Mission editor: flight preparation

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By default, mission editor is the first window that is displayed after application starts. UgCS version number of application is displayed in the upper left corner. Please provide the UgCS version number when contacting UgCS support. Please see Figure 4 for more detailed explanation of main functionality.

Mission editor



#UI block Description
1 MENU button to access Main Menu settings, switches between Mission editor or Telemetry player screens, and Exits (Quits) software. Available functions for the Mission editor mode are to Create a new, Open existing, Stop editing, Remove, Import or Export a mission. Functions for the Telemetry player's mode: Import and Export telemetry.
2 From left to right: Add new route button, following by the list of created Route cards.

Each Route card indicates: Route's name, Assigned vehicle profile, Status of route's calculation, option to lock route for editing (route is automatically locked after uploading to vehicle), option to Hide/Show the route and Parameters setting button (right bottom corner of the Route card - the gears symbol).

  • Hovering cursor over Route card - displays short route status.
  • Click the calculation indicator of the Route to open / hide Route’s log.
  • Double-clicking the Route’s card will recenter the point of view to appropriate route on the map.

Route calculation indicators:

  • Green check - the route is calculated and is ready to upload to the vehicle;
  • Yellow dot - the route is not calculated. If calculation doesn’t start automatically, click the yellow dot to initiate calculation;
  • Red exclamation - route calculated with errors.
3 Route planning tools and associated tool’s settings window - select a tool, draw route segment on the map, then configure parameters in route’s tool setting window. Note: available Route planning tools can differ, depending on vehicle type.

To draw a route double-click (or SHIFT+click) on the map. To draw a freehanded curve, hold Alt+left click and draw by moving mouse on the map.

4 Modifying tools: the + Modifier tool allows to add segments before selected segment into created route; the freehand Modifier tool allows to draw a freehand line, that will be automatically converted to waypoint route.
5 Measurement tools: Distance, Area and Visibility measurement tools.
6 No-Fly-Zone drawing tools: Polygon and Conical drawing tools.
7 Compass, cursors coordinates on map and elevation indicator. To return the map to North-up view, click the compass icon.
8 Route’s log - all route related notifications are displayed here. To open the log, click on route card’s calculation status indicator.
9 Show / hide route’s log button.
10 Vehicle's log - recent vehicle related notifications appear here, but will disappear after some time. To open full vehicle notification list, click Show log button.
11 Elevation’s profile - displaying the AMSL or AGL elevation of the vehicle for the planned route. Also, displaying the estimated distance of the route, estimated duration of the flight, total count of waypoints and minimal and maximal altitude AMSL/AGL.
12 Vehicle’s command buttons - these commands are never blocked to provide the pilot with ability to send any command to the vehicle at any time.
Note: Vehicle command buttons can differ, depending on vehicle type.
  • Button is dark grey - it is active and command can be sent to vehicle. If button is light-grey - based on telemetry data, it is not possible to send command to vehicle - the button is inactive.
  • Button has green border - according to telemetry data, the vehicle is in current mode. (On the example screenshot, the vehicle is Disarmed in Auto mode.)
  • Some commands may require confirmation to activate them; therefore, an additional window will be displayed.
13 Telemetry’s window for selected vehicle.
14 From right to left: Add vehicle button (+) adds vehicle to the mission from a list. Usually all vehicles connected via datalink to the computer, are automatically added to the list. Vehicle cards are displayed to the left from Add vehicle button, indicating: Vehicle name, Battery status, Uplink level, Downlink level, GPS status (satellites count) and settings button (right bottom corner on Vehicle icon).
  • Hovering cursor over Vehicle card shows basic information about the vehicle (name, profile, serial number, connection port)
  • Double-clicking the Vehicle card will recenter the point of view to the appropriate vehicle position on the map.
15 User interface minimize / restore button - hides or displays all user interface (UI) elements.
16 Clock - displays clock with milliseconds, hover mouse cursor over the clock.
17 License status indicator - displays the license activation status of UgCS: green - the license is activated, yellow - not activated.
18 Video recording indicator - during video recording the square is red, otherwise - white.
19 ADS-B indicator - connection status of the ADS-B receiver: the indicator is green if connected, grey - if not.
20 Input mapping (keyboard symbol) - keyboard and joystick configuration to check mapping and calibration for connected devices.
21 Map option menu (globe symbol) - Layers: select map and overlay providers, elevation sources; add buildings, import placemarks and offline caching.
22 Location search field - enter address or latitude and longitude coordinates to navigate to the desired location. This function depends on internet connection!
23 Mission’s title field - double-click to change the title of the mission. The title saves automatically.