7 Flight Types

This section describes project management and flight mission planning operations.

Flight Type

Here you can choose an AeroGCS KEA mission that would be following certain plans as shown in the picture. You can select only one mission plan at a time.

Flight Plan

The term "flight planning" refers to all that goes into a successful mission, including equipment, personnel, logistics, protocols and procedures, airspace checks and authorizations, and so on. At Measure, we differentiate between "Mission Planning," which includes everything, and "Flight Planning," which includes explicit instructions for how the drone should be handled to collect data.

A drone flight plan is a planned set of instructions that include coordinates, speed, altitude, direction, heading, gimbal movements, camera actions, and more to guide a drone through a flight and carry out a certain objective.

A flight path is a set of longitudes, latitudes, and elevations (waypoints) used by a drone to automatically navigate. Flight paths are pre-planned and reviewed by all team members to account for inefficiencies or safety concerns. In addition to assisting in achieving mission objectives, planning can assist in avoiding restricted airspaces, monitoring flying height constraints, monitoring battery life, and other tasks. The flight path is helpful in analyzing and ensuring that enough data is collected by a data analyst. Flight planning, and particularly flight paths, helps the pilots and other drone operators to reduce the time spent in the field.

Speed: The speed of the device or drone can be lowered or kept consistent depending upon the requirement of an application.

Speed and altitude values can be entered in decimal points in AeroGCS KEA 2.2. Earlier values of altitude can be altered but not of the speed. This is applicable for all types of flight plans.

Heading: The orientation of a drone can be changed with respect to Point of Interest as per the requirements of the applications.

AeroGCS KEA 2.2 provides this functionality only for spraying flight plans.

Gimbal Movements: Depending on what you are doing—mapping, inspecting, recording, live streaming, etc.—you might choose to streamline gimbal movements or to keep proper control.

Camera Actions: Select the best camera to achieve the goal by using video or still images with the appropriate settings.

Provide emergency provisions to the drone so that there would be less damage.

Plan the flying area, the number of flight paths, the number of photos, and the overlap between the shots when using your drone for surveying, mapping, volumes, or earthworks. A Flight Plan is a time-ordered collection of orders that a drone must complete in order to complete the intended mission.

AeroGCS KEA supports for 10 different mission plans to use in flight planning. The flight or mission plan is selected according to the requirement of an application. The detailed discussion is carried out in the following section.

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