Kristaps Brass's Blog (32)

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Naza-M V2



This is the second instalment in a series in which we test the precision of different drones and autopilots by flying them on a standard photogrammetry mission created in UgCS.



Last week we published a test of DJI Phantom 4 where we tested the precision of this drone on our photogrammetry route. In…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 24, 2017 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Phantom 4



Here at SPH Engineering we have a fleet of various drones we use for diverse research and development projects as well as testing new releases of UgCS.



When it comes to using drones for land surveying, mapping or 3D reconstructions, flight precision plays an important role. This is why we decided to test the precision of different drones to see how well they compare to one another. For that we prepared a short photogrammetry mission in UgCS to see how well does the…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 17, 2017 at 7:58am — 2 Comments

Universal Adapter for DJI Gimbals

We would like to share with you a project we've been working on at SPH Engineering. We have developed an adapter that makes it possible to connect and use DJI gimbals / camera systems with virtually any other drone or autopilot.

It was designed as a part of our tethered drone system AirMast…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 4, 2017 at 2:30pm — 16 Comments

UgCS Used By Drone Pilots in 159 Countries!



UgCS has been developed for more than 4 years and it is used in 159 countries - a fact that motivates us to continue improvement of UgCS. Although our Customer team would be glad to travel to 159 countries, but understanding, that we can’t meet all UgCS users in person - we…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 1, 2017 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

UgCS 2.10 Has Been Released





SPH Engineering’s latest update to UgCS mission planning software for drones brings improvements to features, user interface ergonomics and a new affordable licence type for UAV professionals.




Added support for PX4, DJI Matrice 600 and DJI A3…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on December 15, 2016 at 7:39am — No Comments

Creating a Mesh Network With Drones



Operating in remote areas can present challenges in communications. In areas with weak or non-existing communication networks, large changes in elevation or obstacles, one must look for other purposes of establishing communications. Where there are no towers, drones can be used to set up temporary…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on September 19, 2016 at 11:11am — 3 Comments

How to get an accurate map in your ground station

How often do you need to make repeatable flights in areas for which Google or other map provider data is outdated? It’s a typical scenario for flying a drone in rapidly changing areas such as construction sites, quarries, mines, disaster areas etc.…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on September 15, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

UgCS 2.9 Update 1 Is Now Live

We’re proud and very excited to announce the release of the newest version of UgCS ground station software for drones – UgCS 2.9 Update 1. We’ve put in a lot of work to make sure this is the most polished version of UgCS ever. Along with changes in UgCS desktop version, the users of “UgCS for DJI”…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on September 1, 2016 at 12:44am — 9 Comments

How To Move The Entire Route In UgCS



Hey, DIYDrones community,



We've had the request to implement a feature that allows moving the entire UgCS route.



This feature is coming, however, in the meanwhile, we have developed a script that allows you to move the entire route with ease.



The script is…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on August 24, 2016 at 4:30am — 2 Comments

Converting KML files into UgCS routes



Hi,

We have had quite a few requests about importing KML files in our UgCS ground control software.

Unfortunately UgCS doesn't have such functionality. However, we have prepared a simple converter for this purpose. It can take polygons from a KML file and generate a UgCS route with…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on August 3, 2016 at 1:44am — 2 Comments

Real-world flight with five Pixhawk-equipped drones using UgCS DDC



Last week we revealed the newest addition to UgCS family of ground control software - UgCS Drone Dance Controller. UgCS DDC allows the simultaneous and synchronized control of up to dozens of drones. It can be used to create spectacular shows using drones. Together with that we published a…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on July 26, 2016 at 2:15am — 1 Comment

SPH Engineering unveils an addition to UgCS family – UgCS Drone Dance Controller

As the popularity and availability of drones increases so do the ideas for applications. One such application is the use of drones for entertainment shows. While flying a pack of drones with synchronized moves in the air is no easy task, it can produce a truly stunning view, especially if the drones are equipped…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on July 19, 2016 at 3:07am — 4 Comments

Group flights of drones with RTK GPS and real-life precision of RTK receiver as main navigation aid



Lately we have been experimenting a lot with drones equipped with RTK GNSS receivers.

In our setup we used North Surveying RTKite receivers together with Pixhawk flight controllers.

This is a short video with fully automatic flight of 2 drones using RTK GPS. Initial distance between drones was 2…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on July 4, 2016 at 1:12am — 4 Comments

UgCS 2.9 Is Now Live



It’s been long in the making, but it’s finally here. UgCS has released a new version of its ground station software - UgCS 2.9 which features a ton of improvements and new features.

A feature often requested by the users - possibility of planning area scan missions by manually entering the altitude…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on June 20, 2016 at 6:05am — 7 Comments

Announcing Support for DJI Phantom 4 and Matrice 100 in UgCS





In 2015 DJI announced the DJI Matrice 100 – their version of a drone for developers and hardware enthusiasts. In early 2016 they released the new Phantom – DJI Phantom 4. Both of these drones feature intelligent maneuvering systems capable of seeing obstacles and are also capable of being equipped with…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on June 13, 2016 at 6:31am — 1 Comment

MicroPilot support in UgCS





UgCS by SPH Engineering is now compatible with autopilots made by MicroPilot Inc., including helicopter and multirotor autopilots.

 

April 5, 2016 – SPH Engineering and MicroPilot Inc. are pleased to announce that the UgCS ground control station software is now compatible with…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 5, 2016 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

Taking photos from windows of not-yet-existing buildings

After receiving an interesting request for drone usage from Japan, we decided to share it with you.

Oftentimes even before starting the construction of a building, the company needs to make the idea gain interest and acquire orders from potential customers. While the inside view of the apartments can be…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 28, 2016 at 2:30pm — 24 Comments

UgCS for 3D reconstruction of terrain and volume calculation



It's always rewarding to see our users using UgCS and being satisfied with the product we offer.



Our user Chani from Sweden shared this video with us of him using UgCS together with Pix4D to scan an area with DJI Naza-M V2. After the images taken during the flight were geotagged in UgCS, they were…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 24, 2016 at 8:05am — 2 Comments

UgCS 2.8.1 has been released!



We want to announce the release of UgCS 2.8.1 - an update to UgCS 2.8.

In the new version we have improved DJI vehicle detection algorithm as well as improved the DJI Datalink connectivity and stability. Hold & Continue commands have now been added to all DJI vehicles.

We have…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 23, 2016 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

UgCS - A Safe Platform For Unmanned Flights

 

It is well known that drones, along with other…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on February 22, 2016 at 6:08am — No Comments

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