Ground Control Station - UgCS PRO License
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Current Version: 2.10
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 area 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 most of our drones are able 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.
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.
With UgCS you will get a 3D globe with pre-installed terrain elevation data. 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 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.
UgCS is compatible with ADS-B receivers such as microadsb.com. This means that you can bring an ADS-B receiver into the field, connect it to your laptop and once it's recognized UgCS will warn you of any aircraft approaching your drone. This feature is available for users of UgCS One and UgCS Pro.
UgCS comes with an in-built geotagging tool. This tool allows you to sync the timestamps of the images with the telemetry data recorded during the flight. After placing the geotags with coordingates and correct altitudes on the images you can process them in software such as Pix4D or similar to create map overlays or 3D models.
No-Fly zones - airport registry
UgCS comes with in-build no-fly zones for all major airports. Since all airports have a restricted flight zone when drones are not allowed for obvious reasons, this makes it safe to plan flights when not sure about the surroundings since the flight path will automatically be calculated around the no-fly zone. Airport no-fly zones can be disabled in UgCS Pro.
No-Fly zones - custom zones
In UgCS One and UgCS Pro you are able to create your own custom no-fly zones. This allows you to specify regions where flights are prohibited, thus enabling you to automatically calculate missions around these areas and making sure that the drone does not enter them while on an automated flight.
Fly zone limits for routes
In UgCS you are able to set boundaries for the flights starting from the first waypoint. This allows you to make sure that the drone does not fly too far away or higher than desired and allowed by local laws. In UgCS Open the default restriction for flights is 500m from the first waypoint and 120m AGL. In UgCS One and Pro these restrictions can be removed and set any desired values.
In UgCS you are able to not only display the video feed coming from your drone, but also record it. This recording can then be replayed later on in the telemetry player. It is available for the users of UgCS One and Pro.
The camera footprint option can be enabled for drones in UgCS, allowing you to see the area seen by the camera lens in real time. This feature is useful for industrial monitoring, agriculture and has many other applications. It is available for the users of UgCS One and Pro.
UgCS software has a modular design, meaning that different parts of the software can run on different machines. UgCS consists of the server, the client and VSMs (vehicle specific modules). This structure allows you to have a central ground station monitoring the work of multiple operators in the field.
Because of the modular design of UgCS, it is possible to not only use multiple drones connected to the same computer, but also multiple computers connected to a main ground station. This allows you to have multiple operators of drones, each being monitored by the central ground station giving the directions.
With UgCS you are able to use multiple drones at the same time. More over, these drones do not have to be from the same manufacturer since UgCS supports many different autopilots.
Phantom 2, 3, 4
Inspire 1 (all versions)
DJI Flight Controllers
A3 support coming soon
AR Drone 2.0
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