7.1 Waypoint Planning

Once waypoint flight type is selected, then you can define the altitude at which the machine should fly. The metric of altitude will depend upon the ‘general setting’ of RPA type. AeroGCS would accept the flight altitude. For OEM users, as per QCI rule it should be 120 meters but for standard or free version, there is no limit. After that, we need to define the speed at which the RPA machine will fly as shown in the picture above.

These are the common parameters for all the waypoints. At each wayspoint, the RPA will fly at given altitude and speed.

Under the mission planning, you can see the navigational map. You can draw the points on the map for RPA to fly. Whenever you click on any waypoint, the respective navigation information i.e. longitude and latitude are displayed on the screen to validate. Using the right and left arrows near navigational information, then you can navigate through the different waypoint information. Then you can navigate on the navigation map using the plus and minus buttons given on the left-hand screen.

For each waypoint, you can define the required speed and altitude. The speed and altitude will change whenever the RPA will reach that waypoint. The distance from one waypoint to another waypoint will be covered with the parameters defined from starting waypoint.

You can define the action at each waypoint. You can select an image from the drop-down menu if you want to capture it at each waypoint. Multiple actions related to image and video captures are supported.

The Gimbal position setting like roll, pitch, and yaw can be configured for each waypoint. Whenever RPA will reach the waypoint, it will take that action with the defined camera or Gimbal settings. In mission planning, you can draw the points on the map and the right side of the window points will be added to the list. On the right side of a screen there is a waypoint list shown

AeroGCS KEA 2.3 provides a facility to enter altitude and speed in decimal points(upto 3 digits) as shown in the above image.

You can select any waypoint as shown in the above image with red marking. The details of that particular waypoint will be displayed as listed below:

  • Latitude and longitude of the current waypoints are displayed.

  • Altitude and speed can be added individually for each waypoint.

  • Save: The save button is used to save the plan.

  • Clear: this clears the mission plan.

  • User can freely draw the mission plan with no limits of waypoints.

  • User set maximum altitude 121.92 meters and maximum speed to 20 m/s.

  • If the user wants to take photos, Camera action should be selected as per the application and accordingly set the Gimble actions. You can keep the gimble settings of pitch, roll and yaw to 0. If you want to set it at some specific positions you can change it. Otherwise keep it as it is.

  • Hold button to hover the vehicle on the desired waypoint for the entered value in sec.

  • You can save the plan using Save button

  • You can clear the mission plan using Clear button.

  • Add the fence points to the plan to secure the landing of the drone.

The video below shows the demonstration of first autonomous flight with waypoint plan.

AeroGCS KEA 2.3 is an updated version of AeroGCS KEA. This version has various new features such as it shows the project and plan name on for the current flight as shown in the following image.

This shows the distance traveled between the home position and waypoint.

This icon will display the distance between two waypoints and also shows the current position of the drone such as "Reached to WP2" in the above image.

In-flight messages are also displayed on the bottom left portion of the screen as shown in the following image.

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