A guide for the operator to plan a mission with advanced functionalities to streamline their experience
A mission is a pre-defined flight path set by the operator prior to launching the drone for autonomous flights. One can create a mission by setting waypoints (Path Mission) or defining an area for the drone to perform parallel sweeps (Grid Mission), adding actions at each waypoint, and defining other mission parameters like altitude, speed, gimbal orientation etc. The mission can be saved and executed when required.
This provides a simple and efficient way to plan and execute complex drone missions for various use cases such as security and surveillance, construction, asset inspection, public safety etc.
Importing missions using a KML file
During a Path mission, the aircraft will travel between waypoints, perform actions at those waypoints, and adjust speed and altitude between them. These physical locations are referred to as waypoints, and creating a series of them will program a flight route for the aircraft to follow. Waypoints can also have actions configured, which will be executed when the aircraft reaches the particular waypoint.
FlytBase also allows operators to use Smart Selection Tools to plan complex path missions with several waypoints in an efficient manner.
- Go to the Navigation Drawer and select the 'Missions' section under the Planning tab. Then click onicon to add mission.
Under the 'Path mission' section, select '+Create mission'.
Types of mission
- While creating a mission the operator has to configure the Mission Route:
- 1.Name the mission: Add a name to the mission.
- 2.Mission Speed: Set the default mission speed to adjust the drone's movement speed from the take-off point to the last waypoint.
- 3.Mission altitude: Define the default mission altitude to adjust the drone's altitude from take-off point to last.
- 4.Mission Radius: Adjust the mission radius to enable curved path movement of the drone past all waypoints. (Note: enabling radius cancels waypoint actions if set)
- 5.Finish action: Set the finish action for the drone when it reaches the last waypoint of the mission: Return to Docking Station, Return to Home/Return to Safe Location, Land, or Hover.
Recenter the map to the location of the mission using the Recenter icon
and delete the mission using the delete icon
Configuring the mission
- Left-click on the map to add a waypoint for the mission. Efficiently plan the path mission using the following options:
- 1.Add Waypoint: To insert a new waypoint before the selected waypoint click onicon.
- 2.Recenter Waypoint: To recenter the map to the location of the waypoint use the Recenter icon.
- 3.Delete Waypoint: Click onicon right below the waypoint section to delete the selected waypoint.
- 4.Use route default: Tick the check box to set the waypoint speed, altitude, and radius to the same values as the mission route.
- 5.Smart Selection Mode: Clicking onicon, enables Smart Selection Mode for selecting multiple waypoints and configuring their settings at once using either the Single click tool or the Sequential selection tool.
- 6.Copy previous waypoint settings: The operator can configure the settings of an individual waypoint and then enable copy previous waypoint settings by clicking on theicon. Once enabled, adding subsequent waypoints on the map will have the same waypoint settings as the previous one.
This allows the operator to select multiple waypoints and configure them at once through two different tools: the Single click tool and the Sequential selection tool.
- Single click: The operator can clickbutton for selecting multiple waypoints on a random basis as per their requirement and customize waypoint actions, speed, altitude, and radius simultaneously at once.
Smart Selection Mode: Single Click
- Sequential selection: The operator can clickbutton for selecting multiple waypoints in the sequence. To do so, the operator must first select an initial waypoint and a last waypoint. All the waypoints that fall in between the initial and last waypoint will then be selected in sequence. This feature enables the operator to customize multiple waypoints in a row at once, thus saving time and effort in the mission planning process.
Smart Selection Mode: Sequential selection
When using the Smart Selection Mode to plan a mission, if an operator switches from the Single click tool to the Sequential selection tool, the next waypoint that is selected will be automatically set as the first waypoint in the sequence.
- Waypoint Speed: When configured for a particular waypoint, the drone will adjust to the waypoint speed at the respective waypoint and will continue at the same speed till the next waypoint.
- Waypoint Altitude: When configured for a particular waypoint, the drone will adjust to the waypoint altitude at the respective waypoint and will continue at the same altitude till the next waypoint.
- Waypoint radius: Configuring this will enable the drone to take a curved path when it passes through the particular waypoint. (Note: The waypoint actions will not be accepted when the waypoint radius is set).
- Adding waypoint actions:
- 1.Hover: When selected, the drone would hover at the waypoint for the duration set by the operator. The operator can set the duration for hover between 1-30 seconds.
- 2.Gimbal Pitch: This instructs the aircraft to automatically adjust gimbal angles ranging from -90° to 0°. Downward pitch angles are represented by -90° and upward pitch angles by 0°.
- 3.Capture Image: This allows the aircraft to capture an image on arrival at the waypoint. This waypoint action will not work if video recording is already in progress.
- 4.Start Video Recording: This instructs the aircraft to start video recording on arrival at the waypoint.
