Whenever you login to the AeroGCS KEA 2.3, you land on the dashboard page. The dashboard page has various parameters for the historical performance of the RPA and projects.
RPA is a Remotely Piloted Aircraft. As it is remotely operated, the settings of various parameters to the specified values and conditions are mandatory before it comes into operation.
Once the logged in, the user may use shortcuts for handling the drone operations. Various options available on the dashboard indicated in the following image.
Detailed information and use of these icons will be discussed in the following section.
This functionality is useful in team access management to upload the files on the cloud so that these can be shared easily with other team members. Details about this is explained in section 10 of this user manual.
This dashboard element shows the fly-view icon on the navigation bar. The user can go to the fly-view directly by pressing this button. The user can see all the data related to the device like latitude, longitude, speed, orientation, etc. The buttons displayed on a left-hand drawer, like take-off, land, RTL, resume, and pause will be disabled.
The connection between the GCS and the device will be established by using this option on dashboard. The drone or device should be properly connected to the GCS before an actual flight. Various communication protocols are provided by AeroGCS KEA. You have to select the proper and required communication protocol and connect the device properly. In the serial port setting user can connect the device using serial communication. Also, the user can set different baud rates as per the requirement and connect the device.
User can directly go to RPA settings from this option from dashboard. This is a shortcut for accessing the RPA configuration. Details about the RPA configuration is available in section 6 of the same documentation.
By clicking on this icon, you can directly have notifications containing all logs, flight logs, and warnings. This element shows overall warnings in AeroGCS during the operations. It shows NPNT-related warnings as well as machine operation-related warming. After clicking on the warning, you can navigate to the details of all warnings. These logs can be downloaded in the form of a .json file. You can use these logs during the flight also. The user will have detailed information regarding the flight such as “flight guided mode command sent”, and “flight mission paused command is sent to device ” with the date and time particulars. Under the all logs tab, the user can see all logs, including flight logs and warnings. Under flight logs, the user can see logs about the flights. Under the ‘warns’ tab, prearmed warnings are displayed which include “flight plan received”, “arming motors”, etc., with date and time.
On the AeroGCS KEA 2.3 dashboard the navigation bar Internet connectivity icon is there for the checking internet connection. If the internet is connected it will show the connected icon with a tick on it. If the internet is not connected it will show an icon with a cross on it.
The Total time taken by a flight to complete its plan is known as total flight time. Whenever any flight under any project is completed, the completed time of the flight is added to the total flights done by RPA. It is important for calculating the life of RPA. It shows data related to available projects only.
It shows the total number of projects created and available in the AeroGCS. Any deleted project from the GCS would be removed from the total project count.
It shows the total completed flights under all projects. The project can have planned and completed types of flights. It will show only completed flights. The completed flight means any flight for which a take-off command was issued. Even if RPA doesn’t fly after take-off, it is also considered a completed flight.
This dashboard element shows the live battery voltage. It shows the battery which is available in the device. For displaying the status of the battery, the device should be connected to the AeroGCS KEA 2.3.
This dashboard element shows the live satellite count. It shows the current satellite count of the device. If the GPS is connected to the device and has sufficient range, then it will show the GPS count.
Note: GPS is required to track the correct location of the device.
This dashboard element shows the live mode of the device. If the device is connected to AeroGCS KEA 2.3 and modes are assigned to a specific channel, then if the mode is changed from RC it will show the changed mode. A radio-controlled aircraft (also known as an RC plane or RC plane) is a small flying vehicle that is controlled from the ground by a hand-held radio transmitter.
Ambitions to increase drone operations may be hampered by the weather, which is a significant and difficult-to-resolve factor. The pilot should know the weather conditions for the place for a flight. Check the weather forecast before planning a flight of drones with the help of the Weather forecast option provided by AeroGCS KEA. The weather forecast shows the weather of a particular city.
Warning: Selection of a proper city is necessary before the actual flight.
After clicking on this icon you will get the details of variations in temperature in your area for the next 7 hours which will help you to schedule your flight. It also gives the details of humidity, wind speed, and expected percentage of rainfall. All these parameters are valuable for scheduling the flight of a drone. You cannot have a smooth flight in cloudy weather.
Normally, the drones are not waterproof. The internal electronic parts may get damaged due to moisture. Therefore, before flying a drone, you should consider the precipitation strength and probability. This will assist you in forecasting the optimum flying conditions for that day. Precipitation probability is a concept that describes the likelihood of precipitation at a given time and location.
15) Wind Speed
Knowing local wind conditions is crucial before flying a drone. Flying in winds more than what your drone can handle will result in a crash. Before taking off check the maximum attainable speed of your drone. Check the wind speed and its direction before take-off. Fly only if the wind speed is less than your drone’s maximum speed by a comfortable margin.
It is highly recommended to restrict the flights of drones in rainy or snowy weather. Internal components of a drone may damage due to moisture. The visibility may also affected due to rain and humidity of the air.
Projects Option on Dashboard
17) Recent Projects
This gives details of the projects recently created or opened. It shows 5 recent projects which you can reuse by clicking on them. Also, it shows detailed information on recent projects created along with several plans, dates created, etc.
18) Create Project
For creating a new project click on the '+' symbol present on the dashboard near to project. This tab allows us to create a new project with project details such as Project name, client name, and Plan name.
19) Search Project
For searching the project which is not available in this list you can search the project by using the search project option available on the dashboard.
The list of recently created projects will be displayed on the dashboard. Select any existing project to add a few plans to it or edit the plans from that project.
Once you have selected a plan available in the list then a new page will display details of that planned flight including name, mission type, vehicle type, flight time and date, and creation of the project. By clicking on the three dots on the right-hand side more options will be displayed such as Delete Plan, Export KML, Edit Plan, and View Logs.
Delete Plan: this will allow you to delete the said plan. Once you have deleted the plan every data related to the plan will be deleted which is non-recoverable. Be cautious before deleting the plan.
Export KML: after selecting this option pop-up window will appear on the screen indicating the location of the file saved.
Edit Plan: Once selected this option, you can edit the plan in terms of all the required parameters. If you want to keep the earlier parameter let it be as it is. You can just verify the parameters entered by you earlier.
View Logs: This will display the flight logs. You can download the log files. It will download two .csv files. One file gives detailed data related to flight such as take-off, time taken to complete intermediate tasks, etc. The second file contains details regarding altitude, longitude, latitude, velocity, etc.