KML files with boundaries of the survey area can be imported into UgCS to set precise survey location. “LineString” segments of the KML file will be imported as simple Waypoint route. “LinearRing” segment can be imported as “Area scan”,“Photogrammetry” or “Perimeter” route type.
UgCS enables mission planning in Terrain-following mode – enabling a very-low- flying vehicle to automatically maintain a relatively constant altitude above ground level. The accuracy of the default SRTM database of UgCS varies, therefore to enable precise and safe flight altitude precise DEM (Digital Elevation Model) data has to be imported of the survey area.
The terrain is always changing, but changes are not always implemented into 3D maps as fast as it is needed. To plan an automated low altitude or mission with terrain following for the purposes of mapping, surveying or monitoring, import Digital Elevation Model (DEM) into UgCS to plan safe missions.
UgCS features mission planner with a Google Earth-like 3D interface for UAV mission planning, enabling to navigate the environment more easily. Moreover, a 3D mission planning environment gives more control allowing to view the created flight plan from all angles, taking into account any obstacles such as terrain or buildings.
UgCS offers tools to make aerial surveys and mapping as easy and effortless as possible. Choose one of the pre-installed cameras pre-sets or create a new one to suit your camera. The Area Scan and Photogrammetry tools will automatically calculate the flight path based on the camera settings. Alternatively, the Area Scan and Photogrammetry parameters can be adjusted manually, such as GSD, overlap or desired altitude.
The tool for vertical scanning allows to plan a vertical plane, specify the distance to the wall, as well as side and forward overlap. The optimal flying path is calculated automatically. UgCS supports importing 3D object and custom DEM data with the terrain following function. The tool is also extremely useful in mining for examining open quarries.
UgCS enables multiple flight modes. The manual flight mode allows controlling the drone with the remote control. Once a flight plan is created and uploaded to the autopilot the Automatic flight mode can be used. For many drones, UgCS also supports Click&Go and Joystick control flight modes.
UgCS has an in-build geotagging tool, allowing to sync the timestamps of the images with the autopilot’s telemetry data recorded during the flight. After matching the geotags with coordinates and correct altitudes, the images can be used for the further processing. Create map overlays or 3D models to import them into UgCS for more precise mission planning.