It is well known that drones, along with other aircraft, possess a certain safety risk when operated. This potential safety hazard of drones has been highlighted in the media many times. Oftentimes this serves as bad publicity for companies and individuals seeking to use drones to benefit the public. When it comes to automated mission planning for drones, there are steps one can take to ensure that there are as many safeguards in place as possible. Not only does this make it safer for the operator, but it also increases the feeling of safety for the public.
UgCS has been developed with flight safety in mind. UgCS comes with several in-built safeguards. These are some of them.
In-built no-fly zones
UgCS comes out of the box with in-built no-fly zones around all major airports as well as the ability to create your own custom no-fly zones. This allows the operator to be sure that the flights are within legal distances from airports. Furthermore, if a part of the route intersects the no-fly zone, the route is calculated in a way so that the waypoints are placed around the no-fly zone.
Return home action
In addition to the return home switch on your remote, UgCS offers return home command through an action button on the screen. Moreover, the home location can be configured to either be in a specific point or in the first waypoint in the mission.
In UgCS you are able to configure fail-safes on what your drone should do in case of GPS loss, radio communication loss or low battery level.
Configurable drone parameters
When each mission is calculated in UgCS, the approximated flight time of the mission is shown. Each drone has a configurable maximum flight time. In case the approximated flight time exceeds the maximum flight time for the drone, the mission is not processed.
In a similar fashion each drone type has adjustable battery voltage levels, GPS satellite levels and telemetry levels, meaning that once it gets below the threshold, a warning is displayed in the flight data window.
UgCS supports ADS-B receivers. These can be plugged into the USB port of the computer and will then be recognized. We can recommend microADSB-USB devices. In case your drone gets too close to a flying aircraft with ADS-B transponder, you will get a proximity warning in UgCS.
In addition to that, UgCS supports drones which are equipped with onboard ADS-B transponders. setup, through UgCS you are able to set ICAO ID, Flight ID and SQUAWK Code.
Terrain and building import
In UgCS you can import your own 3D models of buildings and terrain elevation profiles for places where the default Google terrain elevation is not precise enough. You can use these models to make your flight plans more precise.
To find out more about these features yourself, download the latest version of UgCS.
Get it here: www.ugcs.com