I am writing a software for ArduPilot aerial survey flight planning, I intend to make it FREE for download for DIYDRONES community. This software would be similar to commercially available programs for Micropilot based Cropcam UAV. I would like to know what kind of features you would be looking for. Your feedback would be very helpful.

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Thanks for sharing

Dear Fouad,


Great initiative. An option few mission planning software for geoapplications have, is to set directly set up the mission plan for 3D acquisition (every point on the terrain pictures from 4 angels).

I am in the beginning stages of planning a crop survey drone.  I feel there is a real need for them, and I have had interest from several farmers in checking large fields with a plane that could take clear pictures either on disc or live feed to a recorder.  I was amazed that auto-pilots are being built that can fly a pre programmed course. 

I am very new to all of this and trying to figure out what I will need, suggestions for flying fields that are a mile long just how many trips it could conceivably make with a battery or perhaps gas model.  Any help would be appreciated.


Hi Mark,


Interesting document you have made. I see you added the nex3 to it. I was wondering how you got the automatical triggering, since nex3 does not have an IR remote control possibility. I was considdering buying the nex3, but perhaps you know if the continuos triggering is good enough, I mean, does it acquire por example pictures every 1 or 2 seconds untill the memory card is full?

Thanks for your answer.


Hi all,

I'm searching for a Flight Planning Software for Aerial Mapping. I read all the posts but nothing about an open source solution to generate flight plan, with GUI based on google earth maps or other. I use the freeware GSD Calculator (http://www.aerial-survey-base.com/gsd-calculator/) to calculate GSD, overlap/sidelap, but mapping interface is missing ;-(


Best regards.


Mission Planner is excellent for general flight plan, download michaels mission planner and give taht a try. Are you wanting to do the mission planning for a manned plane?
Michael added support for intermediate waypoints along the flight line not too long ago, so now it is a fully functional graphical map based photo layout flight planner for manned aircraft as well. We also make a hardware device to connect your aviation gps to your camera to automatically trigger the camera from a flight plan made with APM mission planner and uploaded to the gps. see: http://airbornescientific.com/content/OSAC

thanks, but OSAC is out of price !!!!

But the software OSAC Flight Planning Software is seems to be very usefull, but what's the price ?

I tested APM mission planner but i cannot make a good flight plan. I want to make flight plans for UAV and ULM.


I am building a Y copter for arial survey and am also looking for a open sourced waypoint planner software. 

If you have found one or completed your project please let me know.


Hi it would be great if you could could work out the speed that the craft must travel at ?? height to be able to overlap the images by 60% given the focal lenth and footprint the camera will give at a certain height and also give you a flight plan based on the area that needs scanning

Thanks George 


You have hit the nail on the head. So far I cannot find this type of program on the web.

How are you going with this task have you finished yet.

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