Path Mission

Guide on how to make a Path mission using Waypoints on the FlytBase dashboard.

A Path Mission refers to a predefined flight operation where the drone follows a specific route mapped out using waypoints. The drone can perform certain actions at waypoints, and adjust speed and altitude while traveling between them. This mission type is essential for tasks that require precise movement along a designated path, offering control over the drone's flight pattern.

Path Mission Planning

  • Inside the Navigation Drawer, select the Missions tab under the Planning section.

Creating a new Path Mission

  • Under the Path Mission section, select + Create mission tab.

  • Provide a name for the new mission.

  • Select the Site you want the mission to be a part of. Only members of the site selected will have access to the mission for drone operations. Refer to the following documentation to know more:

Site Management

You can add a mission to multiple Sites.

  • Assign Tags to your mission for better mission management.

To learn about mission management, please refer to the following documentation.

Mission Management
  • Left-click on the map to add a waypoint for the mission.

Operators can efficiently plan complex path missions with multiple waypoints using Smart Selection Tools.

Configuring Mission Route and Waypoint Parameters

You can configure the following Path Mission Route parameters on FlytBase:

1. Route Altitude

This is the default altitude at which the mission will be conducted. There are three types of route altitude references that you can select:

  • Relative Take-off Point (RTL) Altitude is set relative to the Reference Take-off Point as marked on the map while planning a mission. Additional care should be taken when planning close to ground in uneven terrain. Route/waypoint altitude needs to be adjusted based on terrain height.

  • Above Sea Level (ASL) Absolute altitude of the drone as represented in the EGM model. Use ASL for missions that require global altitude measurements, since the reference is set to the sea level.

  • Above Ground Level (AGL) Altitude is set relative to the ground level. Reliable ground elevation data is essential for using this option safely. This mode is best suited to follow the terrain automatically to maintain a specific elevation above ground at any point in the mission.

Currently, only the RTL altitude can be set on the dashboard.

You can also set the Route Altitude/Flight Altitude by going to Settings -> Flight Configuration -> Flight Altitude. The Route altitude set during mission planning will take precedence over the value specified for Flight altitude in the Settings.

2. Take-off Altitude

Take-off altitude settings allow you to specify a height for the drone to reach during take-off, ensuring it ascends safely before proceeding with its mission. Once the designated take-off altitude is achieved, the drone will move diagonally towards the first waypoint. There are two methods to set the take-off altitude:

You can set a device-specific Take-off Altitude / Safe Altitude by going to Devices -> Device Settings -> Drone Safety. The safe take-off altitude set during mission planning will take precedence over the one set in Device Settings.

  • Default Take-off Altitude The drone will achieve the first waypoint's altitude and then approach the first waypoint.

  • Safe Take-off Altitude The drone will achieve the Safe Take-off altitude and then diagonally proceed to the first waypoint.

3. Route Speed

The speed set here will be the default speed at which the mission will be executed. However, if a different speed is required between two or more waypoints, it can be configured in waypoint-specific settings.

The option to select the follow route speed comes while specifying waypoints. Refer to the following documentation to know more.

4. Route Waypoint Type

This allows you to set how the drone will approach each waypoint, and consequently what the path would look like. There are five options to choose from:

  • Linear Route The drone takes a straight path and stops at each waypoint.

  • Transit before Waypoint The drone takes a curved path before reaching each waypoint and flies through it.

  • Curved path, stops at waypoint The drone takes a curved path and stops at each waypoint.

  • Curved path, moves smoothly The drone follows a curved path and moves steadily at a constant speed without stopping at any waypoint.

  • Controlled radius The drone will turn before the current waypoint such that the radius of turn is the controlled radius.

The drone will only respond to waypoint actions on routes where it reaches the waypoint. These routes include linear, curved with stops, and curved with smooth movement.

5. Drone Yaw

You can choose between the following drone yaw modes while flying between mission waypoints:

  • Along Route: The drone heading will match the mission path after every waypoint. It will reset the yaw angle while leaving the waypoint to match that of the path.

  • Lock Yaw Axis: The drone heading will be locked at the last position from the previous waypoint and will maintain this angle while flying toward the next waypoint.

  • Manual: The drone heading will align with the path toward the next waypoint by default unless changed via the remote controller.

6. Gimbal / Payload Control

You can set between the following modes for gimbal pitch while flying between mission waypoints:

  • Waypoint specific - The gimbal pitch can be set for every specific waypoint to approach the next waypoint. After performing all the waypoint actions, the drone will reset its gimbal to the specified angle.

  • Manual - The gimbal will retain its last position from the previous waypoint, unless changed via the remote controller.

7. Payload Settings:

You can select which imaging sensors should be used during the mission from the following options:

  • Zoom

  • Wide

  • IR Mode / Thermal Mode

Refer to the following documentation to learn more about payload controls.

Payload Controls

8. Finish Action

Choose the finish action for the drone when it reaches the last waypoint of the mission. Here are the different finish actions you can configure:

  • Return to the docking station (RTDS) - The drone goes back to the docking station.

  • Exit Mission and Hover - The drone hovers at the last waypoint.

  • Go to First Waypoint and Hover - The drone moves to the first waypoint and starts hovering.

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).

To configure the Waypoint parameters, please refer to the following link.

  • Once all settings have been done, click on Save Mission. The mission will then appear in the Missions tab on the FlytBase dashboard.

To learn how to plan a Grid Mission, please refer to the following documentation.

Grid Mission

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