- 5.Stop Video Recording: This instructs the aircraft to stop video recording on arrival at the waypoint when the operator had set start video recording action at a previous waypoint. If not selected, the drone will continue to capture video footage till it lands.
- 6.Aircraft yaw wrt flight path: When configured for a particular waypoint, the drone will oscillate about a vertical axis (perform yaw) at the given angle and continue in the same position till the next waypoint. The operator can define the yaw angle while selecting this action.
- 7.Capture image on time interval: This allows the aircraft to capture an image at a set time interval. When selected, the drone will capture images at the respective waypoint until the next one while obeying the set time interval.
- 8.Capture image on distance interval: This allows the aircraft to capture an image at a set distance interval. When selected, the drone will capture images at the respective waypoint until the next one while obeying the set distance interval.
If the operator has a Drone-in-a-Box setup, it is highly recommended that the operator set the Mission Finish Action as Return to Docking Station (RTDS).
- Click on Save Mission to save the mission. The mission will then appear in the 'Missions' tab on the dashboard.
A Grid Mission is a sequence of parallel sweeps, or route paths, that the drone will carry out autonomously within a defined area. This feature enables drone operators to generate sweep missions to monitor a specific area automatically. According to their needs and objectives, operators can specify the altitude, mission speed, mission start speed, grid actions, and distance between sweeps.
- In the navigation drawer the operator will find Missions under planning click on it and select Add Mission.
- Now click on 'Create mission' in the grid mission option and enter a name for the mission.
- Right-click on the map to create a grid. The organizer may then adjust the vertices of the polygon according to their preferences.
Creating a Grid mission
- Spacing: The operator can adjust the distance between each parallel sweep by adjusting the spacing.
- Angle: The angle can be adjusted to change the start and end points of the grid.
Adjusting the spacing and the angle of the grid.
Once the organizer has successfully configured the grid layout, they should configure the Grid Route which includes the:
Adjusting the mission speed and altitude of grid
- Mission Altitude: This is the altitude at which the drone will execute the mission from the take-off point till the end point of the mission.
- Mission Speed: The speed at which the drone will travel from the start point to the end point of the grid.
- Mission Start Speed: This is the speed of the drone from its home point to the start point of the marked grid area.
- Finish Action: The drone will perform the set finish action when it reaches the end point of the mission. The organizer may set the finish action to Return to Docking Station, Return to Home/ Return to Safe Location, Land, or Hover.
- Grid Actions: FlytBase dashboard allows organizers to add the following grid actions for their mission:
- Gimbal Pitch: This instructs the aircraft to automatically adjust gimbal angles ranging from -90° to 0°. Downward pitch angles are represented by -90° and upward pitch angles by 0°. When selected, this action will be triggered at the starting point of the mission.
- Start Video Recording: When selected, the drone would start video recording at the start point of the grid and will continue recording till it lands.
- Capture Image on Time Interval: FlytBase serves the ability to capture images at set time intervals of a minimum of 3 seconds to maximum of 15 seconds. When selected, the drone would capture images at the set time intervals from the start point to the end point of the grid.
Once configured, click 'Create'. The mission will now appear in the 'missions' tab on the FlytBase dashboard.
When it comes to capturing precision aerial data via aerial surveys, having a good definition of the required area is the starting point for any project. A KML (Keyhole Markup Language) file is used to display geographic data (polygon areas and linear paths).
This feature reduces the workload of a user when planning complex mission flows with FlytBase. Since the format KML is widely known and accepted, it provides users with the ability to create complex missions via the FlytBase dashboard.
The KML file must not contain a flight path, waypoint actions, and curved or circular path.
- 1.Path mission: To import a path mission, go to the missions tab, click on 'add mission' and select the 'import mission' option. The operator can then configure the mission route and waypoint settings. Refer to the path mission tab to set the parameters for the mission.
Create a Path mission using KML import
Please ensure that the KML file does not contain a closed shape when creating a Path Mission.
2. Grid mission: To import a grid mission, go to the missions tab, click on 'add mission', and select 'import mission' under the grid mission option. The shape created in the KML file must be a polygon to create a grid mission.
The operator may then configure the grid route and layout settings. Refer to the grid mission tab to set the parameters for the mission.
Create a grid mission using KML import
Please ensure that the KML file does not contain more than one shape.
There are two ways to execute a mission :
- 1.Launching the drone
- 2.Starting the mission from the drone card
Ensure that the operator has the required airspace regulatory permissions to fly the drone.
- Navigate to the operation drawer, click on Drone and select a drone for the mission.
- Click on the Launch button in the bottom right corner of the Dashboard.
Launch Button on dashboard
- Set the mode of flight to Mission and click on the Start button.
- Select the desired mission name and click on the Start button.
Select a mission to be executed
- Check all safety checklist parameters.
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