Kristaps Brass's Blog (58)

How to import KML from Google Earth into UgCS as a route

In this article we're going to cover importing KML files from Google Earth into UgCS as routes.

Create KML file in Google Earth

In Google Earth click ‘Add’. To create a basic waypoint…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 12, 2018 at 7:43am — No Comments

Adding several emulator drones to UgCS



Hi,



As some of you may know, by default UgCS ground station software for drones comes with two emulators that you can use. Emulators are virtual drones that you can use to, firstly, get acquainted with UgCS before using it with a real drone and, second – to see a preview…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 4, 2018 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - DJI M600

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As promised, here is the next and so-far final episode in our autopilot precision series. In this series of videos and articles we test multiple drone autopilots in terms of precision by flying them on a simple (yet…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on April 3, 2018 at 2:08am — No Comments

A Guide to Camera Settings for Photogrammetry Routes in UgCS

The quality of images taken when using UgCS photogrammetry tool is highly dependent…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 27, 2018 at 7:50am — 2 Comments

Comparing Precision of Autopilots for Survey Missions - Yuneec H520

Hi,



After somewhat of a gap we have reached the next episode in our series of autopilot precision. In this series of videos / articles we test multiple drone autopilots in terms of precision by flying them on a simple photogrammetry route created in UgCS mission…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on March 23, 2018 at 4:51am — No Comments

Using Intel Aero with UgCS

Intel Aero is a cool little drone for developers that can be configured for various tasks and applications.



Due to it's versatility it's also possible to use it with UgCS. In this guide we will explain how.



1. Install latest firmware on vehicle. We did our tests on version…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on February 20, 2018 at 6:22am — 1 Comment

UgCS Update 2.13 Has Been Released



Hey, guys,



We just wanted to inform you that the new version of UgCS ground planning software for drones has been released and packs a ton of great new features and improvements.

  • To offer UgCS to a broader commercial market the support for YUNEEC H520 drone has been added.…
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Added by Kristaps Brass on January 30, 2018 at 8:38am — No Comments

Lego Sorter [Prototype] by SPH Engineering



Hi, guys,



A few of our engineers from UgCS team recently built a project in their off-time that we thought some of you might be interested in seeing. 



Since kids having lots of Lego bricks can cause somewhat of a chaos, the guys from our team have built an automated lego sorter to deal with…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on December 28, 2017 at 9:56am — 5 Comments

Universal Adapter for DJI Cameras / Gimbals



Hi, guys,



We'd like to update you on what's happening with our universal adapter for DJI cameras (see here for more info in case you've missed it).



While…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on December 20, 2017 at 2:55am — 2 Comments

UgCS 2.12 Has Been Released

Hi, guys,



We are glad to announce that a new version of UgCS is out - 2.12. Along with this update we are also releasing UgCS Mapper in beta version. UgCS Mapper is a geo-referenced image processing software that allows creation of preliminary orthophoto maps in-field,…

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Added by Kristaps Brass on November 2, 2017 at 11:54am — 2 Comments

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 — 13 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

Hi,



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

Hi, guys,

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



Hi, guys,



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

Hi,



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



Hi,



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

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