Kristaps Brass's Blog (48)

Precision of Vertical Maneuvers – It's All About Safety

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Not long ago we did tests with multiple different drones to find out how precisely can they follow a standard photogrammetry route -…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on September 21, 2017 at 5:42am — 8 Comments

Guidelines for building drones for shows

Hi, guys,

As some of you who follow us may know, for some time now already we have been offering an extension to UgCS mission planning software - UgCS DDC (Drone Dance Controller). UgCS DDC has been crafted from the ground-up with drone shows in mind and…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on September 11, 2017 at 5:06pm — No Comments

UgCS DDC Drone Swarm with Smoke



Recently we participated in an air show near our headquarters with 7 drones running ArduCopter. We thought you guys might be interested in seeing the footage.

UgCS DDC gives the power to create beautiful drone shows without the need to have sophisticated hardware. All of…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on August 22, 2017 at 2:28am — 4 Comments

Accessing UgCS Video Stream

When doing custom integration projects with UgCS, sometimes it might not be enough to only have the video stream window displayed in UgCS client. In this article we will explain in a few steps the simple process of accessing the stream.

The Video streamer component is located in UgCS…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on July 19, 2017 at 2:10am — No Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Pixhawk with ArduCopter firmware

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We have reached the long-awaited episode in our autopilot precision series in which we finally test Pixhawk. All drones are tested by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software. In this video Pixhawk was mounted on 3DR IRIS platform, the same…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on June 22, 2017 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Announcing release of UgCS 2.11

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We are very excited to announce the release of UgCS 2.11. It's been long in the making, but is finally here and we think you'll enjoy it. We have added countless new features and improvements to the new version, some of them are mentioned here.

First off, we have added…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on June 7, 2017 at 5:30am — No Comments

Using Fireworks on Drones



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Recently we were conducting pyrotechnics tests on drones for the purpose of using them drone shows.

We shot some video footage of the pyrotechnics tests and thought you guys might have an interest in seeing some drones shoot fireworks. Using UgCS DDC (Drone Dance…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on May 31, 2017 at 6:02am — 3 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Microdrones md4-200

We have reached the ninth week in of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software.



This week we put the Microdrones md4-200 to the test by running it through our…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on May 25, 2017 at 7:15am — 2 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Lockheed Martin Indago

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This is the eighth part of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission planning software.



This week it’s finally time to put the Lockheed Martin Indago professional drone to…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on May 18, 2017 at 11:37pm — 1 Comment

Tethered drone 8 hour stress-test



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Recently we did an endurance test on our AirMast drone. We thought you guys might be interested in seeing the video of it.



In the test the drone was made to hover in the air for 8 hours straight. It was powered from the ground through a lightweight cable. The system…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on May 8, 2017 at 10:49am — 3 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Inspire 1

We have reached the seventh week in our autopilot precision series. In this series we test different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS.



So far we have tested quite a few drones, including DJI Phantom 4 and 3, DJI Naza-M V2, Mikrokopter Quad XL,…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 28, 2017 at 3:23am — No Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI Phantom 3



We have reached the sixth week in our autopilot precision series. In this series we test different drones and autopilots by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS.



So far we have analysed DJI Phantom 4, DJI Naza-M V2, Mikrokopter Quad XL, DJI A2 as well as PX4. This week we take a…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 20, 2017 at 8:10am — 2 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - PX4



Hi, everyone, this is the fifth part of our autopilot precision series in which we test the different drones and autopilots by flying them on a photogrammetry route created in UgCS.



So far we have published the results for DJI Phantom 4, DJI Naza-M V2, Mikrokopter Quad XL and DJI A2. This week we finally…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 13, 2017 at 9:00am — 9 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI A2



We have reached the fourth week of our autopilot precision series. In this series of articles / videos we test the different drones by flying them on a standard photogrammetry route created in UgCS.



So far we have analysed DJi Phantom 4, DJI Naza-M V2 and Mikrokopter Quad XL. In this week’s video we take a…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 6, 2017 at 2:36am — 9 Comments

Universal Adapter for DJI Drone Cameras - Now supporting DJI Zenmuse XT infrared camera



Some of you might remember our previous post about the universal adapter for DJI gimbals we have developed: …

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 4, 2017 at 2:57am — No Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - MikroKopter Quad XL





This is the third week of our autopilot precision series. In this series of articles / videos we test the precision of different drones / autopilots by flying them on a standard photogrammetry mission created in UgCS.



Last two weeks we published the results of DJI Phantom 4…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 30, 2017 at 8:05am — 5 Comments

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 — 6 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 — 29 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

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