgCS ground station interface you are able to set ICAO ID, Flight ID and SQUAWK Code parameters for each drone equipped with an ADS-B transponder.
Note: We tested support with Sagetech XP Mode S transponder and DJI A2 autopilot. Physical integration needs additional hardware. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
UgCS ENTERPRISE enables support for Skysense BCON1 ADS-B OUT device
The video recording option enables an operator of a UAV not only to see live video feed from the drone, but also enables to record and save it on a computer.
Why is video recording useful?
Many types of cameras allow FPV footage from flight to be seen only in real time without possibility to be recorded at the same time.
Camera footprint feature in UgCS allows an operator of an aircraft to see on a map which area is being filmed by the camera at a particular moment in time. It means that the area is highlighted on the map in UgCS in real time.
This function allows to control route more efficiently while shooting a video, doing aerial photography or surveillance.
Multi-operator / Multi-drone support
UgCS modular architecture enables UgCS PRO and UgCS ENTERPRISE users to run separate UgCS parts on different machines, e.g. UgCS Universal Control Server (UCS), Vehicle Specific Modules (VSM) and UgCS desktop client can be each installed on separate machines.
Advantages of multinode installation
Multi-node installation allows operator to connect remotely to the Server and to VSM. This is useful to:
- operate multiple UAVs simultaneously;
- run UgCS desktop client on less powerful machine than UgCS Universal Control Server (UCS), since all complex flight calculations are done on UCS;
- connect all UAV related communication channels to a separate computer with VSM modules, without needing to connect all transmitters and wires to the computer used for mission planning or data processing.
Multi-node installation is a necessity to enable Multi-operator support for UgCS PRO/UgCS ENTERPRISE users.
Collaboration of multiple operators is enabled if UgCS is installed in Multi-node mode (UgCS PRO / UgCS ENTERPRISE feature). This setup allows each drone operator with UgCS PRO / UgCS ENTERPRISE licence to connect to a single UgCS Universal Control Server (UCS).
Connections to UgCS Server
UgCS desktop client connections to UgCS Universal Control Server (UCS) enable adding 3rd party components or integration into complex solutions using UgCS SDK (e.g., like broadcast telemetry to cloud storage or create a drone swarm light-show).
Enabled connections for:
- UgCS OPEN: single UgCS desktop client connection from same computer.
- UgCS ONE: single UgCS desktop client connection from same computer.
- UgCS PRO: up to 3 UgCS desktop clients or UgCS SDK applications to single UCS. Each UgCS desktop client user should have own UgCS PRO license.
- UgCS ENTERPRISE: unlimited number of connections to single UCS. Each user should have own UgCS ENTERPRISE license.
More about UgCS SDK: https://www.ugcs.com/en/page/sdk
UgCS enables diverse vendor drone support. Each mission can be customized according to operator’s needs - create a mission with route for one drone or create a mission to control multiple drones simultaneously. Missions with multiple vehicles can be planned with one manufacturer drones (dozens of drones for light show) or different manufacturer drones (e.g. in search & rescue mission a fleet of fixed wing and copter drones can be managed).