3. Dashboard
Whenever you login to the AeroGCS, you land on dashboard page. The dashboard page has various parameters for 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. The dashboard provides information on all such parameters.
The Dashboard

3.1 Total Flight Time

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.

3.2 Total projects

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.

3.3 Completed Flights

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.

3.4 Other Controls:

3.4.1 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.
3.4.2 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.
By clicking on the three dots on the right-hand side of the selected project from a list, you can open or delete the 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.

3.5 Total 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.
Battery status, Satellite count, and Live Mode Device

3.6 Live Battery voltage

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.

3.7 Live satellite count

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.

3.8 Live mode of the device

This dashboard element shows the live mode of the device. If the device is connected to AeroGCS 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.

3.9 Weather forecast

The weather forecast shows the weather of a particular city.
Warning: Selection of a proper city is necessary before the actual flight.
Weather Forecast menu bar
Temperature: 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.
Rain or Precipitation: 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.
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.
The following icons are available in the upper right-hand corner.
Direct Flyview, connect, notification bar on the upper right corner

3.10 Direct Flyview

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.

3.11 Connect

You can select this option by clicking on the home button and then selecting connect option or directly clicking on the icon displayed in the upper right-hand corner. 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.

3.12 Notifications

By clicking on this icon, you can directly have notifications containing all logs, flight logs, and 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.

3.13 Internet Connectivity

On the AeroGCS 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.